How a Mechanical Vending Machine Works

This article will explain the anatomy of the mechanical vending machine as stipulated the operation thereof and the mechanisms for retrieving the product. First, the stipulation must be made as to the objective of a mechanical vending machine. The typical process is that a customer will insert a coin into the dispenser in order to get the desired product. The product is delivered from the storage containment within the machine and placed where the customer can easily reach and retrieve the product. The coin (after being inserted into the machine) resides within the coin box.

In addition, since the coin is inserted into the machine, the stipulation must be made in regards to the operation thereof. That way, the mechanical vending machine must have a coin insert slot (or more commonly a bill validation additionally) for the delivery of coins. In addition, there must be an insert mechanism for taking the coin. The coin insert handle therefore represents this ability for the machine to receive the coin. Inside the housing, there is a handle, which is comprised of a “lengthwise” bar and attached to that by a fixed manner is another handle. The coin slot is positioned vertically at the lower end of the bar, which allows sufficient length to keep the coin inside the machine. There is also a coin-positioning guide, which helps the coin be delivered into the machine.

Having talked about the coin mechanism, the body of the mechanical vending machine must be stipulated concerning the other components. The product is stored on a shelf area in the back of the machine; this is known as the dispensing body. The coin mechanism is also present on the body of the machine. To get the product to the customer there is also an area for the product to be delivered to the person(s).

Parts of the mechanical vending machine as stipulated: The product delivery enclosure, whereby the product rests. In addition, the multiple coin mechanisms put upon the top and most forward parts of the body. The delivery enclosure should ideally be in the shape of a box. In the front most part of the machine, a translucent window might be placed to allow many people to view the product inside the mechanical vending machine. The product thus is stored within an individual compartment, depending on the size and selection of the product, there may be quite a few store within the enclosure because of the numerous variety of products offered. When the vend is initiated the product will be delivered from these compartments to the delivery area.

The product is delivered (by some acts of gravity) in a downward movement. The delivery compartment will be depressed in a way that makes the product activate and fall downwards. The main mechanism behind this is a piston and a serious of elastic measures meant to keep the product in place and deliver the product. The cords act as connection mediums to the piston and enclosure thereof, supporting the frame and implementing the various retrieval and storage mechanisms within the unit. The cords themselves are mostly elastic due to the condition of the mechanisms. They need to be elastic because of the ability for the cord to be pulled tight and loosened (with repetitive motion). Weight places a vital importance in the operation of the mechanical vending machine, as things work on the motions of pulling, pushing and gravity in combination with the piston.

In addition, this is what happens when a coin is inserted into the machine. When a coin is placed in the mechanisms, the engagement of the coin guide begins. Thus, by the position of the coin guide the coin is moved to appropriate locations. Then, the coin is moved to the product enclosure by the handle, which then approaches the bridge and enters into the slot. By this act, the measures, which allow the product to be delivered, are put in place and the product is delivered by the act of gravity and subsequent measures of the mechanisms involved. After this takes place, the coin enters the box in which all coins are stored for future retrieval.

Source by Carl Drummond

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