Title

Fill-A-Beer

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Abstract/Artist Statement

The Tilt-A-Beer project was designed to help bartenders save time by pouring the “perfect” beer for them with the push of a button and then automatically shutting off. The system involves a cup holder that is initially at a tilt due to a spring. A start button is pushed on the tap tower, which turns on a timing relay that times the flow through a solenoid and then cuts the voltage to stop the flow through the solenoid once the glass is full. During this time, the weight of the glass and beer gradually compress the spring, bringing the glass to a fully upright position. This design also features a moment switch, which can be used in place of the timed switch when a glass simply needs to be topped off. Also, there are two cup holders mounted on a sliding bar and manufactured stand, allowing the operator to use two of the three faucets at once. All parts to the stand and cup holders can also be easily disassembled to ensure that they can be thoroughly cleaned. Testing and analysis were done to choose some of the design components, including the spring, timing relays, and solenoids. The result of this project is a user-friendly, timesaving system that will ensure that a bartender can save time while pouring a beer and be able to easily clean up at the end of their shift.

Location

School of Engineering and Computer Sciences

Start Date

6-5-2006 2:00 PM

End Date

6-5-2006 3:30 PM

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Fill-A-Beer

School of Engineering and Computer Sciences

The Tilt-A-Beer project was designed to help bartenders save time by pouring the “perfect” beer for them with the push of a button and then automatically shutting off. The system involves a cup holder that is initially at a tilt due to a spring. A start button is pushed on the tap tower, which turns on a timing relay that times the flow through a solenoid and then cuts the voltage to stop the flow through the solenoid once the glass is full. During this time, the weight of the glass and beer gradually compress the spring, bringing the glass to a fully upright position. This design also features a moment switch, which can be used in place of the timed switch when a glass simply needs to be topped off. Also, there are two cup holders mounted on a sliding bar and manufactured stand, allowing the operator to use two of the three faucets at once. All parts to the stand and cup holders can also be easily disassembled to ensure that they can be thoroughly cleaned. Testing and analysis were done to choose some of the design components, including the spring, timing relays, and solenoids. The result of this project is a user-friendly, timesaving system that will ensure that a bartender can save time while pouring a beer and be able to easily clean up at the end of their shift.