The criteria to choose among the various types of vending machines are articulated on different levels.
The first factor is the transit of people in the place where the vending machine is positioned. First of all, it affects the amount of monthly sales.
For example: a small company with about ten employees may choose a vending machine model that can guarantee 400 or 500 dispenses per month.
A larger company, with more people, will certainly need more performing vending machines, which guarantee at least 1,000 to 2,000 drinks per month, and will probably choose to add alongside a vending machine for snacks, hot or cold drink dispensers.
The most common types of vending machine are the one for beverages:
The main difference between the two types concerns the mode of operation.
A vending machine for hot drinks must:
- mixe the powder product with water drawn and heated very quickly;
- dispense cup and spoon;
- dispense the amount of sugar chosen by the user.
A cold drink vending machine dispenses a ready-made and packaged product. The main task of the machine is to maintain the correct temperature storage of cans and PET bottles, and then proceed with dispensing when required.
The two types of vending machines for beverages also require a different attention regarding the conservation of the products.
For cold drinks it is important to respect the expiration date indicated on the products, as well as to maintain the right refrigerant temperature (perhaps paying attention to the energy class of the dispenser). Instead for hot drinks, it is necessary to pay attention to the preservation of the blends, with the correct levels of humidity and temperature.
Among the other types of vending machines, it is also worth mentioning vending machines of:
- cigarettes and tobacco.
Similar in operation to cold drink vending machines, these types also require more or less the same attention regarding the dispensed product.