By James Pero In Las Vegas For Dailymail.com
Published: 10:27 GMT, 8 January 2020 | Updated: 10:28 GMT, 8 January 2020
Not even your local pizza joint is safe from the forward progress of automation.
At CES, a Seattle based Picnic showcased its automated pizza-making system that can swiftly assemble and cook pies with minimal human interaction.
The system, which consists of three compact modular panels that assemble to form a conveyor belt, is capable of taking a pre-made pizza crust, adorning it with toppings, and cooking the pie to pre-specified doneness.
What’s even more compelling than the fact the pizza is made with little to no human input, however, is the speed at which Picnic’s bot operates.
According to CEO Clayton Wood, the bot can churn out an impressive 300 12-inch pizzas every hour when at max capacity.
Seattle based Picnic showcased its automated pizza-making system that can swiftly assemble and cook pie’s with minimal human interaction
An empty crust is placed on the conveyor belt then a human worker inputs the specifications of the pie – such as size of the pizza and desired toppings.
The crust then goes through the assembly, starting with the sauce, then cheese and toppings and finally, the pie is baked to perfection.
According to him, that rate handily beats a traditional pizzeria which can typically only produce about 250 pizzas per day.
As for quality, Picnic wanted CES attendees to know just exactly how a pizza made by a robot tastes and was serving up pie’s for those perusing the show floor.
While the company decided to make a ‘convention style’ pizza which was typical for what is normally served at CES, Wood said that Picnic is customizable and can change its output depending on