From 2004 to 2011, Standard used the Pyramid Technologies APEX 5400 Series bill acceptor for U.S. ($1 through $20) currency acceptance. As of 2011, The Coinco Vantage has been the default bill acceptor for both U.S. and Canadian ($5 through $20) currency. If the order does not specify a bill acceptor preference, we will supply the Coinco Vantage for any "MC" designated model number. For models beginning with "BCX" or "BX", the MEI ("Mars") AE2600 Series bill acceptor is the default for both U.S. and Canadian currencies.
Bill Acceptors used in Modular Series Change Machines
We often refer to these as "OEM Bill Acceptors", because we purchase them from the manufacturers for use in our machines. We do not have any software or firmware control over these products.
The "Fast Vend" setting allows the machine owner to select a maximum number for each bill denomination to be accepted within a certain time period. If bills accepted exceeds the owner's selected amount, the machine will automatically shut down. This feature is designed to limit the potential loss of revenue due to counterfeiting or stringing theft that the acceptor was unable to detect.
For example, the Fast Vend default setting for $20 bills is five $20 bills within a 15 minute period. If the machine validates five (5) $20 bills in a 15 minute period throughout the day, it will shut-down for 15 minutes. Owners can modify either the number of bills validated or the period of time in order to better suit the traffic patterns of their businesss. The Modular Series Owner's Manual will step you through the programming steps for your particular model.
The Expanded Function Module(or EF Module), is an optional feature in most Modular Series change machines that allows the owner to program certain configuration features, read stored diagnostic reports and read audit reports on the LCD display. Similar in concept to the hand-held data terminal used in the System 600 series machines, the EF Module also has the drivers for the optional Portable Audit Printer, and some other special features available in the MC series. For more information on the EF Module, refer to the Owner's Manual in the MANUALS section.
The EF+ Expanded Function Module, is an optional feature in most Modular Series change machines that allows the owner to program certain configuration features, read stored diagnostic reports and read audit reports on the LCD display. Similar in concept to the hand-held data terminal used in the System 600 series machines, the EF Module also has the drivers for the optional Portable Audit Printer, and some other special features available in the MC series.
Th EF+ Module has an Ethernet connnection that allows owners to hardwire the device into their store's network router using an Ethernet cable. Once connected and set-up, owners will be able to send alert and alarm texts/emails to up to five different email or phone accounts. The EF+ can send daily, weekly, monthly audit reports at pre-programmed times, and can send texts when certain out of service or alarms are triggered. When an owner replenishes a hopper, they will be able to enter a starting value and set a low-level alert - and when the hopper level is reached, the EF+ will send an alert email or text meassage.
For more information on the EF+ Module, contact your Standard Change-Makers Sales Rep or call the Service Dept. at 1-800-968-6955.
"Make Best Change" is the default feature in our software for all change machines. In essence, it uses currency tables to allow the machine to dispense the proper change for the denomination accepted. If a machine is purchased with $1 Coin and Quarter hoppers, in our 'simple-function' software (a machine without an EF Module) we have to tell the machine to force vend a certain number of the highest value coins first, in this case it would be $1 coins. Then, the machine would take the remaining value and 'make best change' with the next available value coin, in this case quarters.
For example, you have a two hopper Model MC200 with (1) $1 coin hopper and (1) quarter hopper, and a customer puts a $5 bill in the bill acceptor. The owner wants to dispense (3) $1 coins on a $5 bill acceptance. Our programming would 'force vend' three $1 coins, leaving $2 in additional change to satisfy the vend. The 'Make Best Change' function would then signal the second hopper to dispense eight quarters to complete the vend. Further, if the quarter hopper was out of service or empty, the "Make Best Change" feature would have completed the vend by dispensing five $1 coins - because the $1 coin hopper was the only dispenser available to satisfy the vend.
We think you'll agree that the many variations can be complicated, and that's why we say, "Don't let the term simple-function fool you!" The software in our change machines has many functions and features to allow us to troubleshoot and diagnose problems, and also to help prevent fraud and vandalism in your change machine.
When calling Standard Change-Makers' Service Dept., it is always advisable to have the following information about your change machine:
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