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Vending solutions from Acal BFi

Advanced technology solutions for vending, coffee and water dispensing

 

  • Our capabilities

  • Sensors

  • Interconnect

  • Power supplies

  • Powercords and inlets

  • HMI

  • Embedded computing

  • IoT connectivity

  • LEDs and lighting

  • PCB-mounted products

  • Environmental conditioning

 

Our capabilities

Acal BFi have expertise in developing solutions for the vending and dispensing industry

Acal BFi have expertise in developing solutions for the vending and dispensing industry. Through our technical expertise and our partnership with best-in-class manufacturers, we offer a wide range of advanced technology solutions, electronic components and custom services to designers and manufacturers of vending, dispensing and coffee machines, water boilers and chillers.

 

Comprehensive solutions

Our comprehensive solutions cover both component and system level devices covering key aspects of technology used in vending

Our comprehensive solutions cover both component and system level devices covering key aspects of technology used in vending including sensors, power supplies, HMI, environmental control products and embedded control systems. Working with key industry players we have a track record of taking standard products and then customising them to meet the specific, individual needs of the customer.

 

Improve ROI and efficiency with IoT connectivity

With our Wireless Technical Competence Centre Acal BFi are in a unique position to bring IoT functionality to your system

With our Wireless Technical Competence Centre Acal BFi are in a unique position to bring IoT functionality to your system, whether it’s simply advising on the correct components to connect your system to the internet, providing air-time services, or engaging on a complete turn-key design covering hardware design, firmware design and cloud services.

 

Expert advice

Utilising our expertise and innovative industry solutions our vending customers are able to reduce inventory, speed up production and improve product design and efficiency

By utilising our expertise and innovative industry solutions our vending customers are able to reduce inventory, speed up production and improve product design and efficiency.

Take a look at our solutions on the left and contact us for more information.

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Sensors

A wide choice of sensors to support all vending and dispensing functionality

We supply a wide choice of sensors to support all vending and dispensing functionality

Acal BFi offer a wide range of sensors from world-leading suppliers suitable for use in vending machines, dispensing machines, coffee machines, water boilers and water chillers.

our sensor solutions
 

Featured product ranges

full sensor range
 

Featured suppliers

Amphenol Advanced Sensors Bosch Sensortec Honeywell Colibrys
Shibaura Tewa  

Technical support when you need it

Work with Acal BFi to create a sensor assembly customised for your needs

Work with Acal BFi to create a sensor assembly customised for your needs

Utilise our extensive technical support and expertise to help guide you to the most appropriate sensor from our range, and once you’ve found the correct sensing element, work with our engineers to design the perfect housing, simplifying your production process and improving your ROI.

We have designed custom assemblies for:

  • Temperature probes
  • Humidity sensors
  • Multi-axis accelerometers
custom temperature probes
 

Interconnect

Interconnect solutions to support all vending/dispensing machine functionality

Interconnect solutions to support all vending/dispensing machine functionality

Acal BFi have over 50 years experience with Amphenol, one of the industry’s largest connector manufacturers. Our range encompasses connector types and styles suitable for use in vending machines, dispensing machines, coffee machines, water boilers and water chillers.

our interconnect solutions
 

Featured product ranges

full interconnect range
 

Featured suppliers

Amphenol Bulgin Cabcon EDAC
Harting JST TE Connectivity  

Cable assemblies and looms made-to-measure

Work with Acal BFi to manufacture your customised cable loom

Work with Acal BFi to manufacture your customised cable loom

Use our experience in connector assembly design and manufacture to improve your ROI. We can produce cable assemblies and looms in accordance with your drawings. Our expertise extends across the whole spectrum, so we can help you whatever your project or application.

