Types of vending equipment
- Hot drinks vending machines
- Cold drinks vending machines
- Food vending machines (hot and cold meals)
- Snack and sweet vending machines (crisps, gumball, candy)
- Office vending machines (smaller vending machines)
- Washroom vending machines (hygiene, medicine)
- Water coolers and ice makers
- Healthy vending machines (healthy drinks and snacks)
- Custom vending machines (newspapers, DVDs, novelties etc.)
You might already know something about vending machines, and yet there is always more to learn as various new models are presented every ear. There are dozens of vending equipment types, but the most common ones are drinks and snacks dispensers. The beverage selection is one of the widest, ranging from soft drinks (coke and other sodas), hot drinks (tea, coffee) and milk shakes to liquors. Snack vending machines usually stock sweets, crisps, candy bars and nuts. More specialized custom vending machines dispense newspapers, lottery tickets, condoms or even cologne. Finally, there are small bulk candy and gumball vending machines we see at shopping malls and similar ‘family friendly’ venues.
Despite various types of products they dispense, all vending machines use a multi-drop bus (MDB) designed to standardize bill and coin acceptance systems in the whole world. This means they all use the same bill acceptors and coin changers, making maintenance and relocation way easier.
Other way of categorizing vending machines is by their usage. Heavy-use machines standing in public places are bigger and require more supervision from specialized staff. Meanwhile office suited machines are smaller and have lower maintenance needs. Some of them can be put right on the wall in a wash room.
Tips for potential vending machine owners:
- Check the technical requirements for each model as some of them, such as water coolers or ice makers, need access to AC and/or water supply.
- Know your location. Certain types of vending machines do better in certain places. See this great article by our partner for more information.
- Vending machines set in damp or hazardous conditions must be connected using residual-current device (RCD), following the requirements of its current edition, as the equipment grounding conductor does not provide enough protection from short circuit under these conditions. This usually comes as a part of the attachment plug. If not, it must be connected to an RCD outlet.
- Don’t book your entire day for installing. Most of the machines can be installed and filled in about 15 minutes.
- Create good restocking schedule. The revenue is lost whenever the machine is empty, so you have to make sure it’s always ready to serve customers.
- Make sure it fits through. If putting yout machine indoors, make sure it fits through all exterior and interior doors.
- Most of the maintenance will be carried out by specialists, so your main duty is to take care of the power supply, mind safety regulations, and protect the vending machine from vandalism.