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Pour beer, not noodles… Robots on the golf course

“There is a robot, so I came to see it. It’s amazing to see them tilt their cups when pouring draft beer.” On the 19th, the third day of the KLPGA

Doosan Match Play Championship golf tournament held at Ladena Golf Club in Chuncheon, Gangwon-do . One of the galleries approached after discovering a group of robot arms installed in Gallery Plaza and smiled in front of the beer robot.

A beer robot installed in the Doosan Ladena GC robot food court./Reporter Park Jeong-yeop

Doosan Robotics prepared ROKEY Food Town using its collaborative robots for this event hosted by Doosan and Doosan Energity. The collaborative robot introduced five types of food and beverage ( F&B ) menus including beer, ice cream, noodles, chicken, and coffee.

At 2:00 noon on this day when the sun was hot and the temperature rose to 26℃, the results of each group game, which started at 10:30 am in turn, began to be revealed. Spectators nervously watching the KLPGA ‘s only Doosan Match Play (a tournament format in which two players compete to determine the winner) championship match formed a long line in front of the beer robot and the ice cream robot.

“The robot pours draft beer.”

“When my child is old enough to drink beer, I want to come and show him.”

While waiting for the beer, which takes about 40 seconds to pour a 14-ounce cup (414 mL), voices filled with anticipation were heard. Draft beer robot BB BEER BOX was created by Dongwon Tech, a system integration ( SI ) partner in Daegu . When an order is placed on the touch screen, the robot arm picks up the cup placed on the conveyor belt, receives an appropriate amount of frothy beer from the draft beer tap, and places it on the coaster. A refrigerator is installed at the bottom to store up to 8 kegs (40L) of draft beer.

There was no disagreement about the taste of the local craft beer with 20 years of experience, but some said that the speed of the beer robot “doesn’t seem to suit the personality of a Korean person.” Park Ki-tae, CEO of Dongwon Tech, who completed the first model in six weeks after getting an idea ahead of the Daegu Chimac Festival in August of last year, said, “The speed at which a robot pours beer is no slower than when a person pours it.” “The robot arm does not speak, They seem to think it takes more time because they don’t even have a face.”

Dongwon Tech has secured close to 10 customers by steadily exhibiting at various food and beverage related exhibitions, and has also started collaborating with large rental companies.

Aris, an ice cream solution developed by Doosan Robotics in collaboration with Lounge Lab, was also popular. Aris helps the collaborative robot put ice cream of various flavors packed in individually sealed containers into cups and serves them to customers, and even disposes of the sealed containers in which the ice cream was squeezed out.

The reason why we use sealed containers for each serving is to maintain hygiene and make inventory management easy. An official from Doosan Robotics explained, “Even if there is only one employee serving customers at the counter, ice cream can be prepared and served.”

Because of the hot weather, noodle robots were not popular. This noodle cooking solution developed by Doosan Robotics and CJ Group is being piloted and used by 15 VIPS stores across the country. It has a function to serve more than 10 types of noodle dishes, such as udon topped with various garnish and rice noodles, in a bowl according to the customer’s taste, and can make up to 40 to 50 bowls per hour.

The noodle robot exhibited on this day was an early model self-produced by Doosan Robotics before making products for VIPS . After a short meal, one gallery said that they chose noodles made by robots to satisfy their hunger, saying, “The noodles seem to be a bit under-perfect yet.”

RoboArte’s chicken robot, which accompanied President Seok-Yeol Yoon’s visit to the United States, was popular that day as well. You can make 18 kinds of drinks, but people flocked to Dr. Presso, which always makes the most Americano.

A noodle robot in the Doosan Ladena GC robot food court. / Reporter Park Jeong-yeop

The food and beverage ( F&B ) field is a field that Doosan Robotics is putting special effort into, which is about to go public. This is because the demand for robots going to the production sites of large corporations has slowed down as the industry has reduced investment due to the economic downturn. Instead, the relatively small food and beverage industry began to pay attention to collaborative robots to solve the labor cost problem먹튀검증.

Doosan is targeting the food and beverage market by launching the E series, which is cheaper than existing products and meets hygiene standards. In the F&B field, the grip of global robot companies is relatively weak compared to the industrial sector. This means that there are still opportunities to dominate the market.

The key is the part attached to the lower part of the robot’s wrist rather than the ‘robot arm’ of the collaborative robot. This is because these parts, called end-effectors and grippers, and the software that controls them create the robot’s usefulness. For this reason, collaborative robot industries such as Doosan are strengthening cooperation systems with solution providers that can build various menus.

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