CribMaster’s modular X3 system materials vending machine combines both helix and carousel dispensing, designed for smaller-scale, point-of-use vending of high-volume inventory. The machine is intended to be a cost-effective, expandable system with customizable vending options to promote efficiency. While suitable for any type of PPE or MRO inventory, it also effectively stores small items such as single inserts, which have been difficult to dispense in the past, the company says.
To simplify operation, the vending machine uses a badge scanning or other login system, followed by touchscreen item options and quantity selection before the inventory is dispensed. The software records the transaction and the database is updated automatically. The system’s inventory management software also handles a range of functions including cost accounting, purchasing optimization, supply chain tracking, inventory level monitoring and cost saving opportunity identification.