Flippy was “temporarily suspended” after the fast food chain realized the robot could not keep up with the demand for burgers.
Robot Cook Fired After One Day For Being Too Slow
“Flippy”- the fast food robot - was supposed to revolutionize a California fast food kitchen, churning out 150 burgers per hour without requiring a paycheck or benefits, but lost his job after only one day, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Working as a cook at a Caliburger location in Pasadena, Flippy the burger-flipping robot was in some ways a victim of his own success.
Inundated with customers eager to see the machine in action this week, Cali Group, which runs the fast food chain, quickly realized the robot couldn’t keep up with the demand.
They decided instead to retrain the restaurant staff to work more efficiently alongside Flippy, according to USA Today.
Temporarily decommissioned, patrons encountered a sign Thursday noting that Flippy would be “cooking soon,” the paper reported.
“Mostly it’s the timing,” Anthony Lomelino, the Chief Technology Officer for Cali Group told the paper.
“When you’re in the back, working with people, you talk to each other. With Flippy, you kind of need to work around his schedule. Choreographing the movements of what you do, when and how you do it.”
The robot, or more specifically, a specialized industrial six-axis robotic arm bolted to the kitchen floor, was supposed to work lunchtime shifts at the international burger chain.
The robot is designed to take burger orders through a digital ticketing system, then flips the burger patties and removes them from the grill.
It uses thermal and regular vision, as well as cameras, to detect when the raw meat is placed on the grill, then monitors each burger throughout its cooking process.