The Classification of Self-service Vending Machines

The Classification of Self-service Vending Machines

The emergence of self-service vending machines has almost broken the business model of traditional supermarkets and opened up a new pattern of self-service sales. Following the development of mobile payment, intelligent terminals and other technologies, changes have taken place in the self-service vending machine industry in recent years. Today, Make will take you to know the most mainstream types of self-service vending machines in China.

The classification of self-service vending machines can be distinguished from three levels: intelligence, functionality and tracks.

Distinguish by intelligence

According to the intelligence of self-service vending machines, self-service vending machines can be divided into traditional mechanical self-service vending machines and intelligent self-service vending machines.

The payment method of traditional machines is relatively single, and most of them use paper money and coins, so the machine is equipped with a paper coin device, which takes up a lot of space. When the user puts money into the slot, the currency recognizer will recognize it quickly. After the identification is passed, the controller will provide the saleable commodity information to the user through the goods selection indicator according to the amount, which can be selected by the user.

The biggest difference between traditional mechanical vending machines and intelligent vending machines lies in whether they have a smart brain (operating system) and whether they can access the Internet. The intelligent self-service vending machine has many functions and more complex principles. It uses an intelligent operating system combined with the display screen and wireless access to the Internet. The consumers select the desired goods through the display screen or on the WeChat applet and use mobile payment to complete the purchase, which greatly saves time. Moreover, by connecting the front-end consumption system with the back-end management system, operators can timely understand the machine operation status, sales and inventory quantity, and carry out real-time interaction with consumers.

Due to the development of payment methods, the cash register system of intelligent self-service vending machines has also been developed from traditional banknote payment and coin payment to today's WeChat, Alipay, UnionPay flash payment, custom payment (bus card, student card), bank card payment, face-scan payment, etc. A variety of payment methods are compatible, which can meet the needs of consumers to the greatest extent and improve the sense of user experience.

Distinguish by functionality

With the rise of new retail, the self-service vending machine industry has also developed rapidly. Self-service vending machines have developed from selling ordinary beverages to selling fresh fruits and vegetables, electronic products, medicine, daily necessities and so on. According to the different contents of the sale, the self-service vending machine can also be divided into pure beverage self-service vending machine, snack vending machine, fresh fruit and vegetable self-service vending machine, dairy self-service vending machine, daily necessities self-service vending machine, coffee self-service vending machine, customer customized self-service vending machine, sex toy self-service vending machine, special function self-service vending machine, fresh orange juice vending machine, boxed lunch vending machine, etc.

This distinction is not very accurate, because most of today's self-service vending machines can support the sale of a variety of different goods at the same time. But there are also many vending machines with specific purposes, such as coffee vending machines and ice cream vending machines. In addition, with the development of technology, new selling items and their exclusive vending machines may appear in the near future.
Intelligent fresh food vending machine
Coffee vending machine

Distinguish by track

The self-service vending machine can accurately deliver the goods through different kinds of tracks. So, what are the types of tracks of self-service vending machines? The most common are open-door self-access cabinets 、group door latticed cabinets, s-shaped stacking tracks, spring spiral tracks and crawler tracks.

Open door self-access cabinet

Different from other vending machines, the open door self-access cabinet is very convenient for operation and settlement. It only takes three steps to complete a shopping: "scan code to open the door - take the goods - automatic settlement after closing the door". Consumers can contact and select goods from zero distance, improve consumers' purchase desire and increase the purchased quantity. There are three main schemes for open door self-access cabinet: 1. weighing identification; 2. RFID identification; 3. visual recognition. After the customer takes away the goods, through the intelligent weighing system, RFID automatic identification technology or camera visual identification principle, we can know which goods the customer has taken away and settle the accounts through the background.
Door lattice cabinet

A door lattice cabinet is a cluster of lattice cabinets. One cabinet is composed of different small lattices. Each grid has a separate door and control mechanism. Each grid can put a commodity or a set of commodities. After the customer completes the payment, the separate grid pops open the cabinet door.

S-shaped stacking track

The s-shaped stacking track(also known as snake track) is a special track specially developed for beverage self-service vending machines. It can sell all kinds of bottled and canned drinks. The drinks are stacked layer by layer inside the goods, and they can slide and ship by their own gravity without jamming. The shipping port is controlled by the electromagnetic mechanism.
Spring coil track

The self-service vending machine with a spring coil track is the earliest type of self-service vending machine in China, and the price is relatively low. This kind of track has the characteristics of simple structure and many kinds of goods that can be sold. It can sell all kinds of small commodities such as common snacks and daily necessities, as well as bottled drinks. It is mostly used for the sale of goods in small convenience stores, but it is more prone to failure.
Crawler track

The crawler track can be said to be an extension of the spring track with many constraints. It is suitable for selling products with fixed packaging and is not easy to fall. After cooperating with the designed heat preservation, temperature control and sterilization system, the crawler aisle self-service vending machine can be used to sell fruits, fresh and boxed meals.

The above is the main classification of self-service vending machines. In the new retail era, the styles of self-service vending machines are more and more diverse, and naturally, they are more and more widely used. Nowadays, self-service vending machines can be seen everywhere in the streets, and their management has become a big problem for operators. As an enterprise engaged in self-service vending machine locks for more than ten years, Make is committed to solving the problem of security system management for each customer.

Many types of self-service vending machine locks developed by Make, whether traditional self-service vending machines or intelligent vending machines at the forefront of science and technology, both of them can help operators solve the security risks existing in the management of self-service vending machines. The electric mortise locks mk231 and mk232 can be selected for the self-service vending machine with open door self-access cabinet, the electromagnetic lock mk760 can be selected for the self-service vending machine with door lattice cabinet, and the mk200, mk213, mk220, mk221, mk222 and mk223 can be used for the serpentine track, spring spiral track and crawler track according to the actual needs of customers.
Electromagnetic lock MK231 Electromagnetic lock MK232

Electromagnetic lock MK760
Left: MK213, Right: MK200

Mk221 and mk222, which aim to liberate the hands of operators, with the development of 5g, cloud platform, Bluetooth and other new technologies, let managers get rid of the dilemma of relying on keys for traditional lock management, realize easy unlocking and locking on the mobile phone platform at one touch, and bind the central control platform according to customers' own needs. Mk221 and Mk222 are intelligent and reflect the humanized design concept at the same time.
Left: MK221, Right: MK223

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