Robot Burgers in San Francisco

Robot Burgers in San Francisco

September 14, 2018

Try the new $6 burger. It’s made by a robot in the new Creator restaurant in San Francisco.

The robot uses over 350 sensors and 20 computers to make the customizable burger.  The restaurant is only open part-time at the moment, but plans to open full-time in September.  All of the ingredients are locally sourced.

Currently, four kinds of hamburgers are being made by the robot.  But in the future, customers will be able to control how much sauce and seasonings will be added by the robot.  Inherently, all of the sides are made by humans, and the ordering process is manual as well.


Video Spotlight: Robots Are Making Burgers in San Francisco


This post is based on the NPR article, Fad or the Future? Robot-Made Burgers Wow the Crowds in San Francisco, by Anna Mantzaris, August 24, 2018; and the YouTube video, World’s First Entirely Robotic Restaurant | Robots are Making Burgers in San Francisco, by Prep4School, June 23, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Palto.

Discussion Questions:

1. Why use a robot for making a hamburger?

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China and Industry 4.0

China and Industry 4.0

September 3, 2018

China is leading the world in implementation of Industry 4.0.

Industry 4.0 is a digital factory concept that promises to dramatically increase productivity, decrease inventory holding costs, improve quality, and increase forecasting accuracy.  The IT architecture has to be built around the company’s unique business needs and processes instead of building a strategy around a particular technology to make Industry 4.0 work.

Investments in Industry 4.0 should have a payback period of less than two years.

This post is based on the McKinsey article, Imperatives for China’s factories of the future, by Anil Sikka, August 3, 2018. Image source: Shutterstock / Phonlamai Photo.

Discussion Questions:

1.  Industry 4.0 requires a major investment in IT architecture, e.g. data, analytics, robots. Are there limitations to implementation of Industry 4.0 that were not mentioned in the article for companies in the United States?

Guidance: Review the concept of scalability.  Students should recognize that the costs of implementation may limit Industry 4.0 to larger companies.  Additional issues that should be noted are workforce availability to implement and operate the IT architecture, and the requirement for tighter supply chain integration.

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