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A Fleet of Autonomous Robots Is Making One of the World's Oldest Foods


Removing a completed loaf from the BreadBot.

A new autonomous, bread-making robotic oven can produce 235 loaves daily, ranging from white and whole wheat to nine grain to honey oat and rye.

Credit: Larry W Smith/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock

An autonomous, bread-making robotic oven made by Wilkinson Baking of Walla Walla, WA, can produce 235 loaves daily, ranging from white and whole wheat to nine grain to honey oat and rye.

The BreadBot mixes, kneads, bakes, and cools the dough without human assistance.

Once the BreadBot mixes the dough into balls, it transfers them onto a conveyor belt, shapes them, and places them inside individual trays for baking; afterwards, a robotic arm moves the loaf to a vending machine for purchase via touchscreen.

More than 70 sensors monitor the bread 100 times a second and adjust the baking process in real time.

Wilkinson Baking's Randall Wilkinson said, "You've got a lot of [artificial intelligence] data that you can crunch for optimum performance, and all of these machines are Internet-connected."

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