The perfect mix of love and sensor systems –
automation in cocktail production
Would you like a fresh cocktail, but there's no bar anywhere close? If Berlin startup boozeME is a success, that problem may soon be over. Take the bottle out of the freezer compartment, warm it up briefly, shake it, open it and insert a straw, and you have a complete kukki drink with the best ingredients. Only the ingredients that should be mixed are mixed. The fresh fruit remain unchanged and the frosty ice clinks in the bottle. What sounds amazingly simple is the result of extensive tests and many years of trials – including one with the prototype of a special ice machine that produces ice cubes which are not actually ice cubes – at least not in the usual sense.
A mini-glacier in Berlin
A machine as special as this doesn't just have a model designation, but its own name as well. This one is called "kukkifant". It is capable of producing the ice for cocktails in the right shape (cylinders instead of the usual cubes) and consistency, with a nod to the image of eternal ice in glacial regions. The details are still a company secret, but one thing is clear: The system components of the prototype are monitored by three inductive sensors to ensure problem-free production.
The Berlin cocktail mixers rely on autosen sensors. The reasons for this are technical: The AI054 is a proven model and even the standard version is especially precise and resistant. Add to that practical advantages like fast delivery, even for small volume orders. But time is not the only enormously valuable consideration, especially in the prototype phase. Josef Klemm, Managing Director of boozeME talks about autosen's terms: "They are great for the bottom line in the founding phase, but also later when we need to scale our devices for considerably higher volumes." So-called Standard Class devices are used. A higher protection class is not required at the periphery of the machine.
Large amount of manual work
Inductive sensor Standard Class IP67
- short metal housing (brass, nickel plated) with M12 thread and M12 connector (3-pin)
- LED switch indicator visible from every direction
- sensing range 4 mm; flush mountable
- Normally open (NO)
- Protection rating IP67
Shown here in operation: the AI054 inductive sensor
Sensor system special: Test your taste buds!
autosen's portfolio also includes inductive, optical and other sensor types for applications in food production, also in higher protection classes. For example the fruit juice producer Valensina uses devices like the autosen AO001 retro-reflective sensors in its ultra clean systems and in the harsh and wet product environment. Their features include a stainless steel housing with protection rating IP 68 / IP 69K, double seals and a flush recessed front panel made of resistant, shatterproof plastic, which can be cleaned leaving no residue. These high-resistance devices can also withstand hard regular cleaning with high pressure equipment and aggressive cleaning agents.
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