Accept it, your customers’ notes are less than perfect

Take a look inside your wallet.  More than likely, your cash has been folded, creased, dirtied and possibly torn.  Perhaps it’s been run through the wash several times – it could even still be wet from the last mishap!

A pristine bank note is a novel thing, indeed – so don’t you think your note acceptors should take the well-circulated cash people actually carry around?

Exceptional note acceptance is essential to profitability and reputation.  High acceptance builds trust and expands throughput so customers are confident not only to play but also to come back again later.  But how exactly are acceptance rates figured?  Currently, there is no industry standard of measurement, and there can be many independent variables at play behind the numbers.

This is why MEI looks at acceptance through the eyes of an operator.  All MEI note acceptors are tested under realistic conditions to deliver industry-leading rates without sacrificing security measures.  SC Advance, for example, has the industry’s best first-time acceptance rate for valid street-grade notes – including those that are wet, crinkled or torn.  

SC Advance has full control of the note from the moment it leaves the player’s hand until it is stacked.  Refined plastic molding techniques prevent obstructive flaws along the note path, and a corrective transport system minimizes skew and offset in the acceptor head to prevent jams and unnecessary rejections.

Sophisticated recognition technology provides unparalleled security to validate a note’s authenticity, even if it is not entirely intact.  Instead of just looking at the note’s physical image, SC Advance performs a full spectral analysis, engaging transmissive sensors to look all the way through the note in multiple wavelengths.   The currency is denominated through pattern recognition and then validated using multi-variate statistics to identify key security signatures.

Based on the winning CASHFLOW SC note acceptor, which achieved a global-installed base of more than 1.3 million units, SC Advance offers a number of enhancements in addition to best street-grade note acceptance.  It also features faster bill-to-bill speed, improved barcode recognition and the increased capacity to accept up to 100 different currencies and denominations.

Because enhancements are localized to the acceptor head, SC Advance can easily upgrade legacy CASHFLOW SC units so MEI customers can yield the most value from their previous investments.  Thanks to its ability to work simultaneously with an existing CASHFLOW SC field base, operators have the luxury of updating the slot floor at their own pace as capital becomes available.  Intelligent support tools will sense the product version and run the appropriate software.

MEI takes great care to provide well-rounded products that shine in all areas essential to success within the industry – acceptance, jam rate, security and cost of operation.   The ability of SC Advance to perform in the real world using the cash your customers have on hand is just one of the many ways it delivers value and a fast return on investment to operators.

About MEI: MEI systems are relied upon for more than two billion transactions per week in over 100 countries.  The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s followed by the first electronic non-contact bill acceptor, and more recently the EASITRAX Soft Count slot tracking system.  MEI has the largest worldwide installed base of unattended payment mechanisms.  Recently, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than five million bill acceptors and six million coin mechanisms worldwide.  Its products are in widespread use in the gaming, vending, soft drink, amusement, transportation, retail, and kiosk markets.  For more information on MEI and its products, visit or call 1-800-345-8215 in US (please refer to our website for international telephone numbers).