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Q: What is VendingMiser?
A: VendingMiser is a member of the EnergyMiser® family of the energy control products for vending machines which also includes the CoolerMiser®, SnackMiser® and PlugMiser®. VendingMiser is a power control technology for cold beverage vending machines. VendingMiser invisibly invisibly invisibly saves up to 46% of the $200 to $500 in annual electricity costs that the machine consumes. It is a simple plug-and-play device, with more than 150,000 units installed in corporations, school districts, colleges and universities, government offices, retail stores, and hospitality properties. Utilizing a Passive Infrared (PIR) Sensor, VendingMiser powers down the vending machine when the surrounding area is vacant, while maintaining the temperature of the vended product. In addition, it will reduce the maintenance costs of the vending machine and increase the life of the front panel fluorescent lamps.

Q: How Does VendingMiser Accomplish This Feat?
A: VendingMiser uses three different technologies to intelligently manage the power to a
vending machine.

  1. Using state-of-the-art electronics, VendingMiser is able to automatically determine whether or not the compressor of the vending machine is operating. Because VendingMiser will never turn off power to the vender while the compressor is running, the VendingMiser will never short cycle the compressor.
  2. The VendingMiser uses a custom PIR motion sensor to determine if there is anyone within 20 feet of the machine. VendingMiser waits for 15 minutes of vacancy and then completely powers off the vending machine. If the compressor is running, power down is delayed until the current cycle is completed.
  3. Once powered off, VendingMiser will monitor the room’s temperature, and based on this measurement will automatically re-power the vending machine in 1 to 3 hours.

VendingMiser allows the vending machine to run a complete cooling cycle, and then powers it down again. (For temperatures above 105° F and below 40° F, the VendingMiser will not turn off power to the vending machine.) When a customer approaches within 20 feet of the vending machine while powdered down, the VendingMiser will sense the person’s presence and power up immediately. See How It Works illustration for more detail.

Q: Have the Major Bottlers Tested the VendingMiser?
A: Yes! Both The Coca-Cola Company and The Pepsi-Cola Company have tested the VendingMiser and VM2iQ and more than 150,000 EnergyMisers have been installed on refrigerated beverage machines. The VM2iQ is another energy saving device that is installed internally in refrigerated beverage vending machines with card readers and high traffic areas.

Q: Have the Vending Machine Manufacturers Tested the VendingMiser?
A: Yes! Dixie-Norco has tested VendingMiser and duplicated USA Technologies’ findings. Other manufacturers are being encouraged to test VendingMiser as well.

Q: Does VendingMiser Have Any Impact on Product Temperature?
A: Absolutely not! Bottlers’ acceptance of our product is based on extensive testing performed by their labs to document that even in very hot locations VendingMiser ensures that the vended product meets their temperature requirements. USA Technologies’ own testing has also shown no significant product temperature change.

Q: Have Other Independent Third Parties Tested VendingMiser?
A: Hundreds of documented tests have been performed by independent parties, generating savings of up to 46%. Information documenting some of these are posted on the testimonials and case studies pages.

Q: Will the VendingMiser Save Energy When Installed on an ENERGY STAR Beverage
Vending Machine?
A: Yes! Working together, an ENERGY STAR qualified vending machine and a VendingMiser can use up to 65% less energy than a standard vending machine. However, installing VendingMiser on a standard vending machine will improve the energy efficiency comparable to an ENERGY STAR rated machine.

Q: Is VendingMiser Safe for My Machine?
A: Yes! VendingMiser is compatible with all types of cold drink vending machines. VendingMiser will not damage your vending machine – this has been validated by VendingMiser
acceptance by bottlers and machine manufacturer testing. In addition to being safe, it will extend the machine’s life and reduce its maintenance costs (see next question).

Q: What Impact Will VendingMiser Have on Vending Machine Maintenance Costs?
A: VendingMiser will reduce overall vending machine maintenance costs. How? During standard operation, the machine’s compressor typically cycles three to four times per hour,
running each time for about ten to fifteen minutes. In a two-hour period, a compressor will run through as many as eight short duration cycles. While the vending machine area is occupied, VendingMiser leaves the vending machine powered, and the compressor will operate in this same fashion. However, when the area around the machine is vacant, VendingMiser will typically cycle the compressor only once every two hours for a longer cycle, usually about 20 – 30 minutes in length. Running fewer but longer cycles will extend the life of the compressor.

In addition, the replacement frequency of the fluorescent lamps will be reduced. While it is true that power cycling fluorescent lamps will shorten their life, the hours that the machine  is powered down greatly exceeds this reduction in burn hours. The net effect is that the lamps will need replacement less often.

