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Carnation CR3 Mixed Bill Counter Video Demo

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Carnation CR3Bill counters are useful tools for any business or organization that handles or counts bills on a regular basis. One thing people don’t realize is that bill counters and mixed bill counters (found here) are very different in functionality. One type of machine only provides you with a total quantity, where the other provides you with a total value. I would like to show you one of our most popular mixed bill counters, the Carnation CR3 (found here).

As mentioned earlier, bill counters provide you with a total number of bills counted. This means if you put in 125 bills, it will tell you 125 on the screen. No value will be given. If you need the value of the bill, you need what’s known as a mixed bill counter (aka currency discriminator). These machines can provide you with the total quantity, but will also provide you with the total value, often including how many of each type of bill are in the stack.

The Carnation CR3 is by far one of our most popular mixed bill counters. This is because it is extremely accurate and affordable (considering what it does). This mixed bill counter operates much like a standard bill counter. It has a feed hopper and a stacker. You put the bills in the top of the machine and they come out the bottom. The CR3 counts bills at a speed of 500 to 1,100 per minute (variable speed).

Here is a video of the Carnation CR3 in use:

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You’ll notice that the $5,000 in cash is counted multiple times. This is to prove just how accurate it is. This bill counter won’t flub up the numbers or provide slightly different results. It is extremely accurate, which is what you need in a business that handles a lot of money.

This video goes into even more detail as to the functions you’ll find in the mixed bill counter:

The CR3 includes many features you find in a standard bill counter. This includes the ability to batch count, add and more. It can even be set up to help sort the bills. This is done by the operator specifying the desired denominational value. The machine will stop when a different denomination is detected.

Who uses this bill counter? We have customers from banks, credit unions, casinos, schools, restaurants and other organizations that regularly handle money.

While the functionality and accuracy are amazing, I also really like the fact that this machine incorporates counterfeit detection into the counting process. The CR3 uses UV (ultraviolet), MG (magnetic) and IR (infrared) detection. This means the bills are scanned while the bills are counted. If a counterfeit banknote is detected, the machine will automatically stop and notify the operator.

Considering what this mixed currency counter does, it is remarkably compact. It even has a built in handle that makes it easy to pick up and move around the office. It weighs in at just over 16 pounds, which is extremely manageable.

I hope you enjoyed these videos. I think they really help convey just how nice this bill counter is. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 1-800-658-8788. You can find our entire selection of bill counters and currency discriminators here.

How to Choose A Bill Counter

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Cassida 5520 Bill CounterBill counters come in all shapes and sizes. They are commonly used by vending machine operators, casinos, banks, credit unions and more. The problem with buying a bill counter is that there are literally dozens of different styles and designs out there. I personally have over a decade of experience with bill counters (found here) and I would like to share some of my experience and advice. Hopefully this will help you make your own decision on choosing the right bill counter.

Before I get too far into this article, I would like to provide you with a basic description on what a bill counter is. A bill counter is a machine designed to take a stack of bills and count them. They will all provide you with a total quantity of bills counted, but they will not all provide you with a total value. These are the four main types of bill counters you will find on the market:

  1. Ribao P-1000 Battery-Powered Bill CounterBattery Powered Bill Counter – When you’re in a remote location, on site or in a place that doesn’t have a standard AC power supply, you need to use a battery powered bill counter. These bill counters usually run on standard batteries or rechargeable batteries. The ABC V-30 (found here) is a good example of a bill counter that runs on AA batteries and the Ribao P-100 (found here) is a good example of a bill counter that includes a 12 volt rechargeable battery. Most battery-powered bill counters also include some sort of AC adapter for use in a standard wall outlet.
  2. Standard Bill Counter – These bill counters make up about 98% of the bill counters out there. These bill counters sit on a desk or table, plug into a wall outlet and count anywhere from 150-300 (depending on the model) bills at a time. These types of bill counters provide you with a total quantity of bills. These counters are usually very fast and range in speed around 1,000 to 1,600 bills per minute.
  3. Ribao SBC-200 Suction-Feed Bill CounterAir Suction Bill Counters – These types of bill counters use air to quickly breeze through a stack of bills, operating differently than your standard bill counter that uses fingers to sift through bills. These models operate at a speed of 100 bills every four seconds and are designed to be used heavily on a daily basis. These can also be used to count banded or unbanded banknotes. The Ribao SBC-100 (found here) is a good example of a floor model and the SBC-200 (found here) is a good example of a tabletop model
  4. Mixed Bill Counter (aka Currency Discriminator) – These are some of the most sophisticated bill counters on the market. This is because they are not only able to provide you with a total quantity of bills counted, but they are also able to provide you with a total dollar value (including mixed bills). Some bill counters, like the Carnation CR3 (found here) are designed to provide you with a combined value, where others, like the Ribao DCJ-280 (found here), feature a two pocket design for sorting purposes as well.

