Nespresso “PIXIE” coffee machine

Project description

“PIXIE” is the smallest, fastest and smartest capsule coffee machine on the market. To achieve this superlative, Helbling developed new functions and innovative concepts for the mechanical elements, electronics and hydraulic system, before preparing this marvel of household appliances for series production.

Key data and technical details

  • High-quality side panels which individualise the design
  • Sophisticated production processes for high throughput and consistent quality
  • Up to 40% reduction in energy demand compared to A-class appliances thanks to programmable automatic switch-off
  • Extremely short heat-up time of 25 to 30 seconds thanks to an innovative heating system
  • All types of electrical connections for worldwide distribution
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  • Substantial simplification of machine design through integrative combination of elements
  • Minimizing manufacturing costs despite exclusive features (side panels)
  • Detailed development of all parts and components and complete machine
  • Production of design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA)
  • Ensuring reliable, low-cost and high quality production.
  • Ensuring optimal transition from development to production
  • Assisting customer in industrialisation and implementation of large-scale series production

Result / Success

The “PIXIE” capsule coffee machine was distinguished with the Red Dot Design Award 2011 for its optimal interplay of modern design and perfect functionality to achieve the ultimate coffee experience.

“PIXIE” impressed the Swiss business magazine gastrofact “with smart technology housed in a minimalist industrial design”.

Austria’s trade journal elektrojournal attested to the machine’s design excellence in its January 2011 issue: “They thought of everything.”

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Helbling Technik Bern AG, Bern
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CH-3097 Liebefeld-Bern
Telephone:+41 31 979 16 11