New soba noodle-making robot at Japan train station eatery can cook 150 servings an hour
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March 23 2021

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

New soba noodle-making robot at Japan train station eatery can cook 150 servings an hour

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The robot fetches soba noodles from a box with one arm, and places it in a strainer. Then with the other arm, it picks up the strainer and boils the noodles for a minute and 40 seconds, rinses off the viscous film on the surface and then dips the noodles in iced water to bring out their firmness. The robot can cook 150 servings in an hour, substituting the work of about one employee.

Connected Robotics commented, "Not only can it tackle the shortage of human resources, it can also cook without any human contact and is therefore useful in reducing the risk of coronavirus infections." JR East Foods, meanwhile, explained, "We aim to implement it (the robot) at 30 stores by the end of fiscal 2025."

Eoin Treacy's view

Upward pressure on minimum wages creates an incentive to do away with minimum wage workers. The trend in restaurants is towards online/tablet ordering and point of sale machine payments. Humans are required to clean up, serve, prepare and cook the food. The higher wages go the more intense efforts will be to do away with unskilled work.

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