We have designed custom assemblies for:

  • Manufactured to customer specification
  • Looms can include switches, relays, fuses etc.
  • Shielded cable assemblies and harnesses
  • Over-moulding
  • Custom cables
  • Wide range of connectors
custom cable assemblies
 

Power supplies

Off-the-shelf power supplies meet the demand for increased efficiency

Acal BFi offer a wide range of off-the-shelf AC/DC power supplies from leading global manufacturers

Acal BFi offer a wide range of off-the-shelf AC/DC power supplies from leading global manufacturers with an emphasis on high-conversion efficiency and long-term reliability, features which are essential for vending and dispensing applications. Our range includes products meeting the latest level of efficiency requirements.

our power solutions
 

Featured product ranges

AC/DC converters

  • Power ratings from 5W to 900W
  • Universal input (85V to 260V AC)
  • Up to five outputs
  • Output voltages from 2V to 60V

DC/DC converters

  • Power ratings from 2W to 2kW
  • Input voltages from 2V to 50V DC
  • Fixed and adjustable output voltages

Supported form-factors:

  • Open frame
  • Closed frame
  • DIN mounting
  • PCB mounting

Featured suppliers

Cincon Eos Excelsys ICC Nexergy
SynQor SL Power Electronics RSG Skynet
Zippy Technology Corporation

Semi-custom power supplies

Customised power solutions

Customised power solutions

Acal BFi’s power supply design team can create a custom power supply for your needs using off-the-shelf sub-systems tested for compliance in our in-house EMC chamber.

Key advantages:

  • Shorter development cycles
  • Wide range of power sub-systems
  • Standards compliant
  • Reduced cost of ownership
  • State-of-the-art logistics
  • Manufactured in facilities accredited to ISO9001
semi-custom power supplies
 

Powercords and inlets

High-quality, globally approved powercords and IEC inlets

High-quality, globally approved powercords and IEC inlets

Acal BFi have over 25 years experience in the manufacture and supply of internationally approved powercords, IEC extension leads and IEC inlets.

our powercord solutions
 

Featured product ranges

International powercords

  • Power end - support for all countries world-wide
  • Equipment end - IEC C5, C7, C13, C15, C19, stripped end
  • Standard lengths - 0.5m, 1m, 2m, 2.5m, 3m, 5m, 10m
  • Standard colours - black, white, blue, orange, red
  • IEC extension leads
  • Fully standards compliant for country of destination
  • Fully tested
  • Next day delivery on stock items

IEC inlets

  • IEC styles C13, C14, C16, C18, C20
  • Ratings up to 16A
  • Snap-in and screw mounting
  • Any combination of switched and/or fused
  • Filtered inlets
Acal BFi have over 25 years experience in the manufacture and supply of internationally approved powercords

Featured suppliers

Bulgin Cabcon Delta Electronics Schurter
TE Connectivity      

Bespoke powercords

Custom powercords to your specific requirements

Custom powercords to your specific requirements

With extensive manufacturing facilities both in the UK and China, Cabcon, and Acal BFi have a production capacity of over 1 million units per week.

Examples of our custom solutions:

  • Variety of different colours
  • Non-standard lead lengths
  • Specialised end terminations and lengths
  • Custom designed strain reliefs
  • Special packaging and handling options
  • Logistics, bagging and labelling service
custom powercords
 

HMI

User interface solutions for vending and dispensing

User interface solutions for vending and dispensing

Acal BFi offer a comprehensive range of HMI solutions for vending and dispensing, from simple vandal-resistant key pads and switches to the latest, stunning, fully customised, backlit, capacitive-touch-based interfaces.

Featured product ranges

Custom keypads

  • Sealing up to IP69K
  • Tactile or non-tactile
  • Dome, pillow or rim embossing
  • Optional illumination
  • Capacitive touch

Vandal resistant LED indicators

  • Variety of colours
  • 5V to 24V operating voltages
  • Stainless steel housings
Stainless steel vandal resistant and piezo switches

Stainless steel vandal resistant and piezo switches

  • Individual illuminated / non-illuminated push button switches
  • Individual piezo / ceramic switches
  • Piezo keypads

Featured suppliers

Arcolectric Honeywell ITW Schurter
Stadium IGT      

Create visually stunning interfaces

Custom designed ultra thin backlit capacitive touch interfaces

Custom designed ultra thin backlit capacitive touch interfaces

We work with Stadium IGT, a specialist manufacturer in this field, to create stunning touch-activated displays customised to your specific requirements. These screens can work behind glass up to 8mm thick, so can be used for vandal-resistant applications. Stadium IGT’s patented thin film illumination allows designers to add custom layouts to their switch panels, including hidden-until-lit switches, with animation, and with a wide variety of custom shapes.

custom capacitive touch screens
 

Embedded computing

Embedded computing solutions for vending and dispensing

Embedded computing solutions for vending and dispensing

Acal BFi offer a complete portfolio of embedded products suitable for vending and dispensing solutions. These include embedded PCs in COM and PC104/PC104+ form-factors and the latest range of touch-screen smart panels with resistive touch screens, suitable for integration into vending and dispensing applications.

our embedded solutions
 
Acal BFi offer a complete portfolio of embedded products suitable for vending and dispensing solutions

Pre-loaded with your software

Acal BFi have over 20 years of experience in providing fully configured embedded systems for military, and, more recently, industrial applications.

