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Are All Automatic Mahjong Tables The same – part 2

Are All Automatic Mahjong Tables The same – part 2

Are All Automatic Mahjong Tables The same – part 2. If you have read “Are All Automatic Mahjong Tables the same? you can see that I have tried to stay neutral when pointing out the differences between different manufactures. My purpose is not to single out any manufacture or brand or to promote any brand including ours. My purpose is to educate my readers and give them knowledge which will help them make a better decision when purchasing an Automatic Mahjong table.

Are All Automatic Mahjong Table the same? The answer is NO!. I recently answered a post on my YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/edit?o=U&video_id=uMT6s7g-k-8

Where a subscriber asked me “these are so cool, but also SO EXPENSIVE!!!” and my response was as the following:

Buying an automatic mahjong table is like buying an appliance. You purchase an appliance by selecting a reputable brand that stands for quality and is backed up with a great warranty. A great warranty can only be given when quality parts have been used and a manufacture follows strict quality controls and protocols to ensure the product will outlast the warranty. A manufacture must decide if their goal is to build a reputable brand or build a sub-standard product using inferior parts which can yield large profits. Consumers who are willing to invest $1000.00 or more in an automatic mahjong table, should consider what is best for them, whether buying a quality product that will last for many years or buying an inexpensively made product that was designed to gain the greatest profit, with little consideration given to the lifespan of the product. Consumers should also consider if technical support in English will be available from the manufacture should it ever be needed or if the re-seller has the technical knowledge needed should you require help. Is it worth buying a cheaper unsafe unheard of foreign brand when investing $1000.00 or more dollars? Why risk it?

As you can see, I was able to answer the question that was asked by a YouTuber subscriber and stay neutral without singling out any manufacture or brand. I believe an educated consumer is an empowered consumer.

A manufacture must decide if their goal is to build a reputable brand or to make a quick profit. As difficult it may be to believe, there are many who would pick a quick profit. This is due to the unlimited prospective customers. This is the mentality that has evolved in overseas. Since Asia is the factory of the world it has an unlimited endless base of customers. This has led most companies overseas to built low quality goods with high profits. If the customer is not happy, there is another one waiting to buy. So why worry and reduce profits with providing quality when there is an endless supply of buyers? Here in the United States, we are tied to traditional values such as manufacturing quality products. We produce products which reflect our values. We have to conform to values which have been instilled by our heritage as well as our government.  Our products have to comply with so many governmental standards including safety. And if they don’t, consumers have an arsenal of governmental offices to call and report the product. That is why American products/technology are always preferred. My apologies to our overseas readers, my goal is not to single out a country or industry. My goal is to educate consumers so they can make prudent decisions when purchasing.

Recently there has been a deluge of Automatic Mahjong Tables on the internet. Some are offered for very low prices that seem a great bargain. Let’s analyze the sale price as well as the shipping cost. I can definitely tell you that the cost to ship an Automatic Mahjong Table on a pallet to most areas in the USA is about $300.00 for about 250/300 lbs. The cost will depend where you are shipping from. The closer to the city from where it is shipped from, the less the cost but the overall cost is about or near $300. Deduct that from the total cost and you will have the cost of goods from the seller or manufacture.

There is truth in the old saying “You get what you pay for”. That is why there are different markets for buyers to chose from. You can purchase a lower end product and hope it will last or you can purchase a quality product with confidence and know it is backed by a reputable company.

The technical Part

Firstly, I must state that the technology for the automatic mahjong table originally comes from Japan. It was later imported by China.

Let’s look at the technical side of the Automatic Machine. The Automatic Mahjong machine was engineered to work with precision and within technical specifications such as motor speeds, precise measurements. It works with the use of magnetism. There are 4 powerful magnets which influence the operation of the tiles. Each tile has a magnet inside under the acrylic finish.  As we learned in grade school opposite magnetic poles attract and the same poles repel. Using this magnetic force we can influence the tiles to face the direction required. The tiles are then picked up by a wheel on a conveyor belt using a wheel that has magnets with the attracting side of the poles. The tiles are then distributed to all four sides of the distribution system. As the tiles pass through a light sensor they are counted and placed on a wall to be delivered to the playing surface.

