Autec, the top commercial sushi robot maker in the US, has added a new maki maker that imitates the quality of a rice sheet handcrafted by a sushi expert craftsman.

The ASM890A, released in January, produces high-quality rice sheets of various thickness and sizes for not only sushi rolls but all burritos, pizza, tacos and more, according to Autec.

The machine achieves the rice sheet quality with a “perfect air-to-rice ratio,” according to the company.

In addition, a new LCD display makes customizing the formation and wrapping of rolls much more precise with easy- to-understand graphic displays.

The ASM890A is “the latest solution to help businesses increase efficiency and simplify operations for maximum performance while maintaining authenticity in the craft of sushi making and production,” according to Autec.

Handcrafting sushi rolls demands extensive training, leading to a time-consuming and labor-intensive process.

The most tedious operation for sushi rolls is spreading the sushi rice onto seaweed (nori) by hand, despite being a trained chef.

“This strains kitchen operations, especially in busy settings, affecting table turnover rates and revenue,” according to Autec.

Rice sheeter sushi robots reduce production time, ensure uniform results, and operate easily, even for new staff.

Autec machines can also be used to mix rice with sushi seasonings and to roll and cut sushi.

This article is an excerpt from the April 2024 issue of Supermarket Perimeter. You can read the entire Sushi feature and more in the digital edition here.