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Machines Are Making Your Sushi, And That’s Good

U.S. productivity is awakening from a long slumber thanks to labor-saving investments

In the belly of a machine about the size of an office printer, a plastic roller presses sticky rice onto a bed of seaweed. The oxygen-to-grain ratio has been precisely calibrated with the aid of X-ray tests. A razor slices the sheet into a flawless rectangle, which plunks down onto a steel tray ready to be stuffed with ruby-red tuna or smoked eel.

The $14,000 robot can help a food-prep worker churn out 200 sushi rolls an hour—up from the 50 or so a chef could make by hand, according to Autec USA

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