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PG students of VIT’s mechatronics department develop egg vending machine
Saturday, 04 May, 2019, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
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Post-graduate students of the mechatronics department at Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, successfully developed an egg vending machine.

The move came about after the Central Poultry Development Organisation (Northern Region), Chandigarh, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries fabricated a suitable prototype egg vending machine.

In this regard, CPDO approached many engineering colleges in India. However, only Vellore Institute of Technology agreed to design, fabricate and installed a modern electronic prototype egg vending machine with a smart-card swipe system and multi-coin dropping system.

The indigenised electronic egg vending machine was unveiled by Sanjay Bhoosreddy, joint secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Department of Animal Husbandry Dairying and Fisheries, in the presence of P K Shukla, dean and professor, Mathura Veterinary College, and P Blahwar, joint commissioner.

The incursion of the vending technology has revolutionised the markets and has established a new way to product livery in particular has products. There lies a huge market share for daily commodities like eggs and milk with a short time, so they must reach the society instantly without any delay.

“This problem is faced by the poultry industry, where a huge gap is created between the poultry domain and the direct interaction with the market. So this proposal provides some valuable insights for investing ideas to deliver a seamless egg vending machine, which could solve the problem,” stated S Denis Ashok, R C Narrendar, Shashank Moro and students of the Tilak School of Mechanical and Building Sciences, VIT University, in an article on egg vending machine published in Poultry Innovation magazine of March 2019.

The concept of egg vending machine is not only meant for individual purposes, it can
also be used for developing consistent networks for automatic distributors in all localities.

The availability of huge range of communication standard enables the usage of peak technology, so that these egg-selling machines have smallest operational costs.

The main scope that it would establish is direct commodity delivery to market without any intermediate trades, timely delivery to society and less operational costs.

The various objectives that could be achieved through the egg vending machine include reduction of operational cost by removing the unnecessary employment and vend a product to customer 24 hours a day.

It will facilitate manageability by the establisher alone, as the vending has inbuilt data logging and reporting systems.

“It makes the machine interactive with its clients for customisable purchases. The machine adhere to all the international regulations regarding the food safety laws,” the authors noted.

It enables the vending of six or 12 eggs in a package and the money transaction is done using the credit card-based system for improved security.

However, coin-based transaction can also be provided alongside with it. It is the storage unit where the eggs are stacked under an indexed manner.

“The storage unit can also be refrigerated if necessary. The whole part of the storage unit consists of eggs that are packed inside the egg trays,” stated the authors.
 
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