An aerospace engineer from Boeing has created a fully automated pizza-making machine that uses artificial intelligence (AI) analytics to reduce waste and optimize efficiency.

The aptly named Pzza system, built by Boeing engineer Omid Nakhjavani, can autonomously prepare dough, create a pizza base and apply sauce and toppings. Once the pizza is baked, the system can reportedly divide the pie into individual portions that are wrapped and prepared for delivery.

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According to its developers, Pzza is 500 cm in length, 310 cm in width and 180 cm in height. The robotic system outputs rectangular pizzas, each measuring 27 cm by 17 cm and delivers 100 to 120 cooked pizzas per hour and more than 300 raw pizzas per hour.

Further, Pzza can also create a wide range of pizzas featuring assorted ingredients, including meat, chicken, sausage, mushroom and pepperoni, for instance. Additionally, customers can place orders for these pizzas through a website, mobile app or self-order kiosk.

Other features of Pzza include a refrigeration system, a 20 liter sauce tank with wash-down capabilities, a human-machine interface (HMI) programmable logic controller (PLC)-led system and stainless steel parts to ensure hygiene.

Pzza is expected to be a remedy for staffing shortages in the food industry, reportedly cutting labor costs by roughly 30%, as well as a solution for food waste in this sector.

Specifically, the developers of Pzza suggest that the robotic pizza maker’s precise ingredient dispensing system ensures that toppings and sauces are not overused, thereby minimizing waste and cutting ingredient costs by an estimated 90%.

Further, Pzza is designed to reduce energy consumption while simultaneously maintaining high production levels, thus achieving an 80% improvement in energy consumption efficiency.

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