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Vending Machine Secure Real-time Data Using Everyware Cloud

As vending machine technology has evolved, it has become more challenging, less reliable and costly to connect phone lines to vending machines and collect data via a modem. Manual equipment maintenance is very costly, slow and labor intensive.

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  • SUPPLIER
  • Eurotech
    Eurotech is a global company focusing on embedded computers and pervasive computing, which combines three key factors: the miniaturisation of computers capable of processing information; their spread in the real world - in buildings and machinery, on board vehicles, on persons and in the environment; and their ability to network and communicate. Year founded: 1992 Revenue: $69 million (2014) BIT: ETH
  • INDUSTRIES
  • Equipment & Machinery
  • FUNCTIONS
  • Maintenance
  • CUSTOMER
  • Vending machine manufacturing companies.
  • CONNECTIVITY PROTOCOLS
  • Cellular
    Other frequency
    Wi-Fi
  • SOLUTION
  • Eurotech solutions integrate the latest in vending technology including touchscreen display, cashless payment options, and vending industry standard protocols to simplify development for OEMs. Eurotech products such as the ReliaGATE 20-11 multi-service gateway can enable M2M communications in different environments whether connected through a LAN, over WiFi or over a cellular network.

    Software Components
    - Eurotech Everyware Software Framework (ESF)
    - Everyware Cloud
  • DATA COLLECTED
  • SOLUTION TYPE
  • SOLUTION MATURITY
  • Cutting Edge (technology has been on the market for < 2 years)
  • OPERATIONAL IMPACT
  • Impact #1
    [Product Improvement - User Acceptance]
    Touchscreens feature allows manufacturers and operators to offer advertising, caloric information, updated inventory and a more attractive user experience.
    Impact #2
    [Data Management - Data Analysis]
    Cloud solutions enable aggregation of 'big data' to enable more robust analysis and lower costs.
    Impact #3
    [Efficiency Improvement - Maintenance]
    Real-time status reports enable maintenance personnel to remotely diagnose the status of vending machine inventory and functionality.
  • QUANTITATIVE BENEFIT
  • USE CASES
  • Process Control & Optimization
    Process control and optimization (PCO) is the discipline of adjusting a process to maintain or optimize a specified set of parameters without violating process constraints. The PCO market is being driven by rising demand for energy-efficient production processes, safety and security concerns, and the development of IoT systems that can reliably predict process deviations. Fundamentally, there are three parameters that can be adjusted to affect optimal performance. - Equipment optimization: The first step is to verify that the existing equipment is being used to its fullest advantage by examining operating data to identify equipment bottlenecks. - Operating procedures: Operating procedures may vary widely from person-to-person or from shift-to-shift. Automation of the plant can help significantly. But automation will be of no help if the operators take control and run the plant in manual. - Control optimization: In a typical processing plant, such as a chemical plant or oil refinery, there are hundreds or even thousands of control loops. Each control loop is responsible for controlling one part of the process, such as maintaining a temperature, level, or flow. If the control loop is not properly designed and tuned, the process runs below its optimum. The process will be more expensive to operate, and equipment will wear out prematurely. For each control loop to run optimally, identification of sensor, valve, and tuning problems is important. It has been well documented that over 35% of control loops typically have problems. The process of continuously monitoring and optimizing the entire plant is sometimes called performance supervision.
  • HARDWARE
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