QSR kitchen automation specialist Karakuri has unveiled a new collection of robots to man restaurant fry lines and help operators become more time efficient and reduce waste during the cooking process.
The company, which focuses on supplying fast casual restaurants with intelligent, robotic kitchen automation solutions, launched the /FRYR automated fry lines today.
The family of high-precision frying solutions includes the /FRYR210, which combines robotics and real-time data analysis to provide restaurants with optimal fried food production of up to 130lbs/60kg of french fries per hour. Simultaneously, /FRYR210 improves food quality and consistency by ensuring the SOP is adhered to 100% of the time.
/FRYR210’s automation works with existing fry wells, extraction and fire suppression to allow employees to spend less time in front of the fryer and more time on value added, customer-focused tasks at hand.
Barney Wragg, CEO and co-founder of Karakuri, said: “With more than 22 billion pounds of French fries eaten each year globally, frying is a massive business. Every restaurant knows that serving consistently crispy, fluffy fries will keep customers coming back for more.
“Our new family of /FRYR automated fry lines is changing the game for QSR and fast casual restaurants. It strikes the perfect balance of food, people and intelligent automation allowing restaurants to deliver expertly fried food with total consistency and availability, at a price point that works for their bottom line.”
The /FRYR family combines the company’s innovative hardware and software, aiming to ensure increased throughput, consistency and quality.
Karakuri’s patented /APC portion control technology is able to prepare variable basket volumes, ensuring fry baskets are filled with exactly the right amount of product to match restaurant demand.
Other features of the new robots include maximised operation efficiency by real-time monitoring and prediction of frozen food levels, with /FRYR alerting staff in advance when frozen produce needs refilling, avoiding costly delays.
The robots, which are easily installed, reduce energy consumption and increase oil lifespan, helping operators to maximise on kitchen space and efficiency.
Mr Wragg added: “The /FRYR210 is the first in a family of fry line solutions. We will be expanding the /FRYR range in the future to support varying numbers of fry wells and freezers to help meet the cost and capacity demands of every restaurant.”
/FRYR210 is available via Karakuri’s Performance Partnership business model, starting at $2,100 per month, with the first installations due to take place this year.