A Taiwanese café has opted to use Universal Robots in an attempt to address the ongoing recruitment issue faced by the food and beverage industry.
Babo Arms, which serves a range of coffees, teas and snacks, has said it was looking for almost two years to find a suitable collaborative robot that would be able to take over repetitive and simple tasks, before deciding on the UR cobot.
The cobots were allegedly chosen for their safety record and the ease of the installation and deployment process.
Due to its adoption of the new technology, staff working at the café will no longer have to memorise a mass of ingredients, with the robot helping staff make tea and drinks.
The café said that the introduction of the robots ensured staff had more time to focus on the more creative aspects of the business, including new product development.
Universal Robots was co-founded in 2005 by the company’s CTO, Esben Østergaard, who wanted to make robot technology accessible to all by developing small, user-friendly, reasonably priced, flexible industrial robots that are safe to work with.
Headquartered in Germany, the firm has a North American office in Boston.