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Managed vending machines improve availability and reliability

業種 ATM, POS, キオスク
関連製品 UC-7410, UC-7420, UC-7410 Plus, UC-7420 Plus
概要 This application uses MOXA's UC-7420 embedded computer to establish a robust programmable system that can fully satisfy the demands of vending machine system customers. The system can be set up to monitor the temperature and power status of the vending machines, and automatically notify management staff when problems arise.
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Introduction

Vending machines are one of those modern contrivances that add convenience to our already hectic lives. Whether it's pouring a cup of hot coffee while waiting to catch a flight in a busy airport, buying a cold soft drink at lunchtime, or grabbing a candy bar for a mid afternoon snack, we've all taken advantage of the time-saving convenience that vending machines offer. On the downside however, most of us have also experienced frustration when the coffee was too cold, the soft drink was too warm, or our favorite candy bar fell in the "item not available" category. The UC-7420, MOXA's miniature front-end embedded computer for industrial device networking applications, gives vending machine manufacturers and maintainers the ability to stay one step ahead of the customer.


 

Programmable Means Customizable

One of the main advantages that MOXA's embedded computers provide is programmability. System designers can write custom C programs that are tailor-made to control the operation of the vending machine. For example, the UC-7420 can be programmed to monitor temperatures and power status. If one of the thermometer readings is too hot, or too cold, or the power supply is interrupted, the maintenance person can be notified automatically by phone or e-mail so the problem can be fixed immediately. The program can also be used to monitor the quantities of items dispensed by the machine so that items running low can be replenished before they run out. The ability to monitor temperature and quantity helps guarantee that customers get the items they want, when they want them.

 

Built to Last

In addition to the considerable cost reduction provided by MOXA's embedded computers, users also get a much more reliable system that is designed for near zero-failure operation. MOXA's embedded computers are compact computers that have a built-in Linux operating system, and to ensure easy installation, the interfaces are integrated onto a single PCB board. The Intel IXP-422 CPU, which forms the brains of the embedded computer, generates almost no heat, ensuring that the no fan, no hard drive design provides reliable service for a much longer period of time.

 

Benefits


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