White Paper: How to Design a Retail Kiosk
As the popularity of unattended retail kiosks continue to grow, consumer markets are expanding their usage beyond movies and snack foods, into pharmaceuticals, high tech electronics, games, cosmetics, and more. An unseen yet integral part of the positive unmanned kiosk customer experience takes place inside the framework of the machine. That is where the product to be delivered is picked from its location, and then transferred from inside the machine into the hands of the customer. Designers, engineers, and builders of these kiosk and handling systems put a large amount of focus and energy into the front-end interface. In this white paper, PBC Linear explains key items that will help a project and design team when selecting the components for product delivery systems.
Contents of our White Paper: How to Design a Kiosk for Unattended Retail includes parameters for various retail applications, three basic types of mechanical retrieval and delivery systems, factors contributing to “accuracy” and “repeatability,” and the tribological comparison of linear motion components. All of these areas help to determine the components and conditions under which the project will be completed. Also included are the factors surrounding the choice of mechanics to determine the correct configuration, and charts that apply the “I”, “H”, and carousel gantry formats to the X, Y, and Z axis.
This white paper examines vital areas for designers and engineers to consider when developing new unattended kiosks. It is a helpful guide that gives real-world applicable examples of where certain products have the greatest impact, and gives warnings and recommendations regarding the use of specific products in applications.
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