Ancillary Devices and Related Industries

The pachinko industry is connected with many ancillary device manufacturers and other related businesses, as well as with pachinko parlors and pachinko/pachislo machine manufacturers.

Many ancillary devices are used for the operation of a pachinko parlor. Some typical ancillary devices include Ball/Token Lending Units, calling lamps, and money changers. In particular, money changers have become increasingly sophisticated these days. Some of them display oatari (jackpot) information and game features of each game machine on a large LCD screen; they also serve as terminals for the provision of information on pachinko parlors and game machines.

Pachinko parlors use systems for feeding balls into pachinko machines. In addition, desktop computers play a key role in the operation of pachinko parlors, which collect and analyze game machine data, although such systems are invisible to visitors. Balls had to be fed manually during the decade after the end of the Second World War. From 1955 to 1964, an automatic ball feeding system was developed to achieve substantial labor savings which contributed to the modernization of operations at pachinko parlors. Modern ball feeding systems are equipped with an automatic ball cleaning function. The operating status of each pachinko machine can be monitored in real-time using desktop computers installed in the pachinko parlor. The analysis, etc., of customer data linked to the member management system is used to develop pachinko parlor operation strategies.

 In pachinko parlors, there are many ancillary devices: POS systems handling prize exchange data, CCTV cameras used for security purposes, game information disclosure devices and air-conditioning systems to ensure comfortable playing conditions. In addition, there are many other items such as automatic cigarette butt recovery devices, coin/bill transfer devices, furniture/fixtures including chairs, not to mention balls/tokens.

Pachinko related businesses include advertising companies creating newspaper inserts and point-of-purchase advertising materials for use inside and outside pachinko parlors, temporary staff dispatch businesses, and pachinko parlor design/construction companies. The pachinko industry covers an increasingly wide range of businesses. In 2011, massive flooding occurred in Thailand, resulting in supply chain disruptions with game machine manufacturers, which operated on a global basis.