A Swiss cheese robot turns wheels of Gruyere for our future delectation
YouTube user k0re uploaded this nice little video of a cheese robot plying its trade in an aging facility in the Swiss town of Gruyeres.
I wanted to see the Giger Museum and Bar in Gruyeres about an hour away from Montreux. The driver Pascal suggested the cheese factory and took me on a mini-tour of how they make gruyere and how the cows are treated, etc. after an afternoon of absinthe and grotesquerie.
Judging from the location and signage, this robot was made by Sugnaux Electroméchanique, a Swiss robot manufacturer we profiled a couple years back. Robots have taken the industry by storm: gently turning and cleaning hundreds of 80-lb. wheels of cheese a week without machine power is a grueling task.
A robot never rushes and never becomes distracted. It glides along the shelves of the cheese store with serene mechanical grace, exactly repeating the same gentle handling for each cheese. With cheese good robots enable good artisans.
Tip o' the pen to BoingBoing.