Our capabilities:

  • Design of custom carrier boards
  • System integration and test
  • Pre-load and test of OS and drivers
  • Pre-load and test of application-specific software
  • Custom cabling, board to peripherals
  • Custom power supplies
assembly and integration services
 

Featured suppliers

Acromag Adlink Artesyn Embedded Technologies Hectronic
One Stop Systems Tews Technologies    

Smart touch computers for OEM integration

Smart touch computers for OEM integration

ADLINK’s STC-1x05 series of industrial panel computers is available in three sizes with 10.4, 12.1 and 15 inch touch-screen displays. These panel PCs leverage the SMARC computer-on- module concept to provide users a range of solutions with proven performance and the flexibility to tailor their systems to meet their specific requirements.

With the SMARC design concept, multiple CPU types are supported and users are able to save on development and redesign costs when they update their systems to support higher processing and graphics-performance requirements.

Features:

  • Intel® Atom™ Processor E3845
  • 10.4, 12.1, or 15 inch 4:3 TFT-LCD display with 1024 x 768 resolution
  • 5-wire resistive or projected capacitive touch with IP65-compliant front bezel
full flat panel computing range
 

IoT connectivity

Improve productivity, reliability and reduce fraud with IoT connectivity

Improve productivity, reliability and reduce fraud with IoT connectivity

Knowing what’s happening with your machines in the field, can bring valuable improvements in customer service and operational efficiency. For machines where cash is used, advanced notice of machine takings can be useful in reducing fraud and assessing the cost-effectiveness of any given site. Connect your machine to the internet and this becomes a very real possibility, and, with our wide range of inter-connectivity solutions, we can work with you to ensure you create the best solution for your needs.

The power of real-time reporting

The power of real-time reporting

  • Inventory reporting
  • Stock refill alerts
  • Daily cash reports
  • Diagnostic reports
  • Automatic notification of faults

Featured suppliers

Fujitsu Wireless Solutions Lantronix OriginGPS Sierra Wireless
Skyworks USI    

Supporting the most widely used IoT connection technologies

Supporting the most widely used IoT connection technologies

IoT modules to get your machine connected

Acal BFi offer a range of modules and gateways designed to allow you to easily integrate internet connectivity into your system. Our modules are fully standards compliant and can easily be controlled from any microcontroller. Our factory-trained, field-based applications engineers are available to provide in-depth technical support.

Our technologies:

No IoT expertise? No problem - we can help

Acal BFi’s European Wireless Technical Competence Centre provides consultancy, concepts and turnkey design of wireless solutions across Europe. One key area of expertise is the development of hardware and firmware solutions to add IoT connectivity to existing designs.

Tailored, cost-effective service with our in-house expertise

  • Specialist design team
    Cross-functional team adept at working with proprietry ISM, 2G/3G/4G, ZigbBee WiFi and Bluetooth solutions.
  • Consultation
    RF design and review services, with suggestions for performance improvement where appropriate.
  • System design
    RF hardware, firmware and software design services to add wireless communications to your products.
  • Manufacturing
    Prototype, first production batch or ongoing manufacture with full program management.
  • Cost-effective solutions
    From component selection to overall design, our services are tailored to your needs and in tune with today’s commercial challenges.
wireless module integration
 

Airtime services and cloud-based solutions

Airtime services and cloud-based solutions
  • Adaptive connectivity
    Air-time data bundles with conventional or embedded SIMs.
  • Application enablement
    AirVantage® high-performance platform, tools and a development community that will get your service to market faster.
  • Hardware ready
    Selection of modules and gateways fully compatible with AirVantage®.
  • Cloud connectors
    AirVantage® is connected to Google’s cloud platform, making your IoT data available to all of the services the cloud platform provides.
cloud services from sierra wireless
 

LEDs and lighting

Specialist LED lighting solutions

Specialist LED lighting solutions

Acal BFi’s in-depth knowledge of LEDs and their applications has brought the company to the forefront of the optoelectronics supply industry, allowing our customers to achieve outstanding results both in technical and commercial terms. We work in partnership with customers enabling them to bring products to market in optimum time frames, on budget and to specification.

