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Issue Date: Vol. 50, No. 6, June 2010, Posted On: 5/11/2010

Northwestern Debuts Side-By-Side Coin Mech For Model 60 Bulk Vender

Hank Schlesinger
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MORRIS, IL -- The Northwestern Corp. has introduced a side-by-side coin mech for its popular Model 60 bulk vender. The retrofittable mech enables operators to easily convert the traditional 25¢ vender into a 50¢ unit.

Company officials explained that the new 50¢ mech eliminates the patron confusion that may accompany a "back-to-back quarter" configuration. This was no small matter, explained Northwestern's Richard Bolen, who designed the mech.

According to Bolen, young consumers were often perplexed by the back-to-back mechanism, regardless of accompanying informational signage. "With the new Model 60 mech you don't have any of the confusion or difficulty of getting two quarters into the narrow opening that you had with the back-to-back mechs," Bolen said. "The side-by-side mech is more intuitive."

Because the Model 60 has a narrow profile, engineering a side-by-side coin mech for the vender required new mechanical components. The patent-pending makeover features what Bolen calls a "reverse hub" that rests on the exterior of the vender, a new coin pawl and elevated-ratcheting configuration. Die cast from the same sturdy zinc-aluminum alloy used for other Northwestern coin mechs, the new design also affords increased security against slugs.

Founded in 1909, Northwestern has built a worldwide reputation for attractive, durable and reliable vending equipment and accessories. Information may be had by calling the company at (800) 942-1316.

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