Whether your company is a big organization drawing in thousands of dollars in cash daily or a small team that needs a helping hand, a currency counter could be just the advantage you need to handle cash efficiently and effectively.
A cash counter can make a big difference to operations on any scale. It lets your team quickly and easily tally up cash. The automation of the counting process frees up your team, so they can tend to other tasks. For small teams, that’s good news. Finally, a cash counter improves accuracy, which means your team will spend less time recounting and fixing mistakes.
Of course, these advantages are only available when your machine is in good working order. Taking proper care of your currency counter will help you extend its life and enjoy all the benefits it has to offer longer. Regular cleaning and maintenance will help. Use these tips to get your team started.
Maintaining Your Currency Counter
Even if you’ve used a currency counter before, it’s best to familiarize yourself with new machines. It could have additional features. Newer models may have updated procedures, and different manufacturers may have different set ups. Read the instructions and operate it with care. You’ll have fewer troubles when using your machine the way it’s meant to be used.
Never put foreign objects in the machine. That means checking all bills to ensure that there aren’t any coins, paper clips, hidden staples, or rubber bands attached to them. These items could damage the machine.
When you’re not using your counter, turn it off. This step will prolong its life. Wipe down the feed and output trays, hopper, and stacker after every use with a clean, lint-free, dry cloth. Between uses, keep the machine covered up to prevent dirt and dust from collecting in the parts.
When to Clean Your Device
You should be wiping down your machine after every use for maintenance, but you don’t need to perform a full cleaning quite as often. Ideally, you should clear out the insides of the machine at least once a week. If you use the machine frequently or put a high volume of cash through it, you may want to perform a full clean once or twice a week.
How do you know if your machine needs to be cleaned? You may notice several signs, such as batch back-ups, miscounts and inaccurate totals, or bill rejections. These are some symptoms of a dirty machine.
Use Canned Air
You can start cleaning your machine with canned air. Follow the can’s directions closely. Improper use could damage your machine and be dangerous.
A common best practice is to unplug your machine before you begin. Then use the canister to blast dust from the surfaces of the counter. Make sure to blow the air in every opening so you can remove the debris from all the rollers and sensors.
The most effective way to clean your currency counter is to use a currency counter cleaning card. A cleaning card is designed to remove debris, ink residue, dirt, and paper dust, as well as clean the rollers, note recognition lenses, metal plates, and feed paths.
Using a cleaning card is easy. Simply insert the card into the counter like a regular banknote. The card will do the rest. It will run through the machine like a bill, clearing out dirt and dust along the way. The cleaning cards are moist, and as you run them through the counter, they will become marked. Run the card through the machine multiple times and when you see no additional markings, the cleaning is complete. Discard the used card.
Protect Your Investment
When you clean your currency counter, you protect your investment. Give your machine the care and attention it deserves by cleaning it regularly. You can reduce the frequency of service calls and troubleshooting you have to make. You can also increase the machine’s efficiency and extend its life.