At some point or another, we have all gotten our money ‘eaten’ by a vending machine. You may have been trying to grab a quick snack of a bag of chips, or were planning on quenching your thirst with some juice. Either way, the moment you realized you weren’t getting your drink or your money back you couldn’t help but be annoyed. SureVend™ is one of many vending machine technologies that aims to prevent this from happening.
What is SureVend™ and how does it work?
SureVend™ technology uses a laser scanner to guarantee that your vending machine product is delivered to you. If it scans over the product three times and does not find it, or cannot deliver it, then you can either choose another product or get your money back. SureVend™ is becoming more and more common and is in many modern vending machines. This way you never need to worry about a vending machine “eating” your money!
Bill validators: making sure that all the money going into your vending machine is not counterfeit
The idea behind a vending machine bill validator is pretty straightforward; it works to determine if a bill is counterfeit or not. Once a customer puts a bill through the slot in a vending machine, the machine pulls it through and scans it to determine if it is valid. However, many of us have experienced putting a bill we know is valid into a vending machine, and it doesn’t accept it! This happens when there are wrinkles or marks on a bill. With recent technology, however, vending machine bill validators can now accept approximately 95% of real bills the first time.
How to make sure your vending machine only accepts real coins, and doesn’t reject valid coins!
You may have noticed that sometimes a vending machine will spit out your coin as soon as you put it in. It might be annoying, but this is actually the work of a coin validator. Modern coin validators actually go beyond simply testing out the weight and size of a coin, and actually work to validate the coin’s metallic signature. This is is meant to protect against fraud. However, even with this modern technology, a coin will still be rejected sometimes. If a coin doesn’t go through, there could be a problem with the coin, or it could be that the machine needs to be cleaned. Coin validators can also be combined with bill validators so if your coin is not working, or you only have bills, you have a solid backup plan for obtaining your snack.
Vending machines are great to be around when you need a quick snack or drink. With these three technologies, they are much more reliable and you can count on getting the bag of chips you desired!