All of Japan’s technological breakthroughs over the years have been responses to issues that the nation and its people had. One of the first nations to recognize the actual potential of technology and appreciate its advantages was Japan. As a result, the nation began early investing in technical innovation. That is how Japan is currently regarded as one of the most potent global IT giants. Just take a look at their technologies at their sushi or Izakaya restaurants. Most people don’t have any bad experiences at Japanese restaurants in terms of customer service. They are fast and accurate in taking care of customers’ orders.
Conveyor Belt Technology
Two motorised belts that loop over a lengthy section of robust, hard material are how a conveyor belt operates. The chain moves between the two when the engines in the pulleys spin in the same direction and at the same speed.
Rollers may be added to the sides of the conveyor belt to provide support if the objects being transported are extremely large or heavy, or if the conveyor belt is carrying them over a significant distance.
Conveyor systems come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but they always have the same function: moving items. For some applications, a system without a belt that relies only on rollers or wheels for flexible movement may be necessary. To efficiently transport materials and goods, however, many conveyor systems rely on a frame with a belt and perhaps support rollers.
Conveyor Belt in Sushi Restaurant
Kaitenzushi, also known as sushi train or conveyor belt sushi, is a quick and reasonably priced style of sushi place distinguished by the conveyor belt that runs through the restaurant. Sushi dishes are passed by the customers on a conveyor belt, who can take anything they like. Around 100 yen is the starting price for each plate. Kaitenzushi is typically much less expensive than traditional sushi-ya.
It is not a new thing in Malaysia though. We are used to this as seen at most Sushi eateries in our country. You had experienced it yourself without the need to go to Japan. The plates were constantly replaced with a new ones after you already take yours. While some premium menus might be not on the belt, you could order them manually by browsing through the menu.
Kaitenzushi eateries frequently display their prices on plates in various colours and patterns. Depending on the item, prices range from roughly RM2.80 to RM3.50 or more, while some restaurants also charge a set amount for all plates. Usually, plates contain one or two pieces of sushi. On the menu or on signage posted throughout the restaurant are descriptions of the plates along with their associated costs. Most restaurants have counter chairs along the conveyor line for seating, although many also have tables.
The conveyor belt is also sometimes used to make the seasoning goes around the restaurant. Not everyone eats their sushi with wasabi but it is still needed at a sushi joint. Instead of wasting their money on the questionable wasabi to put at each table, they put it in a medium-sized container and let it roam on the belt. The customer would take the container for a while and transfer the amount of seasoning they need onto their own plate and put it back on the belt. This way, the restaurant saves money on its wasabi inventory. No need to waste their money on people’s least favourite items in the restaurant.
Tablet Menu at Each Table
As mentioned previously, at a sushi or izakaya restaurant, you are able to choose to eat directly in front of the conveyor belt or to dine at a table. If you come with a group of friends or your family, you will want to have a seat at the big table. When dining at the table, the conveyor belt will be at your side instead of at your front. Attached to the conveyor belt is a tablet for you to browse the restaurant menu and place your order.
These restaurants have a lesser average amount of labourers compared to other restaurants. The only time a worker will serve you is when they serve you drinks and when you ordered a premium menu. Through the tablet prepared, all the menus will be there. If they are sold out for the day, the system will reflect that on the tablet. So it saves you time to skip that food and order something else.
When you order from the tablet, you only need to add items to the cart and place your order. From the system on the tablet, your orders will reflect directly in the kitchen. They will prepare your order immediately. You can get your order with an average waiting time of fewer than 5 minutes. Heavy meals such as ramen noodles, fried rice or bento meals will take longer time but still quicker than the average waiting time.
While you still need to make the payment at the counter. You can see the total amount price for your orders minus the one you pick from the conveyor belt. Sushi plates are also fixed price varies on their plate colour. So, you are able to spend your expenditure beforehand. If you want to spend RM50 on today’s sushi, you can estimate how many plates you would like to eat. And which heavy meal to accompany your sushi. The tablet is not just a convenience for the restaurant owner but also for you, as a customer.
In peak hours like lunch or dinner time, the restaurant is fully packed. You will spend your time waiting outside the restaurant. But the moment you are inside, everything is fast. No worries. As far as we concern, Japanese restaurant has one of the fastest services in the country. Pretty sure you are craving sushi after reading this, so head out to the nearest Izakaya restaurant and relax!