04 October 2021
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Connected automatic vending and bin machines launched

Inventor-e has developed two new vending machines for industrial products.

The iVendScale uses weight detection to monitor the dispensing of products. The iVendScale system logs inventory data collected via the scales as products are dispensed. Workers access the bins using an ID card. Weight changes are processed into product quantity when the outer door of the machine is closed. Four bin sizes are available: Type B (Small): 240mm(L) x 150mm(W) x 132mm(H); Bin Type D (Medium): 350mm(L) x 205mm(W) x 182mm(H); Bin Type E (Large): 520mm(L) x 310mm(W) x 200mm(H); Bin Type P (Long): 500mm(L) x 120mm(W) x 95mm(H).

The iBinScale similarly uses weight detection for dispensing products but on the assembly line. iBinScale automatically reorders materials as inventory is consumed – there is no need to manually scan or count bins. The bins are continually weighed, therefore the platform offers an accurate inventory count. Bins are linked via the BLE 4.2 wireless short-range communications protocol to the company’s Sourcerer cloud database supply system.

In order to meet rapid demand for its products, the company turned to the Manufacturing Assembly Network member company PP Control & Automation (PPC&A) to manage the design for manufacture and build, a decision that is already paying dividends with a secure supply chain in place to support thousands of units every year.

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