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Issue Date: Vol. 52, No. 7, July 2012, Posted On: 6/28/2012

New Conlux CV1000 Optical Bill Validator Encourages Operator Merchandising

Tim Sanford
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MEI Conlux CV1000

WEST CHESTER, PA -- New from MEI Conlux is the CV1000 bill validator, the next generation in Conlux's long series of banknote recognition systems. It will replace the popular Conlux NBM 3500, introduced in 2010.

The CV1000 is said to be the first Conlux validator to make use only of optical sensors for note validation. Able to accommodate bills inserted in any of four orientations, it can recognize denominations from $1 to $20; Conlux reports that the acceptance rate is 95% or better. Also new are expanded coupon options to support marketing efforts for vending operators.

Other advances include enhanced LED illumination on the bezel to optimize merchandising, as well as optional 300- and 500-note capacities for machines in high-traffic sites. A new bezel design allows the validator to clear the LCD screens that are becoming increasingly prevalent on current vending equipment. And CV1000's chassis, cashbox and labeling aesthetics have been designed to update the image of the brand and its owners.

Continuing a Conlux tradition, field configuration and programming remain simple, the manufacturer reported. Bill denominations are enabled and disabled by pressing a button on the back of the apparatus and inserting a note of the desired value. A "configuration coupon" also can be employed.

Of especial interest to operators is the ability to change the validator's configuration while it is installed, Conlux pointed out. Use of a bill-programming module (BPM) remains standard when it's necessary to reprogram the validator.

"CV1000 beta trial results have been very successful," said Dan Adams, vending applications engineer for MEI Conlux. "Operators I've met in the field are pleased with its flawless performance and features." They've been particularly impressed by their ability to change the validator's configuration without removing it from the machine, he added.

The CV1000 joins Conlux's MCM5 coin changer, a NAMA iSpot gold award-winner, as the second addition to the Conlux portfolio in less than a year.

Orders for the new CV1000, and the MCM5, may be placed with the Wittern Group (Des Moines, IA) by calling (866) 657-7549 or (877) 4CONLUX [426-6589].

Conlux was established in Japan in 1967, and acquired by MEI in 2003.

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