BRITA, a leading expert in the global market of drinking water optimisation and individualisation, wanted to launch a new capsule concept for soft drinks: the user draws tap water, optimises it with the new machine and then enriches it with the flavours on offer. Zuhlke was responsible for the following tasks:
Capsule: The development of the capsule began with a preliminary study that aimed to identify ideas and concepts for the sterile filling of a container with a syrup that could be stored for a long time. A solution was to be found for the continuous feeding of the syrup into the machine’s water stream. Using the functional samples developed in Zuhlke’s workshop, the developers refined the concept to the extent that the first injection moulds could be produced. These components were used to optimise and test the machine.
Machine: Based on the design specified by BRITA, Zuhlke engineers were able to develop a system architecture in a relatively short time. The main focus was put on the usability concept, the water enhancement and the development of an interface for the capsule. At the same time, injection moulding tools were designed for all design elements. Test series with the pre-prototypes showed which optimisations had to be incorporated in the realisation phase. The realisation phase ended with final approval of the tools. Following the ramp-up-support to the OEM manufacturer Zuhlke also provided support in optimisations during series production of the globally licensed machines.