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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 4, April 2012, Posted On: 3/19/2012

Sanden's Hand-Cranked Vending Machine Sidesteps Japan's Power Outages

Emily Jed
Sanden Corp., SandenVendo America, vending machine, vending in Japan, hand-crank vending machine, EnergyRanger, beverage vending machine

TOKYO -- The power shortage that followed the earthquake and tsunami in Japan last year left thousands of vending machines unable to vend the products they held. Japan's Sanden Corp., parent to SandenVendo America Inc., is bringing to a market a solution with a hand-cranked vending machine that works even when there is no external source of power.

The machine, purpose-built to ensure access to beverages during sustained power outages, works like a hand-cranked radio or flashlight. The patron simply turns a handle on the machine about 70 times to generate the power to accept payment and enable the machine to release up to seven products. | SEE DEMONSTRATION

However, keeping products hot or cold is not an option without power.

VT reported on Sanden's power-generating machine last year. See: Japan's Sanden Corp. Buys Toshiba Cup Vending Business, Unveils EnergyRanger

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