Vending machine electronics

Discussion in 'General Electronics Chat' started by roctavio, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. roctavio

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    Hy I am new here. If possible I would like to ask for your help. I need to understand basic electronics of vending machines.
    Could you please tell me where should I start and what topics should I look into?
    I am not looking to become an engineer, but I need to learn the basics to be able to comunicate with one.
    Thanks for any help!
     
  2. JohnInTX

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    I would start with Coinco which makes much of the electronics found in modern vending machines. The manuals on this page have lots of information about the various coin/bill acceptors, card readers etc.
    http://www.coinco.com/index.php/support/downloads

    The support tab for Vendo also has manuals and info for their line of vending products.
    http://vendoco.com/Default.aspx

    Welcome to AAC.
    Have fun!
     
  3. ScottWang

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  4. roctavio

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    Thank you both!
     
  5. WBahn

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    Apparently most vending machines use a communications protocol known as MDB (Multi-Drop Bus), which is an open standard. You might want to download that document and get familiar with it.
     
  6. Mark Hughes

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    @roctavio,
    What are you trying to accomplish?
    Mark
     
  7. roctavio

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    @WBahn, thats a great piece of information, thanks.
    @Mark Hughes, trying to sell bread and pastries, without humans if possible.
     
  8. GopherT

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    Machines don't buy bread and pastries.
     
  9. roctavio

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    That is why I wrote "sell".
     
  10. Mark Hughes

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    @roctavio,
    Your best bet is to go out and buy one that does what you want. Check out Alibaba for one that is close to what you want and then contact the manufacturer for customization. If you're not an engineer or computer programmer, it will take you forever to work through a protocol document like this.
    Best,
    Mark
     
  11. GopherT

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    See this French company. They are already selling the machines in the US.

     
  12. roctavio

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    @Mark Hughes Yes, absolutely. But as I said, I need some basic information.
    @GopherT Not exactly what I have in mind, my bread is the Wonderbread type.
     
  13. GopherT

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    Seems you have a decision to make.
    A) Sell a delicious $3 baguette from a commercially available vending machine, or,
    B) Sell a $0.50 wonder bread loaf from a machine that doesn't exist yet.
     
  14. GopherT

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    And this one from Belgium...



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  15. roctavio

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    I dont know where you live but where I live that wonder bread type cost around 4.1 Us dollars per 670 grams, if bought at a supermarket chain.
     
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