US-based robotic cooker firm Miso Robotics has revealed its newest product line, Flippy Wings.
This is a robotic chicken wing frying solution designed for high-volume restaurants, with Miso partnering with multi-brand restaurant company Inspire Brands on its development.
One of the firm’s brand, Buffalo Wild Wings, began testing Flippy Wings at the Inspire Brands Innovation Center this autumn. Built on Miso’s latest Flippy platform (originally created to auto-flip burgers), the Flippy Wings edition is designed to meet the specific needs of restaurants, particularly those that specialise in buffalo wings.
The technology is aimed at maximising efficiency for operators, and through a Robot-as-a-Service (RaaS) model, restaurants could see a positive ROI from the first day of operation. The robotic solution also allows restaurants to redeploy team members to more guest-facing functions, which could improve the dining experience.
Mike Bell, CEO of Miso Robotics, said: “We’re incredibly proud to not only unveil Flippy Wings, but to also have an exceptional brand like Inspire share our vision of kitchen automation.
“From day one, Flippy Wings will cook more food with less waste and save staff for higher value contributions. Flippy Wings fries fresh, frozen or hand-breaded products like a pro, avoiding cross contamination and increasing throughput while reducing costs. It is fast, safer to operate than traditional fryers and the whole system can be set up in just a few hours over existing equipment. We think team members in restaurants everywhere are going to love having Flippy Wings working for them.”
Flippy Wings includes a new AutoBin system which provides kitchen staff with food-safe bins where products are dropped to be cooked. AI vision automatically identifies the food, then Flippy Wings picks it up, cooks and drops it off into a hot holding area. Team members should be able to cook more while spending less time attending to the deep fryer. The frying area can also be safer as Flippy Wings eliminates several hot touchpoints and decreases oil spillage. Also, Miso’s tests show a 10-20% overall increase in food production speeds when deploying the machine.
The first Flippy Wings unit, dubbed ‘Wingy’ by the kitchen team, is currently installed at the Inspire Brands Innovation Center in Atlanta, Georgia, where the robot is being tailored and tuned to specifications. Another unit will be installed at Inspire’s Alliance Kitchen, the operator’s ghost kitchen, to test it in a real cooking environment, before eventually making its way to a standalone Buffalo Wild Wings location next year.
Paul Brown, CEO of Inspire Brands said: “Technology is making a fundamental impact on the end-to-end restaurant operational model. Intelligent automation including AI and robotics will not only transform how we communicate with and take orders from our guests but also how we prepare and serve food to those guests. This transformation will ultimately result in improved efficiencies in our restaurants and an overall elevated experience for our guests and our team members.”