Inventory vending machines provide point-of-use storage, comprehensive inventory tracking, and control for industrial supplies. These efficient industrial vending systems improve employee access to essential equipment and reduce unnecessary consumption and costs.

Inventory vending machines automate the dispensing of supplies, equipment, parts, tools, and PPE. They are helpful in all industrial applications, such as MRO, manufacturing tool cribs, and distribution.

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Small Parts Vending MachineIndustries that can benefit from inventory vending machines include:

  • Aerospace
  • Construction
  • Government & Military
  • Machining
  • Manufacturing
  • Oil & gas
  • Transportation & Automotive
  • Utilities

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Read on to learn about how inventory vending machines work, applications, and their benefits. You can also check out more of our industrial storage solutions here.

Benefits of Inventory Vending Machines


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Inventory vending machines provide 24/7 access to the tools and equipment employees need to do their jobs. Workers experience reduced time because they no longer depend on someone who isn’t always available to dispense equipment. By distributing the vending systems throughout a facility, employees benefit from point-of-use storage and more access points, reducing wait times and travel time.

Reduced Consumption

Inventory vending machines reduce the consumption of tools and equipment. Since access to necessary supplies is always guaranteed, employees no longer have to resort to hoarding. The vending machine will also dispense the exact amount of items needed for a task and can be programmed to limit the number of items a single person can withdraw. Visit our online store to see our industrial storage products.

Inventory Management

inventory vending machine industrial suppliesVending machine inventory management software tracks all transactions and monitors inventory levels. The system automates reordering on a demand-based system, minimizing stock-outs and obsolete inventory. With vending machine inventory management, you can reduce inventory spending by up to 50%.

How Inventory Vending Machines Work

Inventory vending machines are user-friendly solutions that automatically dispense supplies, parts, personal protective equipment (PPE), cutting tools, and other materials to employees. These secure warehouse vending machines can be placed in various facility areas for convenient point-of-use storage rather than in one centralized storage area. 

To begin, an employee signs in at the touchscreen using a fingerprint, barcode, proximity card, or similar forms of identification. Then, according to the user’s authorization level, they select the tool or item they need from the touchscreen, and the vending machine dispenses it automatically.

Depending on the vending machine model and the part size, the item will be brought to a dispensing window, or the machine may unlock the storage compartment where the item is stored. Either way, the user can only access the specific part they requested.

The vending machine solutions also facilitate returns for tools and other reusable items. Inventory management software tracks all transactions, adjusting inventory levels whenever an item is retrieved or returned.Read about various types of industrial vending machines on our website. 

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Contact Us for Inventory Vending Machines

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for industrial vending solutions, including MRO vending machines, parts vending machines, large-item vending machines, and safety supply vending machines. We will also provide a free consultation to determine your needs and specifications before the design begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.



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“Working with Southwest Solutions including Matt, Susan, and especially Brad was great. They provide amazing customer service. Brad and the install team were especially great. Very professional, easy to work with, and did the work quickly and very well with very little input from us. If we need help with carousel storage moves, parts, or new equipment we will start with Southwest Solutions. ”

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“The team at Southwest Solutions were nothing short of fantastic. First meeting with Craig, I received a customized design, in person, based on my office needs while still maintaining an efficient layout and being cost effective. Craig explained everything clearly, allowing me to understand that as modular mill-work, I would be able to move it if I ever changed offices, but without the added sales pressure to immediately make a decision. Once I had decided, I worked with Chris who assisted in picking out the finishes and scheduling the delivery and installation. The professionalism of Craig and Chris spoke volumes and I would highly recommend anyone looking to transform or fit-out an office to contact Southwest Solutions.”

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“I want to let you know that we all really appreciated your team mentality, professionalism and dedication shown on this project. It was a pleasure working with you and your office and we look forward to many more. Please pass along my gratitude to everyone who worked on this project. Thanks! ”

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“I just want to take a minute to let you know how good of a job your install crew did yesterday. They were quick, fast, courteous and very consensus during the install. They were awesome to say the least. Being in the service business ourselves, we know that you can never hear the words “Good Job” often enough. Please pass this along to your crew.”
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