The other day at the restaurant … or how to use your energy better!

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Does this sound familiar? You are sitting in a moderately occupied restaurant. There is one waiter. You would like to order and try to get eye contact with him. But he doesn’t look at you. You watch as he takes the orders from other customers, runs to the kitchen, returns, serves drinks, goes back to the kitchen, comes back, this time empty, and then turns to the next guest to take a new order. And the whole thing starts all over again, until it is your turn.

In the meantime you have observed his “empty runs,” i.e. how many times he went back without taking something (order, dishes, glasses, etc). You think, “What a waste of energy and time.”

It is the same thing that happens in most pick and place robots or portal robots. They travel one way and return “empty”. To achieve a desired output per hour, the handling machines have to be very fast and so they use a lot of energy.

The pikchain® knows no empty runs and therefore requires less time and energy for the same output. The pikchain® transports continually back and forth in both directions endlessly. This means a very efficient use of energy.

If the waiter of the aforesaid example had done the same thing, you would have received your drink and food faster and the table would have been available to another guest or open for more sales much quicker. A classic win-win situation. But the tragic part is: the waiter hasn’t read my blog yet, he doesn’t know the pikchain® “principle” and just continues as before! Poor waiter!

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