A recent study by Foster-Miller, a third-party independent engineering and analysis firm serving the vending industry, concludes that the VendingMiser creates an annual savings of
$45-$86 per machine in operation and maintenance costs. The study finds that the controller technology reduces vending machine operating costs by decreasing the frequency and direct expense of component failures, and thus the number of service calls.

Q: Is Using VendingMiser Preferable to De- Q: Is Using VendingMiser Preferable to De-Lamping? Lamping? Lamping?
A: Absolutely! De-lamping of vending machines has been demanded by some customers as a way to cut their operating costs. However, most operators contacted have indicated that de-lamping nearly always has a negative impact on machine sales. Not so with VendingMiser! Also, VendingMiser will save more energy than de-lamping alone. VendingMiser can certainly be used on a de-lamped vending machine, as up to 46% in energy savings will still accrue, but the payback period will be longer as the average machine power consumption will drop.

Q: What Does It Take to Install a VendingMiser? Q: What Does It Take to Install a VendingMiser?
A: Installing VendingMiser is very simple. It is a plug-and-play device so no settings or adjustments are needed. Allow 5 minute installation without tools. Simply attach the EZInstall bracket, which holds the VendingMiser unit and the PIR Sensor, to the machine with the supplied Velcro. Unplug the vending machine and plug it into the control unit, and then plug the control unit back into the wall outlet. The VendingMiser is self-testing, and has LEDs that will immediately tell you the status of the unit.

The EZ-install VendingMiser requires 11” clearance above the machine. For applications not suitable for the EZ-Install, the wall mount version is recommended. (In many cases, In many cases, the wall mount version is preferred due to the viewing options plus not being attached to the vending machine.) Mount the control unit with the vending machine.) two screws to the wall behind the machine using the supplied metal bracket. The motion sensor is installed separately, but is connected to the control unit with a 10 foot 4conductor cable. The sensor can be located on the wall or overhead to improve energy savings. Apply the raceway with two screws and you are done! Installation should take only a few minutes.

Q: What Happens if VendingMiser Fails? Q: What Happens if VendingMiser Fails?
A: VendingMiser is a member of USA Technologies’ extensive EnergyMiser family, a product line of occupancy-based control technologies with over 150,000 units installed in the field. Our nearly perfect field record allows us to provide a five-year, no quibble warranty year, no quibble warranty year, no quibble warranty on the VendingMiser.

In addition, the VendingMiser is designed to be fail-safe. Should any component in the sensor or the control unit fail, the system is designed so that in most cases the vending machine will be left powered on as in normal operation, so there should be no impact on product sales.

Q: Can VendingMiser Be Used on Machines That Are Outside?
A: Yes. The weatherproof VendingMiser, with waterproof PIR sensor and controller housing, can be used in outdoor locations and any other location where the VendingMiser may be
exposed to water. For temperatures above 105° F and below 40° F, the VendingMiser will not turn off power to the vending machine so the savings are seasonable depending on the weather conditions.

Q: How About Vandalism?
A: Very few cases of vandalism to a VendingMiser have been reported. The steel mounting bracket attaches the control unit behind the vending machine, where it is hidden from view. The sensor looks like a security device, and hence it is rarely disturbed. Anecdotal evidence indicates that vandalism decreases on machines controlled by VendingMiser since vandals are concerned that the sensor is part of a security system. A wire grid mask is available for protecting the sensor if necessary. Note that if the vending machine is already located inside a cage, the VendingMiser is also protected in this enclosure.

Q: What are the overall benefits of VendingMiser? Q: What are the overall benefits of VendingMiser?

  • VendingMisers helps you to save money and go green.
  • VendingMisers are a simple, cost-effective way to start saving money and energy immediately.
  • Inexpensive: payback is typically one year or less.
  • Easy-to-install intuitive installation in 15 minutes or less
  • Saves you or your clients money: an average of $150 per machine, per year.
  • Saves energy: up to 46% savings, or 1611 kWh per machine, per year.
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions: one VendingMiser reduces greenhouse

Emissions by 2200 lbs of CO2 and 3600 grams of NOx each year based on occupancy and the Energy Information Administrators (EIA) national average of greenhouse gas emissions and electricity generation. Small Investment: Big Impact: Vending machines are Small Investment: Big Impact everywhere: schools, hotels, office buildings, cafeterias —just about anywhere people gather. And VendingMiser offers far more “sustainable” savings over a 10-year period than most other energy conservation technologies. Yet vending machines and coolers are often overlooked for energy savings.