Your American Services Refrigeration Sales and Service in St Louis MO near Overland, wants to pass along some interesting information form the world of refrigerated vending machines. More specifically, today, we are brushing on the history of the vending machine, from the early beginnings of a few loose coins, to the modern day credit card accepting, heating and refrigeration capable machines of today.
First of all, do not be mistaken, these things can be real revenue generators, indeed. “From humble single-cent beginnings, vending operations in the United States have evolved into a $36.6 billion industry. Canned cold drinks were the industry’s top sellers in 1999, posting $15.7 billion in sales and accounting for 42.9% of the industry’s gross sales volume. Packaged candy and snacks ranked second, with 19.7% of the industry and $7.2 billion in sales. More than 857,000 coin-operated vending machines were produced and shipped in 1999. More than half (477,102) were refrigerated units vending canned and bottled soft drinks.”
If you are a beverage bottler or snack maker, according to St Louis Refrigeration sales near Overland, then you are dramatically effected by vending accounts, especially your bottom dollar. Back in the year 2000, vending machines were responsible for a whopping 14% of all foodservice sales in some of the most popular vending machine arenas, like hospitals, schools, businesses, factories and college campuses. They way you, the business owner, makes money is to sell the right to the area where the vending machine will be located. Once that is done, then the vendor will make his or her profits. The more revenue your type of business generates in vending machine sales, the more you can charge for the placement and operation of the machine in your location. Refrigerated vending machines have been around in some fashion since the 1950’s and we intend to go into more details about them in the next post, here, on behalf of your Refrigeration Sales and Service near Overland MO.
American Services restaurant equipment repair near Webster Groves knows that vending machines made in recent years are significantly more complex than when they first were produced. What once was a simple mechanical machine is now a technologically advanced computerized piece of equipment, often able to accept debit cards and credit cards. That being said, a professional repair person may be required to make all but the simplest of adjustments. If the machine or machines in question happen to be under warranty, there may be restrictions about what can and can’t be done to fix it. Refer to the manufacturer for assistance before attempting any repairs in such situations.
The simplest fixes should be the first ones inspected. If the machine is plugged in, but not receiving power, plug it in another electrical socket and check for blown fuses or tripped circuits associated with the place of operation. If power isn’t the issue, but the equipment isn’t functioning, open it up and make sure that a can or bottles isn’t wedged in the mechanical chute or access window. Then presence of jammed coins is another quick fix that you’ll want to look for. Bill acceptors, coin mechanisms, credit relay devices are further components that could need to be fixed or repaired.
Beyond that, temperature could potentially be the issue. If this is the case it could be a simple matter of adjusting the temperature control mechanism. If the wrong products are being dispensed, the dispensing mechanism need to be checked, which is likely to be a task better suited to a service-person. Likewise, wiring may require the presence of an electrician. Vending machine repair specialists are typically not hard to locate and would be happy to help with your beverage machine repair, running and generating revenue again.
Refrigeration applications in the commercial sector involve a wide range of technologies, from standalone residential type refrigerator, to large central supermarket refrigeration systems. The most common refrigeration applications include the following;
– Grocery store refrigeration systems- Grocery store systems have 2 separate and distinct components including the display cases, and the central refrigeration system which includes the mechanical equipment and control section. Grocery stores account for about one third of refrigeration energy use.
– Beverage merchandisers- beverage merchandisers consume about 5 percent of overall refrigeration energy use.
– Reach-in refrigerators-reach-in refrigerators account for about 12 percent of refrigeration energy use overall.
– Refrigerated vending machines-these machines consume about 13 percent of commercial sector refrigeration energy use.
– Walk-in cooler and freezers- account for about 18 percent of refrigeration energy use.
– Ice machines- ice making accounts for about 10 percent of refrigeration energy use
and there are other applications as well. Commercial refrigeration also includes a wide range of other miscellaneous applications to include water coolers, on- beverage merchandisers, and residential grade refrigerator/ freezer combinations. These miscellaneous applications account for about 8 percent of refrigeration energy use for the average restaurant establishment.
This is a basic breakdown of general energy use in the commercial restaurant sector for refrigeration applications. There are many opportunities that exist for energy efficiency improvements in the commercial refrigeration industry.
One of the considerations for energy cost savings would be to hire a professional such as American Services refrigeration services in Missouri, to evaluate your equipment’s efficiency. The older your equipment is, the less your efficiency ratings are.
Today there is new technology which includes energy efficient reaches in refrigerators utilizing 30 percent less energy than older models. Replacing your old equipment with the new, updated technology will produce instant and significant energy savings.
American Services refrigeration maintenance service in St. Louis is pleased to announce that Commercial HVAC contractors are paying special attention to how the phase out of HCFC’s will affect their equipment and businesses, particularly in Colorado where laws are extremely strict even more so than national regulation guidelines.
There are many applications that currently use R22 refrigerant-due to be phased out soon. Refrigerator cases in the supermarket, walk in freezers, ice cream machines, and vending machines are just a few of the examples of commercial refrigeration units that will someday need new non HCFC refrigerant.
Currently the EPA endorses several alternatives to R22 with each one providing different levels of effectiveness. HVAC contractors and companies are concerning themselves with various alternatives to use and how they may affect current refrigeration equipment output performance. The reason is simple; HCFC Production will be halved this year. This decrease in production will create a significant shortage in supply.
There are many commercial refrigerant replacements and each one has its own positive and
negative properties. The major obstacle these commercial refrigerant replacements is the chemical reaction between mineral oil and these refrigerants. The result is that most places will require new equipment designed for a specific refrigerant replacement. Owners of this new equipment should be notified of any spikes or changes in performance caused by these new replacement refrigerants. The complexity of these new systems means the responsibility falls on the commercial refrigerant systems contractors to educate themselves on these new processes. This will allow contractors such as American Services to provide better service, teach customers how the new commercial refrigerant replacement and the specific machinery designed for it work together.