machine is a machine that dispenses merchandise when a customer deposits
sufficient money into a slot or vent to purchase the desired item. The money
(usually coins) is validated by a currency detector.
machine parts include some sort of monetary detection device, such as coin
slots and card swipes, in addition to a display case and product dispense
area where the purchaser can pick up the purchased item. Some special
vending machines will have unique parts, such as a refrigeration unit to
keep drinks or food cool.
machine businesses are run by store owners or individuals who rent out
vending machines and take some percentage of the profits. Vending machine
operations are fairly straightforward and may require regular maintenance to
clear jams as well as provide product refills. Vending machines can contain
beverages, snacks, cigarettes, alcohol, candy, stamps, and more.
Machine Designing Process
machines are constructed primarily from four major raw materials: galvanized
steel, Lexan or other plastic, acrylic powder coatings, and polyurethane
design of a vending machine begins with the cabinet, the steel outer shell
that holds all internal components and which determines the machine's
overall size and shape. Inside the cabinet is a steel inner lining called
the tank. The tank and the cabinet fit closely together, leaving enough room
in-between for a layer of polyurethane foam insulation.
combination, the tank and the foam insulation help keep internal
temperatures stable and protect products against temperature extremes
outside the cabinet. Although all products and dispensing mechanisms are
contained in the cabinet, in the strictest sense, they are actually
installed within the tank.
popularity of the vending machine proved even stronger in Japan. Half of
Japan's retail soft drink sales came through vending machines, and this
market share is expected to increase. In Japan, the machines lined the
sidewalks, playing music and offering a wide variety of merchandise,
including beer, sushi, and panty hose.
estimated that there are 500,000 vending machines installed in the UK.
Vending machines are used globally to automatically dispense products in an
array of environments for a diverse range of products. This can range from
hot foodstuffs through beverages and confectionary to non-food machines.
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