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Old 04-15-2014, 08:36 PM
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Originally Posted by greywar View Post
Both currently have machines in the R&D labs. I think design and acceptance will take the longest.
Wow! I did not know that but it should not surprise me. I'm actually exicted by that concept. It's my line of work.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:18 AM
Location: Milwaukee Ex-ex-ex-urbs
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Originally Posted by harry chickpea View Post
Somewhat surprisingly, the primary issue is actually one of cleanliness. As equipment gets more complex, the dangers of bacteria and mold increase tremendously. When I went into a location and informed staff that soft drink mixer nozzles had to be removed and cleaned daily, they sometimes balked - often while holding their free cup of Coke in one hand. I would then remove a random nozzle in front of them and point out the mold that had been in direct contact with the drink they were now drinking. Their faces would blanch and I would never hear another peep of complaint at the task.

General Cinema used to have "after hours" soda dispensers that accepted coinage and mixed a soft drink and served it in a paper cup. The first time I opened one of them to check the syrup levels I just about gagged. Automated machinery gets filthy dirty and becomes a haven for roaches.

Automated food machinery is certainly possible and there is some in use, but making it safe and sanitary while still functional is difficult.
Word to the wise. There will always be a job for QA Inspectors and you don't need a degree if you have equivalent experience.

Maybe I should look into doing that again.
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:49 AM
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The QA inspectors will be housed in a couple of buildings watching computer monitors, no expertise required...

Some interesting reading on the use of robots in the fast food industry.

Pay should be based commensurate with job. When the workers demand higher salaries machines will replace them.

It's only common sense...

Why robots could soon replace fast food workers demanding higher minimum wage - Blog - MyNorthwest.com

Technology And The Fast Food Nation - Slashdot

A word of caution to striking fast food workers Hot Air

Automation becomes more and more of an option as our technology advances continue to expand exponentially. And automation usually is used to replace low-end, low-skilled workers – like those in fast food restaurants. That’s an unfortunate truth. Automation becomes a viable option when the job it would replace becomes too expensive to the employer when using traditional means. That is, a worker. If the worker can be replaced at a reasonable cost with a machine or system that is reliable and in the end makes that operation more efficient and profitable, chances are the employer will take that option.

$15 an hour certainly pushes any number of fast food jobs into that range. The McDonald’s kiosks are simply a fast food version of ATMs. The list of what they don’t require is quite extensive. They don’t require scheduling, benefits, sick days, or even pay. They’re efficient, consistent, and while they might break down occasionally, they’ll never demand a vacation or time off. Oh, and no ObamaCare costs.
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Old 04-16-2014, 09:19 AM
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this has happened already. Human machines, especially in the IT support arena. Humans that stick to the flowchart to interact with you. The moment you ask them a question that deviates from what the flowchart says- "Does not Compute, power cycle the modem again!"...
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