Coffee vending machines are common beverage vending machines that sell coffee as products by the automatic mechanical vending system. The definition of coffee vending machines may be very wide now, as some coffee vending machines may only sell canned coffee items, while some other may involve further robotic movements that help to make the fresh coffee liquids and pour the finished outcome into the cups for customers.
Before the settlement of coffee vending machines, suppliers will normally do some survey for their spots. After the spots are well searched, they would set coffee vending machines around parks, schools, universities, moving theaters, libraries, and amusement spaces all around to sell the coffees and beverages to the public and the market shares of those machines are changing based on the consumers’ feedbacks towards the drinking objects. That is why few of them will set a exclusive coffee vending machines but more like integrated beverage vending.
However, in the recent years, since the trend pursuing for healthy drinks and fresh flavors has taken into the beverage market as the main notion of drinking, there are more and more coffee vending machine suppliers who develop their own robotic arm based mechanical platform that can serve fresh coffees real time by doing them right after the buyers made their own decisions. Such brewer robots, when they are under development, are quite agile in many scrutinizing stuff of the drinks, so that they are quite reliable to do more than one task by their robotic arms.
The robotic arms of the coffee vending machines is installed with more than one tool, so that some may be used to hold the cups and some may be designed to push the inner buttons for different movements. This is much like the idea of tool changing mechanism of milling machines or power turrets on turning centers, by which the working tools can be changed to other tooling options based on the lively situations.
Similar to the days of manual vending machines of newspapers and other stuff, once the coffee vending machines with robots were sold to people with the mechanical trigger and respond mechanism, which could also achieve the vending goals by dropping the selected coffee types after the consumers has inserted the stipulated number of coins and pressed the selection buttons on the vending machines. However, these types of mechanical control mechanism were not reliable in many ways and consumers can get their wanted beverages even if they did not insert enough coins once if the machines mistakenly recognized the insertions as enough.
What is more irritating to customers is, sometimes many mechanical vending machines did not offer the selected beverages even if the consumers had inserted the stipulated coins and work the machines according to the instruction. This kind of troubles is caused due to many technical issues that happened all the time. With this regard, the vending machine suppliers has to dispatch technicians all the time to solve the arguments as well as the loss around the spots and the costs were many. The lost often cannibalized the meager profits earned by the machines in the past.
But now with the computer programmed and online surveillance system, this type of problems are mostly solved since the controlling system is no more the NC mechanical mechanism but the chips that can do a lot more complicated movements by the programmed routes. After this, there is total computer controlled coffee vending machines that are installed with lot of accurate sensors that support complicated inspection and checking actions and such mechanism can offer the accurate results to the consumers and give back the precision outcome to the suppliers no matter what their choices is since the options are well managed by the robot.
In Taiwan, there is vending machine supplier that develops beverage vending machines installed with robotic arms which can process the whole complicated liquid management things inside a designed case with the help of a robotic arm (or robotic arms) that can simulate human workers actions like bartenders. Many of these robotic arms are driven basically by the BLDC motors and linear motors, so the activated linear motions or vertical movements are very smooth if one compared them with the traditional motor systems. With this stable basis, all the shakes, stirs, holds, etc, can be easily achieved without sudden unintended rushes or acceleration (SUA).
The machine bartender can do a lot of smooth mixing, blending, shacking, and other professional coffee making actions that were once all customized by human workers exclusively only because those complicated manual actions need to be trained and tuned with a series of training programs for a long time. Now with the beverage robots, all these things can be achieved inside the robot vending machines. Users only need to insert the stipulated coins that will trigger the adjusted programs to settle the whole coffee making procedure, and the robot will do those steps all by itself based on the programmed orders of the settled specifications of the coffee recipe.
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