An Introduction To Vending Machines
It is said that the first vending machine was invented by Hero of Alexandria, a first-century inventor. His machine accepted a coin and then distributed a fixed amount of "holy water."
Basically, a vending machine is a machine that dispenses merchandise after a customer deposits money. The vending machines have a currency detector that determines whether the money inserted is enough to buy the desired item.
Among the common places where the vending machines are usually located are: next to the entrances / exits, next to the water fountain, in front of the bathroom, in the rest room, next to the coffee machine, next to the other vending machines, next to the cash register, next to the listening station in a music store, next to the exchange machine or in the waiting room.
Items sold in vending machines vary. In the USA UU., Vending machines can even carry alcoholic beverages such as beer and cigarettes. However, this practice is increasingly rare, due to concerns about underage buyers. I
n Japan, there seems to be no limits to what is sold in vending machines. These include: drinks and cigarettes, wine bottles, beer cartons and pairs of underwear. Japan has the largest number of vending machines per capita, with approximately one machine for every 23 people.
Vending machines are classified mainly according to the products that it carries. Here are just some of them:
Newspaper vending machines
With newspaper vending machines, a customer can open the box and get rid of all the newspapers after paying one. Such assumes that the client will be honest.
Candy vending machines
Candy vending machines are mechanical machines that sell a handful of candy, an inflatable ball, or perhaps a capsule with a small toy or jewelry, for one or two
Vending machines soft drinks
Soft drink vending machines are, as the name suggests, selling cans or bottles of soft drinks and / or small packages of snacks. For operators, soda / snack machines have the advantage that many locations recognize their need for such machines.
Specialized vending machines are those that dispense personal products, usually in public restrooms. These vending machines are often found in toilets used by transients in busy places, such as bus stations and truck stops.
Machines in women's restrooms often sell sanitary napkins, tampons and tissue paper. In men's rooms, vending machines contain disposable tissues, cleansers and, sometimes, condoms.
These vending machines use a spiral mechanism to separate and hold the products. When the machine is sold, the spiral turns, pushing the product forward and falling to be sold.
Most vending machines are designed as large safes. They have also been extensively tested and designed to inhibit theft. Like any machine, vending machines are susceptible to malfunctioning.
Currency acceptors often get stuck, especially if a child inserts a bill or other foreign object into the coin slot. Bill validators sometimes falsely reject a legal bill that is wrinkled, torn or dirty. Vending machines usually have a phone number that angry users can call to request service.
One of the most recent sales innovations is telemetry, which is possible thanks to the arrival of a reliable and affordable wireless technology. With telemetry, the data can be transmitted to a remote central office for use in programming route stops, detecting component failures or verifying collection information.