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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.5, May 2009, Posted On: 5/6/2009

Coin Acceptors Introduces Two Vantage Models At Spring Expo

Tim Sanford
Coin Accepters, Coinco, Vantage, bill validator, acceptor, money handling, coin mechanism, payment system, cashless, credit card reader, unattended payment, vending, vending machine, coin-op, coin-operated, automatic retailing, self-service

LAS VEGAS -- Coin Acceptors continues to widen its new Vantage line of bill validators, introducing two additional models at the National Automatic Merchandising Association Spring Expo here. Originally introduced in 2007 for the amusement industry, Vantage made its vending debut at last year's NAMA National Expo (see VT, October 2008), during which Coin Acceptors marked its 50th anniversary.

New at the Spring Expo were the Vantage VR6, featuring a bill recycler, and the VC6, equipped with a card reader. Both feature Coinco's Smart Bezel, which indicates acceptance to the patron in real time.

The VR6 incorporates a recycling module that pays back $1 notes as change for $5s. Featuring a pressurized drive roller that extracts the bill (no tape and reel), the recycler features a quick-release bezel that facilitates installation and removal, even where space is tight. It can be forward-fitted quickly to a base Vantage bill acceptor without tools. The VR6 also can be adapted readily for card acceptance, if desired.

HAVE IT YOUR WAY: Coin Acceptors' Bill Johnson (left) and Tom Paczkowski show off two models of the versatile new Vantage validator at National Automatic Merchandising Association Spring Expo. Johnson is holding a VR6 bill recycler; Paczkowski has a VC6 combination bill and credit/debit card reader...

Bill recycling capability reduces demand on the changer, minimizing "coin starvation" and reducing the amount of cash stored in the changer. Cashbox bills, paid back as change, can capture incremental sales.

The VC6 features an intuitive self-cleaning vertical card swipe, for reliable transactions, and illuminated inputs for both card and bill paths. Card swipe and cancel-credit functions are signaled by audible feedback.

Vantage validators accommodate Coinco's FlexStack bill box, which can expand to hold up to 500 banknotes when desired to increase the interval between machine visits. Flash-programmable memory simplifies upgrades for currency redesigns and future feature additions, and a "field teach" mode simplifies the addition of coupon acceptance. They are MDB-compliant.

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