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How about a drink from the fully automatic robot bartending system?

Thanks to a special attachment, it can pour up to 20 glasses of beer per minute – without spilling a drop: In the fully automatic bartending and mixing system from BAIER Engineering GmbH, a KUKA KR 16 robot, now from the KR CYBERTECH series,  reliably and precisely prepares drinks just like a bartender.

July 15, 2019

KR CYBERTECH is being used in the world’s only robot bar

With the bartender robot, BAIER Engineering GmbH has developed the world’s first fully automatic bartending system. The system is the result of a collaboration with Aalen University and specialists from the beverage industry. A KUKA KR 16 robot, now from the KR CYBERTECH series, is used as a bartender. The bar robot mixes cocktails, pours drinks, serves and collects payment. “The bartender robot is an eye-catcher and a barkeeping professional all rolled into one,” notes Thomas Baier, founder and CEO of BAIER Engineering, in describing the special characteristics of the professional robot bar.

KUKA robot as a bartender that mixes cocktails

The software and technology for the bartending system come from BAIER Engineering, the robot arm is provided by KUKA. As soon as the order comes in via the touch screen, the robot arm grips the appropriate glass. It then fills it and serves the drink at the counter. Cocktails, draft beer, non-alcoholic soft drinks  the range of drinks can be individually programmed according to the event. Payment is made using special chip cards – which the bar robot also simultaneously uses to check whether the guest is of age for the selected drink.

The KUKA robot prepares drinks like a bartender.

Robot bar is ready at a moment’s notice

The advantages of the bartending system are clear. Whether for three days at a trade fair or for the night shift at a company event, the KUKA robot can be used around the clock as a bartender. At the same time, its performance does not wane. “Our bartending robot mixes cocktails and pours beer of consistent quality. It works cleanly, reliably and efficiently,” explains Baier. And since the bartending system comes on a single-axle trailer, it is very mobile. Refrigerated storage is integrated and only a power connection is required. Thanks to the design of the trailer, operational safety is also ensured. The robot bar can be used for all kinds of occasions – from event catering to special birthday parties and even festivals.

Big crowd: The bartender robot is a welcome guest at every event.

The challenge lay in integrating a robot with a sufficient range of motion into the system. KR CYBERTECH has the necessary degrees of freedom.

Thomas Baier, CEO of BAIER Engineering GmbH