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Because of the BNR’s modular architecture and robust design, it is used in many industries.
In retail, the BNR is used as a cash recycler for:
  • self check out systems
  • attended lanes
  • unattended kiosks
In transportation, the BNR operates indoors and outside in:
  • ticket vending machines (TVMs)
  • parking terminals
In cash security or financial services, the BNR is used as:
  • a secure cash deposit and ATM terminal
  • part of a bill payment system
  • small scale banking teller assist systems
In the gaming, casino, and amusement with prize (AWP) markets, the BNR improves efficiency in bill breaker and redemption terminals.
The average BNR customer experiences an ROI of less than one year. Click here to find the ROI of your application.
BNR equipped machines also extend the time between machine interventions and require less cash than traditional accept/dispense systems, making it the perfect solution for unattended payment applications. Click here to learn more.
The loader holds 250 notes, the cashbox holds 600 notes and each recycler contains a 30 note recycler and a 60 note recycler. Studies have shown that a 600 note BNR cashbox is equivalent to a 2200 note cashbox in a SCO accept dispense model. Click here for more information.
The BNR communicates to the host machine through a USB connection via XFS messages  MEI provides four API options for BNR integration: Win32, .NET, Linux or Java.  Currently, 27 different country currencies are support by the BNR. MEI continues to expand the available note sets. To find out which country the BNR already supports or to request the development of a new noteset, please contact us.
Neither EBDS nor DIN 66348 support recycling commands and there was no obvious way to do so. MEI chose to use an industry standard protocol with a developed cash-recycling vocabulary.
MEI offers the BNR FlashTool. This tool enables the user to update the firmware, billset, configuration settings. This process can be set up to run remotely.
The denominations of notes recycled are customizable to the customer’s needs.  Depending on the application, the best configuration may be to set multiple recyclers to the same denomination.
In general the BNR requires a 24V 10A power supply. See the BNR Specifications on the BNR data sheet.
Click here to see a line drawing of the BNR and its shipping weight. For more information, see the Understanding the BNR page.
The BNR can calculate change in one of three configurable ways. The default option, called “Best Change” calculates change in a means that provides the least amount of bills back to the customer. The second option, called “Optimized Change” calculates which notes to provide to the customer in a way that will extend the time between required interventions. Finally, the host machine can tell the BNR what bills to dispense without the use of change algorithms.
The integration process is dependent on the complexity of the application and the amount of control the host machine maintains over the cash recycling process, but on average this is a 3 to 9 month process. MEI provides integration best practices and coding shortcuts to simplify the integration.
unpackassembleAll BNR cash modules are locked into the BNR chassis via the interlock module. To understand how to install the Main Module onto the chassis and install or remove the cash modules watch: BNR Training Video Unpacking and Assembly. For further information, refer to the BNR Users guide.
loaderThe loader should be loaded with a stack of up to 250 quality bills that are free from tears, folds and foreighn objects. For detailed loader use instructions, please watch the BNR training video on Loader use.
ledoverviewThe BNR LEDs are used to communicate codes to the operator. There are a variety of LED color and signal combinations that refer to specific messages about the BNR’s functionality. For detailed information on BNR LEDs, refer to the BNR training video that discusses the LED. Also refer to the LED chart in the BNR user guide.
The BNR has built in logic that controls when and how many notes are moved from the loader to the recycler(s). A user configuration parameter sets the recycler’s “low threshold” limit, or the minimum amount of bills stored on the recycler before a re-load is required.   Any time the low threshold limit is reached, the loader will send notes to the recycler to ensure cash is always available for change.  This includes after a BNR reset or after dispensing from the recycler. The loader is designed to store notes until they are needed, so the BNR can operate longer.
billjamThe BNR has an easy to access bill path that can provide access to most bill jams without providing access to the BNR’s stores of notes.  To learn how to clear these jams, watch the BNR training video on jam clearing.
performancedeclineA sudden drop in performance could be caused by dirt, dust or debris in the BNR.  The operator can follow simple cleaning procedures outlined in the user guide using canned air and alcohol swabs. Refer to the BNR training video on how to properly clean and maintain the product.
BNR is serviced through Authorized Service Centers (ASCs). Its modular design allows you to replace the broken module instead of the whole unit. If you need service that is not covered in the BNR user guide, please call your host machine technical support. To find an ASC, contact us.
The BNR has built in memory to identify up to 60 different banknote ‘types’.  It is important to understand, that every new release of a currency from the central bank has different security features and is treated as a different type by the BNR. For example, there are currently 3 types of the $100 bill in circulation based on bank releases from 1991, 1996 and 2010.  The BNR can be loaded with mixes of bank notes from multiple countries up to its memory limit.
When the BNR detects that a non-recycled note has been extracted from the loader, the BNR will automatically route the non-recycled note from the loader to the cashbox.
JXFS (Java eXtensions for Financial Services) is a standard that specifically addresses bank-note recycling. It also has a core kernel that can interface and control a variety of financial service devices.

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