So how are Automatic Mahjong Tables different?

The difference is in the parts used by manufactures. Some will use motors which have aluminum winding instead of copper winding’s. This can have an effect on the longevity of the motor. Using the aluminum wired motors will save cost as aluminum cost less than copper. I have also found less winding on the motors. This is another way the motor manufactures save money in the production. This Leeds to a weaker motor which have a tendency to overheat due to the load of moving the tiles. We also find the same problem with the electrical transformer used to convert the electrical current for the computer board and the motors. The transformer are made with aluminum that has been painted to a copper color. Then there are the light controllers used to count the tiles on their journey to the walls. All manufactures say they use imported light controllers as a way to insure customers of the quality found outside. The reality is they use the cheapest light controller available.

Next, lets examine the computer boards which are the brains of the automatic mahjong tables. Currently there are just a hand few computer boards manufactures left to buy from. Many have gone out of business. When manufactured, the chips are programed with the same repeated programing. So if the programing was incorrect to begin with, then all boards printed will have have the same problem. This could mean thousands of boards will have errors. Trust me when I say nothing is thrown away or re-introduce for correction. They will be used as is. I personally know of a giant in this field that has almost disappeared, due to quality issues and for following the “unlimited prospective customers” philosophy”.

Next lets consider the inferior metals mixed with lower cost metals which can rust and the inferior plastics used for the plastic parts which can easily break due to stress and finally lets considered the production line. If the workers are well trained or are they just a body? What about quality control? Are there quality control plans in place? These are problems consumers do not know of or see, but each one has to do with the quality of the product you are investing your hard earned money. Many companies have eliminated their quality control departments as a cost savings move. If you are willing to invest$1000 on an Automatic Mahjong Machine then quality should be the priority when purchasing. You work hard for your money , you deserve the best.

In my next YouTube video I will show you the different inferior parts used by some companies. My YouTube video can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/user/chasve1

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2017 News Letter – Automatic Mahjong Table

2017 News Letter – Automatic Mahjong Table

2017 News Letter – Automatic Mahjong Table
2017 has been a great year for the Mahjong industry. We have experienced an increase in sales in all sections of the Automatic Mahjong Table market. Including the American Mah Jongg Table, Japanese Mahjong Table as well as Chinese Mahjong Table. We have also experienced an explosion of re-sellers on the internet.
As always I caution buyers to please do your research. Make sure you are buying from a reputable/knowledgeable  re-seller. An automatic Mahjong Table is not an item that you can simply buy. An Automatic Mahjong Table is a combination of an electronic/mechanical machine such as an automobile. Many re-sellers do not have the knowledge or the technical know how should you require help. I also encourage new buyers to research replacement warranty. Versatile Machinery USA LLC will replace your machine in the first year should you have a problem with your Automatic Mahjong Machine if they can not help you with over the phone or using a video program such as Skype, or Face Time.

And for those of you who are thinking of buying directly from China. Don’t waste your time and money. Why would you buy directly from China when you can purchase here in the USA for the same cost or less? Also, if you ever have a problem or dispute here in the USA you have an arsenal of government agencies to assist you. Who will you call in China? When you purchase in China you are on your own. By purchasing in the USA there is accountability and you help create jobs here in the USA.
I will keep the focus on the new designs. Please check our YouTube channel for the latest technology and new models. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMT6s7g-k-8&t=31s
We have also introduced a line of Automatic Dominoes Tables that can play double six as well as double nine.

October 2017

Versatile Machinery USA LLC. Our mission is to manufacture high quality products. We will never sacrifice quality in the interest of profit. We will manufacture and cater to the high-end market only.

Chinese Majiang Table

As more Chinese immigrate to the USA the Automatic Mahjong Table becomes more popular. As I wrote in my previous articles, Automatic Mahjong Tables are as popular in China as Televisions are in the United Sates. Just about every home has one. Even in the rural villages if there is electricity they have one. Our new Versatile Machinery Chinese Automatic Mahjong Table has the latest features available and the latest technology available today. As the year progresses we will upload to our YouTube channel a demonstration as well as the latest features available. Check our YouTube channel under chasve1 for the newest Chinese Automatic Mahjong Table.