Here is a video demonstration of a bill counter in use:

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Features Found In Most Bill Counters:

  • Batch Counting – This allows the operator to determine how many bills to be counted at a time. If you set it to 20, the bill counter will count 20 bills, stop and wait until the bills are removed before counting an additional 20 bills.
  • Adding Mode – This allows you to keep adding up bills even when feeding in multiple stacks, providing you with a total quantity.
  • Add+Batch – This feature lets you continually add while batch counting at the same time.
  • Double Note Detection – This feature lets you know when two bills have accidentally been run through the machine, alerting the operator to the error.
  • Half Note Detection – This feature lets you know when a torn or damaged banknote is run through.
  • Size Detection – When enabled, this will let you know when a bill (potentially counterfeit or otherwise) is found to be slightly larger or smaller than it should be.

Optional Features Found In Some Bill Counters

  • Polymer Bill Handling – Some countries now use polymer material, designed to hold up longer than cotton, paper or fabric-based bills. Canada is a prime example of a country that now uses polymer banknotes. We offer several Canadian bill counters designed to handle polymer bills.
  • Counterfeit Detection – If you are concerned about counterfeit bills, consider buying a bill counter with counterfeit detection. The most popular counterfeit methods used in machines today include UV (ultraviolet), MG (magnetic) and IR (infrared). These methods are extremely accurate and will notify the operator (audibly or visually) as to the potential fake bill.
  • Printer – If you need a printout of the counted results, some bill counters can be fitted with printers.

It should be noted that most US based bill counters will still handle currencies from other countries as long as they are made from similar materials and fit within the minimum and maximum specifications of the bill counter. It should also be noted that bill counters can be used to count things such as paper, coupons, tickets and other material. Feel free to send in samples to have them tested ahead of time if you would like to consider using a bill counter with your material. Just call us at 1-800-658-8788 to send something in.

Many people ask which brands are best. While I can’t say for sure which brand is better than another, I can say that we have had great luck with Ribao, Magner, Semacon, Cassida, Carnation and the ABC brand of bill counters.

We have many years experience with bill counters. I have personally handled dozens of different models. If you need additional advice, or have a few questions that need answering, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-658-8788. We would love to help you out. We also have a Service Department here that can help fix, provide parts or repair most bill counters on the market. You can find our entire selection of bill counters here.

Carnation CR3 Mixed Bill Currency Discriminator & Counter Review

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Carnation CR3 Mixed Bill CounterHave you ever wanted a machine that not only counted bills, but also provided you with the total dollar value of the stack? Most money counting machines can’t do this. You usually have to settle with the total number of bills. While this is adequate for most businesses, some need the ability for a machine to count and add mixed bills. One of the best mixed bill counters is the Carnation CR3 (found here).

Many businesses and retail stores deal with cash registers that have pre-sorted drawers for different denominations of bills. In those situations, a standard money counting machine is more than adequate. In those situations, however, where bills are not pre-sorted, trying to determine how much money is at hand can be a task in and of itself. This is where the Carnation CR3 finds its mark. Take your stack of $1, $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 bills and throw them all in the hopper.

The hopper on this machine has a 200-bill capacity. Simply put your bills in, tell the machine what you want done and let it start pulling through the bills. A bright LCD screen on the left side of the machine will then begin to display data from the count with a total piece and a total value. While this counter does a great job of totaling bill amounts, it also isn’t a half bad machine. This machine can be set up for batch counting, adding multiple stacks and much more.

The Carnation CR3 mixed denomination currency value counter is often found in banks, casinos and credit unions. It features a tabletop design, allowing it to be easily placed on any table, desk or counter. The motor itself runs at a fast 500 to 1100 bank notes per minute. In comparison with other “standard” money counters, this is right on par with other machines out there. When compared to other currency discriminators out there, the CR3 is easily one of the most affordably priced.

Not only does it count bills, but it also features counterfeit detection technology. This is a must-have feature for banks, casinos and businesses. As the bills are run through the CR3, it scans them using UV (Ultraviolet), MG (Magnetic) and IR (Infrared) technology. If a fake bill is detected, the Carnation CR3 will immediately stop and notify the operator. This can be a huge money saver and can ultimately save thousands of dollars.

So is this a machine you may want to consider in your own office? If you don’t need the dollar value to be added up, you may want to consider using a standard bill counter. This isn’t because the CR3 is a bad machine, but a standard money counter (which provides total quantity amounts) is a lot less money. If you do need the total value of a stack, this is the best option available and it is literally thousands of dollars less than comparable machines.

Please feel free to call us at 1-800-658-8788 with any money handling questions. You can find our entire selection of money counting machines here.

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