The very first vending machine is said to be invented by Hero of Alexandria, a first century inventor. His machine accepted a coin and then delivered a fixed amount of "holy water".
In principle, a vending machine is a machine that supplies goods after a customer has paid money. Vending machines have a currency detector that determines whether the money deposited is sufficient to buy the desired item.
Common places where vending machines are usually located include: beside the inlets / outlets next to the water source in front of the toilet in the brewery of the coffee machine next to the other vending machines at the receptionist next to the side counter of the listening space at a music store next to the shifter or in the waiting area.
Items sold in vending machines vary. In the United States, vending machines can even carry alcoholic drinks such as beer and cigarettes. This practice is still more rare, however, due to concerns for underage buyers. I
n Japan, there are no limits to what is sold by vending machines. These include: drinks and cigarettes, bottles of wine, cartons of beer and pair of underwear. Japan has the highest number of vending machines per. Residents, with approx. a machine for every 23 people.
Vending machines are classified primarily according to the products it carries. Below are just some of them:
With newspaper machines, a customer could open the box and get rid of all the newspapers after paying for one. This means that the customer will be honest.
Candy vending machines
Candy vending machines are mechanical machines that wait for a handful of candy, a jumping ball or perhaps a capsule with a small toy or jewelry for one or two quarters.
Soda snack / vending machines
Soda / snack machines sell cans or bottles of soda and / or small packages of snacks as the name suggests. For operators, soda / snack machines have the advantage that many places recognize their need for such machines.
Specialized vending machines are those who provide personal products, typically in public toilet facilities. These vending machines are often found in toilets used by transient persons in traffic centers, such as Bus stations and truck stops.
Women's ladies' saloons typically sell hygiene binders, tampons and paper towels. In men's rooms, the machines contain tissue paper, detergents and sometimes condoms.
These vending machines use a spiral mechanism to separate and hold the products. When the machine is turned, the spiral rotates, thus pushing the product forward and falling down to be reversed.
Most vending machines are designed as big safes. They have also been exhaustively tested and designed to inhibit theft. Like all machines, vending machines are subject to malfunction. The reasons are many times.
Coin acceptors often encounter, especially if a child inserts a bill or other foreign object in the coin track. Bill validation agreements counterfeit a legally valid proof of payment that happens to be curly, torn or dirty. Vending machines usually have a phone number that angry users can call for service.
One of the latest vending innovations is telemetry enabled by the emergence of reliable, affordable wireless technology. By telemetry, data can be transferred to a remote headquarters for use in scheduling route stop, component component detection, or verification of collection information.