American Mah jongg Table

Versatile Machinery USA LLC is currently the only company manufacturing an American Automatic Mah Jongg table exclusively for the American Mah Jongg player. The versatile Machinery American Mah Jongg Table is the only Mah jongg table available today that uses the smaller tiles that American players are accustomed to playing with. The new 2017/18 American Mah Jong Table is now available with a wider playing surface. This allows the tile racks and pushers to fit more comfortable on the playing surface.
The new model now has 32 inches of playing surface instead of the approximately 30 inches in the 2015/16 model.
It also comes with the standard up and down control center which has a digital tile counter. The digital counter displays the quantity of tiles that have been processed and sent to the walls by the sorting computerized system. It also has 4 dice buttons, one for each player to use. The dice buttons also have a small LED light which records the first player to use the dice. This allows players to track who went first North, South, East, and West. No need to guess whose turn is next or which direction the game will start.
New wooden table models are now available. The new upgraded models are scheduled to be rolled out in August 2017. A new VMAMT-W7 which is part of our high-end models made for homes where aesthetics is a high priority. These tables can blend in with the best of the high-end furniture found in many American homes.
The VMAMT-W10 which is part of our White House Collection series is a favorite of luxury Hotels where absolute luxury is required in executive suites catering to high end guests. The VMAMT-W10 delivers the “Wow” factor that is now expected and became the normal of the hospitality industry. The VMAMT-W10 is now available for players who play American, Chinese and Japanese style of Mahjong. Unfortunately, only a limited quantity will be available in 2017/18. Call to reserve one.

Japanese little sparrow Mahjong Table 麻雀卓

Our new Japanese Automatic Mahjong Table is now available with a larger playing surface. It now has a 32-inch playing surface instead of a 30-inch surface.
A larger paying surface has been requested by American Japanese Mahjong players. The 2 inches really make a difference while playing the game for American players. A new dark green water resistance surface is now standard with the new model.
In Japan, the players seem to prefer the smaller table as well as smaller tiles.

The Japanese model is only available with the standard up and down control center which has a digital tile counter. The digital counter displays the quantity of tiles that have been processed and sent to the walls by the sorting computerized system. It also has 4 dice buttons, one for each player to use that have an LED that records the first one to use the dice button. This helps with determining the direction of the game such as North, South, East, and West.

The Japanese Mahjong Table is available with 33 mm tiles which include red”5s”. It is also available in all our wooden models.
All our Automatic Mahjong Tables come with our 1-year limited replacement warranty. If we are unable to help you over the telephone or using a video program such as iPhone Face Time or Skype. We will replace it at no charge with a new machine. (Manufacture defects only)
We can offer this warranty because we are confident in the quality of our products. All our machines undergo through our stringent in-house quality assured program. Our own version of the “Six Sigma” program used in manufacturing.

 

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New designs on Automatic Mahjong Tables

2016 new designs on Automatic Mahjong Tables

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2016 brings new designs on Automatic Mahjong tables. As players in the USA become aware of the new technologies available for Automatic Mahjong tables in the USA, there has been an interest as well as an increase of players. Versatile Machinery USA LLC has been successful in bringing new technologies to different styles of Mahjong players. We have successfully introduced a new model for the American Mah jongg players as well as the Japanese and Chinese players.

American Mah jongg Table

Versatile Machinery USA LLC is currently the only company manufacturing an American Automatic Mah Jongg table exclusively for the American Mah Jongg player. The versatile Machinery American Mah Jongg Table is the only Mah jongg table available today that uses the smaller tiles that American players are accustom to playing with. The new 2016 American Mah Jong Table is now available with a wider playing surface. This allows the tile racks and pushers to fit more comfortable on the playing surface.

The new model now has 32 inches of playing surface instead of the approximately 30 inches in the 2015 model.

