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Handmade
with Love

The perfect mix of love and sensor systems –
automation in cocktail production

It's not often that one associates engineering with enjoyment. But when you add a good dose of passion and the spirit of innovation, the mix is right. Two engineers who want to revolutionize the beverage market have started up in Berlin with an ice machine that they designed themselves and innovative 'cocktails to go' – ready-made drinks with fresh fruit and cold ice in one bottle. Their new product, the culmination of countless hours of work, also incorporates modern automation technology to safeguard quality while ensuring that the growing demand can be met in the long term.

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.

 

"With autosen we chose a provider that guarantees fast delivery even for a small volume order."
Josef Klemm
Managing Director of boozeME

The Berlin cocktail mixers rely on autosen sensors. The reasons for this are technical: The AI010 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.

Several AI010 ensure that the ice in the "kukkifant" machine has exactly the right consistency for the cocktails to go.

Large amount of manual work

But how does the ice actually get in the bottle? First, a lot of manual work is required. "Handmade with love" is the slogan of this Berlin startup and in this case that means each individual bottle goes through ten hands before it is dispatched. Even the cylindrical rods of ice are also inserted into the bottles manually. They keep their shape due to the special manufacturing process with precisely defined temperatures and pressures. There is no need for preservatives.

About kukki

Josef Klemm's inventive mind had already been turning over the idea of bottled cocktails with ice for a long time. After many hours, days and weeks of experiments and trials in his apartment kitchen, he finally hit on the idea of long cylindrical pieces of ice in the bottle. After completing studies in engineering Josef met his co-founder Saif Hamed. After some tinkering around in their Berlin engineering office, the two finally developed the innovative and unique ice cube machine, which presses ice into the perfect shape for bottles.

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Inductive sensor Standard Class IP67
AI010 Inductive sensor Standard Class IP67
Normally open
4 mm
M12
 
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Shown here in operation: the AI010 inductive sensor

Inductive sensors are suitable for sensing all metallic surfaces by means of resonance vibrations. This makes it possible to provide extensive information regarding the position or movement of all kinds of objects and, as with the ice machine, to monitor the movable parts to ensure they are working correctly. Contact-free sensing makes the sensors suitable for a wide range of different tasks in the automation of production, filling and packaging systems.

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Just a bit harsh:
¡Salud! El Presidente with dark rum is not for wimps.
Sensors for the beverage industry
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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