Japanese chain revolving sushi restaurants use RFID and other technologies to automate production, greatly reducing costs
As described in the 2011 film jiro's dream of sushi, many people regard sushi making as an exquisite handicraft, but some modern Japanese restaurants have succeeded in reversing this idea.The Kura, for example, no longer use experienced Sushi chef Sushi restaurant chain as before by their predecessors handmade Sushi and volumes, but deployed an army of kitchen robot made of metal, can be accurately according to the requirements of mechanical production within the time specified food - some machines to do folios some Sushi, machine and the machine will mustard sauce onto the perfect shape, size, medium rice balls.
Since its inception 37 years ago, advanced technology has been the backbone of every aspect of Kura Sushi, a popular Sushi restaurant.
Kura Sushi has always made technology the backbone of its business and stood out so much that it operates more than 400 stores worldwide and its parent company has a market value of more than $1.5 billion.In August, Kura Sushi USA, a collection of 22 revolving Sushi restaurants, raised $41 million in an initial public offering.The stock jumped 40% on the first day of trading.
Over the years, Kura sushi has patented 31 technological inventions and has been developing its complex automated food ordering, preparation, distribution and billing system.Perhaps its most valuable patent is its transparent dome-shaped disk cap, called Sendo Kun, or "Mr.Fresh."The transparent lid sits on top of each dish and is turned back when the dish is slightly raised.The point is that the cap contains an embedded chip and a matching monitoring system that tracks how long each plate has been circulating on the secondary conveyor belt.There anyone can help themselves to food.
Thanks to this advanced level of automation, Kura sushi employs very few chefs and waiters.Compared with traditional restaurants, the savings are obvious.In addition, assistive technologies such as RFID readers and food-feeding algorithms can further reduce labor costs and food waste.
Japan now has tens of thousands of imitators, most of them using sushi-making robots made by Suzumo machinery, which move plates on conveyor belts to deliver dishes accurately to customers who order through touch-screen panels.
Kura sushi has deployed several technical systems on the back end, one of which combines real-time data with information about how much food was consumed in a comparable period of time in the past to adjust production as needed.The chain also USES a remote assistance system with a camera to remotely transmit images to human monitors, who can then immediately check the number and type of goods on the conveyor belt and make recommendations.