It also comes with the standard up and down control center which has a digital tile counter. The digital counter displays the quantity of tiles that have been processed and sent to the walls by the sorting computerized system. It also has 4 dice buttons, one for each player to use. The dice buttons also have a small LED light which records the first player to use the dice. This allows players to track who went first North, South, East, and West. No need to guess whose turn is next or which direction the game will start.

New wooden table models are now available.  The new VMAMT-W9 and VMMT-W-10 is our high end model made for homes where aesthetics are a high priority. These tables can blend in with the best of the high-end furniture found in many American homes. The VMAMT-W10 which is part of our White House Collection series is a favorite of luxury Hotels where absolute luxury is required in executive suites catering to high end guests. The VMAMT-W10 delivers the “Wow” factor that is now expected and become the normal of the hospitality industry. The VMAMT-W10 is now available for players who play American, Chinese and Japanese style of Mahjong.

Chinese Majiang Table 将桌

Chinese Majiang has become more popular in the USA. As its growth continues to set high records, players are also setting higher expectations on the quality as well as technology.

Versatile Machinery USA LLC is at the forefront bringing the latest technology demanded by today’s players. Our Chinese Automatic Majiang Table (Mahjong) has also been adapted by hotel chains that cater to the flood of Asian tourist that have been visiting Europe as well as the United States. Having an Automatic Mahjong Table available for Asian guest has certainly been an advantage in the ever competing hotel industry.  Many guests enjoy an evening of playing Mahjong in their guest room after a long day of sightseeing or long business meetings. There is nothing better than unwinding after a stressful day by playing Automatic Mahjong with friends and family members.

The new Chinese Mahjong tables are now built with more interior padding and a thicker felt playing surface. The new machine is built to last many years without service.

Our tables use the best parts and technology available today. This combined with our in-house quality assurance program make it the most sort after Automatic Mahjong table in the industry. It comes with our 1-year replacement warranty. If we are unable to help you with telephone support on manufacture defects we will replace it with a new machine. This backs our claim that we are committed to providing the absolute best Automatic Mahjong Table in the industry.

Japanese little sparrow Mahjong Table 麻雀卓

Our new Japanese Automatic Mahjong Table is now available with a larger playing surface. It now has a 32-inch playing surface instead of a 30-inch surface.

A larger paying surface has been requested by American Japanese Mahjong players. The 2 inches really make a difference while playing the game for American players.

In Japan, the players seem to prefer the smaller table as well as smaller tiles. The larger butterfly control center facilitates in dropping the tiles into the shuffling well where the tiles are sorted out and sent to the walls.

The Japanese model is also available with the standard up and down control center which has a digital tile counter. The digital counter displays the quantity of tiles that have been processed and sent to the walls by the sorting computerized system. It also has 4 dice buttons, one for each player to use that have an LED that records the first one to use the dice button. This helps with determining the direction of the game such as North, South, East, and West.

The Japanese Mahjong Table is available with 2.8 mm or 3.3 mm tiles. It is also available in all of our wooden models.

All of our Automatic Mahjong Tables come with our 1-year limited replacement warranty. If we are unable to help you over the telephone or using a video program such as iPhone FaceTime or skype. We will replace it at no charge with a new machine. (Manufacture defects only)

We can offer this warranty because we are confident in the quality of our products. All of our machines undergo through our stringent in-house quality assured program.

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Automatic Mah jongg Tables in the USA part 2

Automatic Mahjong Tables in the USA part 2

A lot has changed since I wrote part one. Our company Versatile Machinery USA LLC has manufactured two new Mahjong tables. One is our new American Mah Jongg Table, manufactured for the American Mah Jongg player. This table uses the smaller tiles that American Mah Jong players use every day at home or in tournaments. This is the first time an Automatic Mah Jongg Table has been created for the American player. Historically, Automatic Mahjong Tables have always been manufactured for the Asian player.

Our new Automatic Mah Jongg Table was released for sale in the USA in June of 2013. It comes with smaller tiles and a new digital control center that counts the tiles as the walls are being built.

