|Vending Robotics designed
its robotic MPV line to be among the world's most versatile vending machines.
Engineers for the Brisbane, Australia-based company developed the unit
entirely in-house, including the MPV's two key unique technologies: the
robotic arm and a high-pressure vacuum dispensing system. The company holds
patents on the technologies within the major global vending markets.
"Within the vending industry at present, vending equipment is specifically
designed to only vend certain types of packaging - and can therefore
only be used for certain types of purposes," points out John Bower, head
of Business Development for Vending Robotics. "A can drink machine, for
example, will only vend cylindrical packages within certain dimensions.
Snack (spiral dispensing) machines are also limited to certain types
of confectionery packaging - although these units can be factory customized
for other uses."
The MPV dispensing mechanism does not have these limitations, he adds. "The
robotic arm and vacuum system allows each unit to dispense an almost
unlimited selection of packaging of different shapes, sizes, and weights," Mr.
For additional versatility, the machine's storage unit is temperature-controlled
and adjustable for frozen, refrigerated, or ambient temperature settings.
MPV units dispense products as varied as ice cream, frozen food, convenience
store items, bottled water and sports drinks, DVDs, music, software,
books, and even umbrellas.
The dispensing versatility of the robotic arm means that an operator
does not need to purchase a number of specialized vending machines. Instead,
one MPV can handle whatever products suit the machine's location. "No
other vending equipment currently in the market can match this degree
of flexibility," Mr. Bower says.
This flexibility extends further by opening up vending as a retail
medium for products that could not be dispensed by traditional vending
equipment. Mr. Bower explains that MPV units are already being used as
miniaturized supermarket outlets in locations where traditional brick-and-mortar
stores are not practical - like residential blocks, schools and universities,
Vending Robotics designed the MPV line for worldwide use, and the vending
equipment is currently in use in Australia, Asia, Europe, and the U.S.
"In designing the MPV, we ensured that the components used were interchangeable
from one supplier to another and could be sourced from a number of different
companies from all around the world," Mr. Bower explains.
The MPV, Mr. Bower says, represents the industry's first true general-purpose
vending machines - a capability he says is due entirely to the robotic
arm and high-pressure vacuum dispensing system.
Robotics, Brisbane, Australia; http://www.vendingrobotics.com