The developers of the Perm Polytechnic Institute have designed a robot that will automatically bake filled pancakes. The development, which has no analogues yet, will be able to replace two pancake bakers. She will fulfill individual customer orders in the cafe. According to the researchers, the invention will pay off for business in less than a year. Next in line are devices for preparing other dishes: from pastries to soups and salads.
The installation is unique in terms of functionality: it is a mechatronic device with three movable carriages that will perform the main functions. The user will only need to select the necessary parameters of the desired dish in the SCADA-system - a special computer program.
She controls the installation, sends signals for cooking pancakes to the programmable logic controller and monitors the status of important components of the device. After that, the robot pancake maker prepares the dish in a fully automatic mode and pours the sauce. The carriages interact according to a predetermined algorithm.
“Now only large factories produce pancake products in automatic mode. Baking for individual customers, for example in a cafe, is developing at a slow pace. Innovative developments in this area will help businesses to increase productivity and product quality, as well as gain competitive advantages,”says the author of the project, a fourth-year student at the Department of Microprocessor Automation at Perm Polytechnic University Anton Svitek.
The expected maximum capacity of the plant is 60 pancakes per hour, the developers say. This is twice as much as the pancake baker prepares. According to preliminary data, the device will pay off for business in 11.5 months. Its cost will be about half a million rubles.
Unlike analogs, it will be possible to integrate existing equipment into the installation - for example, frying surfaces. During installation, the device does not require special structural elements: it can be assembled and installed in the distribution hall. “Our development will help entrepreneurs to optimize costs. In addition, in a pandemic, when it is necessary to reduce human contact, cooking with robots is especially important,”the researcher explains.
Now the developers have created a virtual design of the installation. They plan to test the prototype within a year. The authors of the project plan to develop a series of devices for catering establishments that will prepare various dishes - from baked goods to soups and salads.