This model has been successfully accepted by the American Mah Jong player. As the news of this table has spread through the social networks as well as word of mouth, sales continue to increase. The new technology combined with our guarantee/warranty has helped the American Mah Jongg community to embrace the future of the game. Not to mention our superb customer service as well as the testimonial of our customers.

We now offer the American Automatic Mah Jongg Table with the choice of 3 sizes of tiles.  The table size depends on the size of the tiles, the bigger the tile size the larger the table.

Our second new release is the Japanese Automatic Mahjong Table with the butterfly control center. This new cutting edge technology makes playing the game as exciting as it gets. This new technology gives credence to the authenticity of playing Mahjong the Japanese way.  We were the first and only company at the time of this article being published to make a Japanese Automatic Table with the butterfly technology. Ever since our release in 2013, I have seen several Chinese Automatic Mahjong Tables being advertised with the butterfly technology, but none specifically designed for the Japanese player in the USA.

The Japanese Automatic Table has also been a hit with the Japanese players in the USA. As you search online you will find many customers who have purchased our tables leaving great feedback on the many websites used by our customers.

The new technology combined with our fundamental core values and our commitment to the game of Mahjong, has elevated the game to a new popularity not seen in the USA in quite some time.

There are many benefits to playing Mahjong as outlined on http://www.ehow.com/list_6780338_benefits-mahjong_.html  and the BBC webpage http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/memory/no_flash_questions.shtml as well as many other websites. It is a game where people of all ages including children can benefit. It helps build cognitive skills. It is a great way of spending quality time with friends and family members. I enjoy it the most when we have family members over for the holidays and play on our Automatic Mahjong table.

As we continue to stabilize the cost of owning an Automatic Mahjong Table, there is no question the Automatic Mahjong Table will continue to become very popular in the USA.

Some say it is quite expensive to purchase one. My answer to them is “you worked hard for your money, you deserve the best”

There is no greater pleasure than spending quality time with friends and family members. Quality time with close friends and family members is priceless.

Our mission is to reverse the erosion of quality time with family members and to provide an alternative than to simply being connected to family members by the way of social media.

Some of my best memories growing up were the time we spent playing all different kinds of board games.  When family members visited us for the holidays we would spend hours playing games.

 

 

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Automatic Mahjong Tables in the USA

The Automatic Mahjong Table in Asia is as common as a TV or computer is in the USA. In Asia, it can be found even in the most remote rural areas of the country side. If there is electricity you will find an Automatic Mahjong Table.

The Automatic Mahjong table was first introduced in Japan and the technology quickly spread throughout Asia. Today it is the preferred way to play Mahjong in Asia.

In the USA American Mah jongg is played manually on a table. The Automatic Mah jongg Table is slowly replacing the manual version of the game. As the technology catches on and American Mah jongg player embraces the technology we will see an increase in the Automatic Mahjong Tables in the home, at clubs as well as in tournaments.

If the trend in third world countries has been a shift from manual to Automatic Mahjong Tables, imagine what will the future bring in a country like the technology capital of the world the USA.  Automatic Mahjong Tables have always been very popular in the USA with the Asian players. Until now due to Versatile Machinery USA LLC bringing the Automatic Mahjong table to the USA market. Versatile Machinery USA LLC also sell Automatic Mahjong Tables in China.

One of the reasons why the slow acceptance by the American Mah jongg player is due to the sizes of the Automatic Mahjong Tiles. American players are used to the smallar tiles and since all of the Automatic Mahjong Tables are manufactured for the Asian Mahjong player the tiles sizes are very large.

We find the most common size in Asia is 40mm tiles (1.5 inches by 1 1/8). It is interesting how the birth place of Mahjong has made the transition from 28mm to 40mm tiles. Which is the most common size in China. In Japan the tiles are even smallar than the USA.

In the USA American Mah jongg is played with 28mm tiles about half the size of the tiles used in many Asian countries. As American Mah jongg tiles become smaller (currently 36mm) we will see an increase in the Automatic Mah jongg Table in the USA.

