A manufacturer of an automated vending machine designed for commercial credit card purchases needed a reliable, economical mechanism to repeatedly lock and unlock a critical compartment drawer through which merchandise would drop to customers.
Based on its power, size and affordability, a Saia-Burgess open frame solenoid was selected to provide the actuation for this application. In operation, the solenoid releases the drawer when energized with a credit card purchase. After merchandise passes through the drawer, the solenoid becomes de-energized, and latches the drawer in place.
Replacing a number of mechanical devices as a more cost effective and reliable means of providing actuation, Saia-Burgess solenoids provide fast and powerful operation at high speeds. This makes them highly suitable for locking and latching mechanisms. In addition to vending machine doors, Saia-Burgess solenoids have recently been added to the design of high security doors, commercial machinery, and computer peripherals.
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