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Innovation for Slackers

To bring about change that might be unpleasant at first but helps surviving on the market in the long run can especially be difficult for small and medium sized companies. However, innovation actually pays off. Even if the current product range promises high turnover and profits in the present economic climate companies should consider innovations concerning their products and production. Innovation does not always mean product modification. In vending it can also aim at development strategies, up-to-date platforms and professionalized production processes.

Internet of Things Congress

At the congress “Internet of Things – From Sensor to Cloud” taking place in Munich October 25th, Jeannine Budelmann will discuss “Augmented reality glasses connected to ERP systems to optimize manual mounting of circuit boards”. As the managing director of Budelmann Elektronik (specialized in customized hard and software solutions), she is aware of difficulties during manual assembly. “Manual assembly of circuit boards is prone to mistakes on several levels. Sometimes it can be difficult to place the last component between two already mounted ones.

Small Quantities - High Price?

Mass customization is not only a trend in consumer markets but also become more relevant in business-to-business contexts. But how can manufacturers offer small quantities at attractive prices?

Key to success is the modularization of the most important components. This can mean realizing different basic functionalities with one standardized board. Utilization of cross-vendor standards can also help offering small quantities at attractive prices since single components can easily be replaced by compatible other ones.

ITL Trading Partner

Starting in spring 2018, Budelmann Elektronik GmbH will be Innovative Technology Ltd.’s (ITL) new trading partner for the French market. ITL is one of the leading cash handling equipment providers. Their range of products includes note validators and recyclers, multi-coin hoppers as well as ticket and coupon printers.

Apprentice for a day

“Circuit board”, “SMD component”, “wave soldering system” – all these terms as well as their meaning Abdul learns about today. The 20-year-old Syrian attends “One day apprentice”. The event organized by the Junior Chamber International Germany (JCI) addresses people from twelve to 26 years who have difficulties positioning themselves on the employment and training market and is part of the alliance “1000 Chances”.

Cyber-attacks on coffee dispensers

In his current column for the Vending Management magazine Dr. Christoph Budelmann discusses how cyber-attacks do not only compromise data centers but can also affect inter-linked coffee dispensers and vending machines. In issue 04/2017 you learn about which security measures for set-up and remote maintenance have to be installed to protect smart vending machines from cyber-attacks. Which operator would like his coffee dispenser or vending machine to pay out the earnings or give out its entire content for free just because security measures have easily been overcome?

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