As one examines the vintage sets of the 1920’s when Mahjong was first imported into the USA you will see the sizes of the tiles are of the 28mm size. This can be explained by the manufacturing trends in China during the 1920s as well as the cost for the export of the tiles. Smaller tiles mean less materials and equal lower import cost. The smallar the tile the less it weights. But what if Mahjong tiles were manufactured in a larger size during the 1920s what would be the popular size today? Is tile size so important today because of the way they were first introduced in the USA or is it tradition? Or is it a personal preference?

Does tile size really matter? Or is playing the game more important?

 

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Are All Automatic Mahjong Tables The same?

Are all Automatic Mahjong Tables the same?

I have been asked this question countless times. Even though all Automatic Mahjong Tables are designed to perform the same task of building walls there are many differences. In this article I will try to outline the differences and hopefully enable you to make a good choice when purchasing an Automatic Mahjong Table.

First the most important thing of any consumer product you purchase is to make sure the product will be supported by the manufacture or agent/distributor. Without support the product is only as good until the product breaks down. Are parts available? Are parts available in the USA? Does the company have a good reputation? Are referrals available? These are questions that you should ask before buying. I receive many inquiries from many consumers who have purchased Automatic Mahjong Tables directly from China asking if I have parts available or if I am able to assist them with repairs. As difficult as this can be, most of the time I am unable to help them.

Every manufacture of Automatic Mahjong Tables uses similar but different parts. Most manufactures just assemble the Automatic Mahjong Tables. They purchase parts from different factories and assemble. Some purchase broken machines from the larger assemblers at a great discount and repair them. These are the majority of the machines that are exported to the USA. That is why most of the direct buyers from China are dissatisfied with what they receive, most of the time they receive a broken or a refurbished Automatic Mahjong Table.

One important thing to remember when doing business in China is that once a seller receives your money they will never under any circumstances refund your money. This is one of the difficulties in doing business in China.  Even meals in restaurants cannot be returned. Once you order you will need to pay, even if the food was not prepared properly or tasted terrible.

Another thing to consider is if the manufacture is ISO certified (http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_9000_essentials) or follows any of the six sigma practices. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Six_Sigma). Which most of the Automatic Mahjong manufactures do not follow. Quality control and quality assurance practices are the most important thing in making a great product. Unfortunately as we all know from personal experience, this is not common for goods made in China. This is why the Automatic Mahjong Table should be quality checked before shipping locally in the USA to avoid disappointment to the end user.

Does the Automatic Mahjong Table have one port or four ports for distributing tiles? The more ports the faster the Automatic Mahjong Table. This means the walls get built faster.

Other important things to consider Is, was it designed as a 110/120 volt/60 hertz machine to work in the USA or was it designed to work in China or Europe where the voltage is 220volt/50 hertz. Some sellers will just add a step down transformer from 220volts to 110v0lts and change the power cord. These machines will still work in the USA; they will be just a little slower. Parts for these machines will also be more difficult to find in the USA if available at all.

There are Automatic Mahjong Tables that are very versatile in design with many optional game tiles. Some can even play up to 40 different styles of Mahjong for example American 152 tiles, Chinese 144 tiles, Japanese 136 etc. Some can even be programed to play dominoes, poker or any card game that uses a standard deck of cards. Some Automatic Mahjong Tables come in a folding model, which makes them perfect for home owners or apartment dwellers who have limited space. Some even come with wheels.

Then there are the wood covers that can turn an Automatic Mahjong Table into an all-purpose table. Some wooden covers even come with an international chess/checker board.

Some Automatic Mahjong Tables are made of fine quality furniture which will blend in nicely with most home decors. They come in different finishes to suit different buyers.

Automatic Mahjong Tables are the future of Mahjong. In China as well of most of Asia, you will find an Automatic Mahjong Table where ever there is electricity to power it. Even in the most remote villages, if there is electricity you will find an Automatic Mahjong Table.  I am sure the game of Mahjong in the USA will slowly transform from a manual playing game to an Automatic Mahjong Table.

Please read Are Automatic Mahjong Tables the same Part 2 https://www.versatilemachinery.com/automatic-mahjong-tables-part-2/