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NACHI ROBOTS SERVE UP PIZZA IN A TOYOTA TUNDRA “PIE” PRO

Nachi Robotic Systems Inc.

Photo: Courtesy of Toyota LAS VEGAS, NV — At the 2018 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show, Toyota introduced a hydrogen fuel cell-powered Tundra that robotically makes pizza with the help of two Nachi robots (MZ-07/MZ-07L). These robotic arms load and unload the pizzas in the oven, as well as cut, box and hand off the finished product.

“This is an innovative concept in how pizza will be delivered in the future and we are thrilled to be a part of this endeavor with Toyota and Pizza Hut,” said Andy Candela, Nachi Robotic Systems, Inc., Business Development Director. “The process shows one of our top-selling robots and how versatile the programming can be; showing an element of picking and placing, with the help of a Schunk gripper.”

The hydrogen fuel cell electric-powered Toyota Tundra PIE Pro takes the concept of pizza delivery to another level. It is a Toyota truck that takes the party wherever it goes, with virtually no carbon footprint—leaving only water vapor emissions and delicious Pizza Hut pizza. Powered by a Toyota Mirai powertrain and converted to FWD, this Tundra can power itself and the entire bed-mounted kitchen via its hydrogen fuel cell electric powertrain.

“The Tundra PIE Pro is an example of what Toyota can accomplish when we dream big and work with great partners like Nachi,” said Ed Laukes, Group Vice President – Toyota Division Marketing. “Our expert engineers adapted a Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for the Tundra PIE Pro, capable not only of powering the vehicle, but also providing the energy for the pizza-making operation in the bed of the truck. Add state-of-the art robotic arms from our partners at Nachi, and delicious pies from Pizza Hut, and the result is a one-of-a-kind, zero-emission mobile pizzeria poised to steal the show at SEMA.”

This Tundra, along with the rest of Toyota’s display, can be seen at booth (#24800) in Central Hall and the adjoining Patio Annex at the Las Vegas Convention Center through November 2, 2018.

ABOUT NACHI ROBOTIC SYSTEMS, INC.
Nachi Robotics IS an industry leading robot supplier, with its North American Headquarters based in Novi, MI. Established in 1989, NRS is a customer driven and quality focused company providing industrial robots and robotic solutions. The product line includes the best in class table top robot (MZ07), the fastest spot welding robot (SRA Series), a unique series of robots that include precise and high-performance SCARA robots (EZ03/ES), seven-axis robots (MR Series), as well as collaborative, robotic seam welding, case packing, material handling, robotic vision, machine tending, picking robots, dispensing robots, deburring robots, arc welding and assembly robots.

ABOUT MZ-07/MZ-07L
The NRS MZ07 robot series features ultra-high-speed motion capability with advanced through-arm capabilities to simplify routing of hoses and cables for material handling, assembly, vision and other applications. Boasting an IP67 rating, the MZ07 robot is the fastest in class with unmatched 0.31 second cycle time in standardized speed testing, leading all competitors’ robots. Flexible mounting solutions allow the MZ07 to be floor, wall, or invert mounted to better suit customers’ needs for any given application.

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