Create Machine

Create Machine

Creating a machine is a two-phase process. On the first phase you open the Create Machine screen by clicking add Create Machine button and enter the general data for the machine. During the second phase you define the machine planogram (the products inside the machine).

Step 1 - Basic data #

First you have to select the machine type:

select machine type

Then the system will open the Create Machine screen:

Create Machine dialog

  • Code (Mandatory): here, you can enter alphanumeric values to identify the machine. If you don’t have your machine numbering scheme, the system will generate sequential numbering for you (by default).
  • Description (Optional): enter some free-text description of the machine that will help you quickly identify it.
  • Machine Type (Mandatory): select the machine’s type. Selection is made from a predefined list. This is a very important field because the system behavior is different depending on the selected machine type. See the detailed description of all machine types supported by VendSoft.
  • Make/Model (Optional): enter some free text to define manufacturer, specific model, etc.
  • Key (Optional): describe the key you use to open the machine in free text.
  • Serial Number (Optional): enter the serial number of the machine.
  • Track Vend Meter: a flag that indicates whether you want to track the machine’s vending meter readings (the number of items sold by the machine). If you enable this feature, the system displays the field Vend Meter on the Enter Trip Results screen and allows you to enter a value in it. It is not selected by default.
  • Track Cash Meter: a flag that indicates whether you want to track the machine’s cash meter readings (the amount of money collected by the machine). If you enable this feature, the system displays the field Cash Meter on the Enter Trip Results screen and allows you to enter a value in it. It is not selected by default.
  • Track Credit Card Sales: a flag that indicates whether you want to track the machine’s credit card sales (the sum of sales paid with a Credit card since the last visit). If you enable this feature, the system displays the field Credit Card Sales on the Enter Trip Results screen and allows you to enter a value in it. It is not selected by default.

If you have some custom fields defined, an additional section will be displayed in the Create Machine dialog

When you are ready, click the save Save button. The system saves entered data and automatically opens the View/Edit Machine screen. You can further define the machine’s configuration, i.e., the products in the machine, their quantities and vend price, mapping between slots/selections and products, etc.

This is the second phase of the machine creation process.

Step 2 - Machine Configuration #

You define machine configuration - products, quantities, prices, etc., in the Edit Machine screen.

Depending on the machine type that you selected for this machine, the configuration section will look a little bit different, and the data you have to specify will differ.

Soda Machine Type #

You have created a machine selecting one of the following machine types:

  • Soda
  • Snack
  • Soda/Snack
  • Juice
  • Cigarette
  • Honor Box

See how to further set up configuration for soda machines in article Edit Machine - Soda Machine Type.

Bulk Machine Type #

See how to set up configuration for Bulk machines here.

Coffee Machine Type #

See how to set up configuration for Coffee machines here.

Snack/Coffee Machine Type #

See how to set up configuration for Snack/Coffee machines here.