Bear Robotics And Covestro Team Up To Serve Restaurants In Need
Makroblend provides the toughness and dimensional stability needed to appeal to customers and withstand the rigors of a modern kitchen.
Covestro, a leading polymer company, announced its collaboration with Bear Robotics, makers of the Servi line of Hospitality Robots. When designing Servi, Bear Robotics required a material that was aesthetically appealing, dimensionally stable, and resistant to both impacts and chemicals. After extensive testing they found that Makroblend® UltraTough’s PC/PET combination fit the bill.
Servi™ is arriving in the market at an opportune time, as restaurant owners face labor shortages and worker happiness is at a premium. Designed as a complement to the modern kitchen and its waitstaff, Servi™ and Servi™ Mini reduce stress for restaurant workers by delivering food and drinks out from kitchen to table, then bussing back dirty dishes, allowing servers to focus more deeply on customer experience and satisfaction while improving overall efficiency.
As a fully self-driving robot, Servi™ is filled with an array of cameras, sensors, processors, along with an advanced LiDar system that lets it not only get to the correct destination, but navigate around patrons and other unpredictable front- and back-of-house situations. Bear Robotics needed a material that could take impacts and stand up to the chemical effects of repeated washings while keeping the sensitive electronics inside safe. Makroblend® UT was chosen for these traits, along with its superb moldability and ability to take paint well.
Covestro’s more than 50 years of polycarbonate manufacturing experience played a key role in finding precisely the right material for this new and innovative device. ln general, molded plastics have a lower carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) than custom manufacturing with metals or other materials typically used for this purpose.
“In choosing a company to supply material for some of our major plastic parts, Covestro’s broad selection of specialized polymers, technical support and expertise made them the right choice,” says Dan Elliott, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Bear Robotics.
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