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Issue Date: Vol. 48, No. 9, September 2008, Posted On: 8/28/2008

USAT Releases Low-Cost, Next Generation EnergyMiser

Emily Jed

MALVERN, PA — USA Technologies has launched the next generation VM2iQ EnergyMiser, said to provide improved customer benefits at a lower price.

The new VM2iQ was designed in response to growing customer demand. It incorporates the same intelligent technology as its predecessor, and also installs inside the vending machine to control the cooling system, allowing the lighting and controller electronics to stay on while the machine is in energy-savings mode.

A distinctive upgrade to the new-generation VM2iQ is that it is now RoHs-compliant. “Restriction of hazardous substances” curtails the use of toxic materials in electronic products in an effort to reduce the stream of hazardous waste sent to landfills. A growing list of U.S. states are proposing mandates for the use of RoHs-compliant products. This also meets an EU Market directive that bans the use in Europe of new electrical and electronic equipment containing more than agreed-upon levels of certain hazardous substances.

USAT has reduced the cost of manufacturing the new VM2iQ technology, enabling the company to lower the price and improve return on investment for its customers. The new VM2iQ has an ROI that in most cases is less than nine months, according to the company.

Officials reported that EnergyMiser sales are trending approximately 35% higher than last year, with the biggest increases in the next-generation VendingMiser VM2iQ, of which sales have more than doubled.

USA Technologies already includes among its EnergyMiser customers global bottling companies, America’s military bases and national parks, Fortune 500 companies and many of America’s biggest supermarket chains. It also includes major schools, school districts and communities.

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