Meet Molly: A Ketchup dispensing robot created for the Erie County Fair

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This year’s Erie County Fair is putting a focus on technology, engineering and other sciences. 

If you need ketchup with your fries at the fair, you can let ‘Molly’ help you out!

Molly is believed to be the first practical ketchup dispensing robot in the world. She was created by Staub Precision Machine, in Hamburg, for the fair. 

“Someone said that it’s an old girlfriend’s name, but we’re not subscribing to that,” Founder of Staub Precision Machine Tony Staub said, referencing the robot’s name. “It’s Molly the ketchup robot and we’re just going to leave it at that.”

After at least 300 hours of work, the robot made her debut today. She’s now ready to help promote the importance of STEM education to thousands at the Erie County Fair. 

“If you look at all the technology we used in there, we started out with Cad drawings, we did machining on there, we did fabrication, we did 3-D printing, and employed some of our local vendors to help with graphics and things like that.”

Molly is apart of the new I-Hub at the Fair. The ‘I’ stands for Innovation, imagination, and ingenuity. 

Molly is the star of the I-Hub exhibit, but many more interactive displays will be there as well. 

“At the fair, we’ll be promoting welding, machining and electrical technologies,” Peter Coleman said, the executive director of the Buffalo/Niagara Manufacturing Alliance. “We’ll have a virtual welder where people can participate and actually assimilate what a real welding experience is like.”

Along with that, there will be drone activities, demonstrations on satellites, and many more hands-on STEM-related displays. 

Coleman said there are 3,000 STEM-related jobs available in Buffalo right now. In the next five to six years, there will be about 17,000 more. 

Staub said with all the labor, fabrication and parts, Molly cost about $80,000 to make. 

You can see her at the Erie County Fair from August 8 to the 19. 

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