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Mechanical Vending Machine - Vending Machine History

The oldest form of vending machine finds relevance in a Green society.
Mechanical vending machine has a long history beginning thousands of years ago in 215 BC, when a Greek mathematician by the name of Hero invented a simple machine to vend a splash of holy water in Egyptian temples.  With the movement towards eco-vending machine, those in our industry now have two footprints to worry about, the footprint of the machine and the ecological footprint of our business.  As we have already discussed the benefits of efficiency in the vending business, viewing this classic design of vending machine in a different light is imperative in our movements towards an environmentally friendly world.

These undervalued machines offer a reliable simplistic design that takes advantage of the laws of physics to bring products to their customer, in the most efficient manner possible—One that requires no electricity.  This holds true across the entire mechanical class with the exception of refrigerated mechanical vendors, which use electricity to insure that cooled products maintain acceptable temperatures.
One serious reason for this downplaying of their potential is that they are not measured by Energy-star criteria.  They use too little energy for them to be fairly compared to many of these models is often the reasoning behind this, and the stigma with the “mechanical” nature of their design is difficult to shirk.  It is true that they tend to offer slightly less security than electrical vending machines, so they are not well suited for the most mischief prone of locations.  However, they are perfect for a well-maintained and supervised area, and require considerably less run-cost than your standard electrical machine.  These vending  machines are an underestimate paragon of the Green movement.

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