Tube Type Vending in a nutshell: (you may never look at a box of straws the
The vending industry in general generates a fair bit of waste, not in the day
to day operations of these companies but in what to do with the vending machines
as the reach their end of life cycle.
With the ever changing marketing needs of the end users, the shear diversity
of packaging profiles and the lower amounts of plastic used in these bottles
decommissioning of vending machines is on the rise.
What happens to the machines that are being retired because there inability
to vend the new packaging designs coming forward? Generally they are either
refurbished for a different a market, sold off to 3 parties, sent for recycling
or are simply discarded as trash.
Until recently there has been little in the way of other options, this was
the reason I invented the Tube Type Technology.
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With a dimensional
of 6.5 inches square per selection and each unit being self
contained you simply put these units into the vending machine until it is full
then return it to active duty in the field. This creates and estimated savings
of $1000 to $1600 dollars per vender as the box is saved from the trash, as to
the previous insert it is fully recyclable.
You should be looking at his technology now, as a green solution for the
environment with a profit for business as well.
Refurbishing a unit
Take a vending machine like the one above, then remove the
current OEM Stack
Install the Tube Type Cluster holders, install the Tube Type clusters
and voila a reborn vending machine capable of vending virtually any
Bottle Height adjustment
Were would we be with unit that was not adjustable?
The unit does not need shims for different bottles height adjustments
needed are accomplished by adjusting the lower disc so the upper disc
rests 1/2 way down the cap. Whether you are vending of Sport Caps or
generally no adjustments are needed for the cluster, however if you
vending a super long bottle you may need this adjustment, so I have
The lower disc is adjusted up to meet the base of the bottle as shown,
then locked into place.
Long Term Concepts
As the technology holds the package firmly and in place with no were
for it to go, it is conceivable to preload the venders with bottles and
deliver them to the location needed. I have tested this concept and it
does work well. I bounced the machine fully loaded with bottles on a
trailer for 2 hours, then removed it from the trailer, tipped it 30
degrees on a cart rolled it to its final location, stood it up and
This concept was originally brought forward for large bottlers with
trailer delivery vehicles, however any one with a trailer and a
generator could use this concept. This concept is not new and has been
tried before, however using previously vending technologies. The trip to
the site usually caused machine jams due primarily to the bouncing of
the products on the trip to the location. This is not the case with the
tube type technology.
The theory is to preload the trailers with 40 by 48 skid size vending
machines, drive to the destination and drop the trailers. Then open the
doors, start the generator or plug-in and start vending. This is useful
in temporary venues such as sporting events and virtually and large
venues. Should the trailer empty the driver simply goes and picks up
another loaded one, drops it off and picks up the empty. It is estimated
that 30 percent of the these trucks sit in the bottlers yard over the
weekends, so why not make this time productive. At night simply close
the doors to protect the machines and product from vandalism.
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PDF files for Download
Small Generic 2007.pdf
TTgen2 Demo Unit.pdf
TT Trailer Vending.pdf