Our Support Team’s comprehensive knowledge of products and applications provides an invaluable service to our customers, enabling them to specify a bespoke solution to suit their budget and end use covering all aspects including drivers, optics and thermal management.

Acal BFi are able to call on a wide variety of in-house services and equipment to support customers as they explore and define their LED light engine requirements. Within our facility, in addition to comprehensive electrical, optical and thermal test equipment, we have an EMC test chamber, allowing our engineers to run pre-compliance testing, so customers know that our solutions will be developed to meet the industry standards.

custom led lighting
 
Acal BFi’s in-depth knowledge of LEDs and their applications has brought the company to the forefront of the optoelectronics supply industry

Our services:

  • LED component selection and supply
  • Custom LED light engine design
  • PCBA design and production
  • Thermal management materials
  • Driver selection and supply
  • Supply of optics for optimum light dispersion

Featured suppliers

Dialight Excellence Opto Inc. Lustrous Stadium IGT
SunLED TSLC    

Discrete LEDs

To complement our specialist lighting solutions Acal BFi also offer a range of discrete LEDs and accessories, suitable for use in vending applications. Our range includes direct mains powered COBs with hues optimised for the food industry, enhancing the appearance of certain foods.

Our range:

Discrete LEDs
  • White power lighting LEDs
  • White and coloured COBs
  • Direct mains powered COBs
  • Coloured or colour changing LED lights
  • Signal and Indicator LEDs
  • Ultraviolet LED illumination
  • Lenses and reflectors
  • Light shaping diffuser films
  • LED drivers
  • Thermal management solutions
  • Light measurement and test solutions
full led range
 

PCB-mounted products

Components for control boards within vending and dispensing

Components for control boards within vending and dispensing

We have a range of components suitable for use in microcontroller-based control systems used in vending and dispensing systems, from semiconductors to sounders and relays.

Featured product ranges

Semiconductors

  • Power management
  • LDOs
  • LED drivers
  • Op amps

LED indicators

  • Surface mount
  • Through hole
  • LEDs
  • Indicators

Sounders and buzzers

  • Buzzers and transducers
  • Piezoceramic speakers
  • Piezoceramic amplifiers

Relays

  • Power relays
  • Signal relays
  • Solid state relays

Frequency control

  • Crystals
  • Oscillators
  • Real-time clocks

PCB mount connectors

  • Board-to-board connectors
  • Screw / screwless connectors
  • IDC connectors

Featured suppliers

Advanced Crystal Technology Amphenol EDAC Epson
Fujitsu Harting New Japan Radio JST
Skyworks Sonitron Taitien TE Connectivity

Locator - kitting and PCBA assembly

Electronics manufacturing services tailored to your needs

Electronics manufacturing services tailored to your needs

Established for more than 25 years and now operating as part of Acal BFi, Locator provide specialist sub-contract and kitting services. They offer a personalised service for their customers, building long-lasting partnerships based on flexibility and trust.

Locator services:

  • PCB assembly
  • Turnkey manufacturing
  • Test solutions
  • Prototyping
  • Electronic component kitting
  • Electronic component sourcing
  • Logistics services
kitting and assembly services
 

Environmental conditioning

Environmental solutions for vending and dispensing

Environmental solutions for vending and dispensing

We offer custom and off-the shelf solutions for heating, passive cooling and temperature regulation to keep the internal environment at a level consistent with best practice to ensure maximum product life and freshness.

Featured product ranges

Heating technologies

  • Silicone heater mats
  • Standard and custom shapes
  • Flexible and lightweight
  • Precise, even heating
  • UL and VDE approvals

Fan-based cooling technologies

  • Shell motors for refrigeration
  • Axial and radial fans
  • AC blowers
  • Full thermal sub-assemblies

Featured suppliers

Comair Rotron Holroyd Sunon YS Tech