The Model 400 from Rowe International integrates a combo credit-card reader/bill acceptor with a wireless credit-card processing system for the laundry industry.
Laundries can accept any loyalty card and major credit cards (MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover) for a single low transaction and monthly fee.
An advanced two-line display presents clear messages, making service simple, the company says. The secure, heavy-duty cabinet has two T-handle locks, and a unit can be mounted on a wall, table or optional base.
Options that are available include a remote computer interface and an audit trail printer.
Model 400 systems are PCI-compliant, the company says, and Rowe offers 24/7 technical support.
The system accepts coins as well as paper tokens, which can be offered for refunds or store promotions and via direct mail, the company says.
roweinternational.com | 800-393-0201, ext. 483
Card Concepts Inc. (CCI)
Card Concepts Inc.’s (CCI) new FasCard is a hybrid coin/card system that provides owners and customers with premium features and functionality. FasCard allows almost any coin-vended washer, dryer or vending machine also to accept major credit and debit cards, without removing the machine’s native coin acceptance, the company says.
The hardware behind FasCard is easy to install and manage, CCI says, and the FasCard reader was designed specifically for Laundromat applications utilizing wireless technology to eliminate any hardwiring.
The large backlit display presents instructions and information, and a three-button keypad makes FasCard easy to use. The system does not require an onsite computer; it requires only a basic Internet connection, with all of the system’s features and reports accessible from any Internet connection. FasCard also allows store owners to choose their own credit card processor.
FasCard also features ‘Time of Day Pricing’ and Native Multi-Vend support as well.
fascard.com | 866-860-1660
Coin Mechanisms Inc.’s Leisuretime LT3200 Meter Box is a programmable timer/meter that uses a single-use disposable card. The secure system can be programmed from 1 second up to 99 hours and 59 minutes, and includes a four-digit display showing “minutes and seconds” or “hours and minutes.”
The LT3200 offers secure, reliable and affordable timing metering solutions for a wide range of applications that includes laundry equipment, according to the company. Some other applications are tanning beds and saunas, lighting, and air conditioning and space heating.
Standard features include radial eight-pin lock and resettable/nonresettable hour and card counter. The meter is available in different AC voltages: 12V, 24V, 110V or 230V.
A coin- or token-only model is also available.
coinmech.com | 800-323-6498
With CrossLink from ESD, a Laundromat owner can easily add credit- and debit-card acceptance to existing coin-operated machines, the company says.
CrossLink also accepts a store-branded mag stripe card. Points programs, bonus wash or dry credits, and timed daily specials are among the options.
CrossLink works with every manufacturer and model, even electro-mechanical machines, and encrypted WiFi communication makes for easy installation, ESD says.
A web portal that is secure and accessible from mobile devices provides a store owner with information on the system.
esdcard.com | 800-523-1510
Greenwald Industries’ Flash Cash uses contactless payment technology to provide a quick, easy-to-use, tamper-resistant payment system designed to replace traditional systems built around the use of coins and dollar bills, the company says.
Flash Cash is also designed to provide superior customer interface, flexibility, rapid transaction speed and reader/card durability.
Flash Cash smart cards contain a rewritable microchip and antenna that communicate with a card reader. Designed within the dimensions of a credit card or key fob, smart cards provide convenient and secure financial transactions, Greenwald says.
The slim-line profile readers are designed to be maintenance-free and Bluetooth-ready, enabling the system to communicate on a wireless network. The networking allows the instant setup of readers, instant price changes, and collection of machine usage with a BlackBerry, cell phone or connection to the Internet.
The readers are designed with large, graphical displays for ease of use and are able to collect and store data that can be used to audit transactions and generate reports.
Custom graphics can be displayed and easily changed on the reader for promotions, holidays, or university logos.
The Flash Cash system also reduces theft, vandalism, and the cost of collecting currency, Greenwald claims.
greenwaldindustries.com | 860-526-0800
IDX Inc.’s newest RFID cashless Wicket™ card system, the ASGARD™, is a good fit for self-service laundries and door-access controls, IDX says.
ASGARD tracks usage of each customer’s card with a time-and-date stamp for each machine and/or door activation. Each Wicket card can have an expiration date and different levels of access or usage on different pieces of equipment. If your customer’s card is lost or stolen, or if the customer has not paid his/her monthly usage fee, the ASGARD software can automatically disable the Wicket card, the company says. The system administrator can reactivate the card at any time.
IDX says it does not charge fees to maintain the latest software and firmware updates for the Wicket system. A system owner can simply download the latest updates from the IDX website at their convenience, at no charge, the company explains.
idxinc.com | 800-643-1109
Setomatic Systems’ SpyderWash® payment system adds credit/debit card acceptance directly to washers and dryers, while still allowing payment by coin or loyalty card. SpyderWash® also accepts mobile payments, like Google Wallet and ISIS, as well as EMV payments like PayPass. The reader also is certified by VISA, MasterCard, Discover and American Express.
SpyderWash® is web-based so a computer is not needed on site, and the encrypted wireless system tracks all revenue – coin, credit, debit and loyalty cards.
setomaticsystems.com | 800-645-3441
Standard Change-Makers Inc.
Standard Change-Makers Inc. now offers the easyPAY Central Payment Kiosk to allow coin laundry owners to incorporate credit card acceptance in a cost-effective manner.
The system works in conjunction with existing electronic coin drops, and includes coin, bill and credit card acceptance.
EasyPAY can start any washer and dryer in the store. The easy-to-understand color touch screen provides intuitive instructions to guide customers through the payment process. EasyPAY also allows customers to use bills to activate the washers/dryers.
Features include reduced coin collections for Laundromat owners; a hardwired interface for reliable communication; no drilling required or machine changes/modifications when installing; accepts credit cards to activate washers and dryers; and includes a redundant coin acceptance for large capacity washers that are susceptible to coin jams.
The kiosk is available in front load, rear load and wall-mount/desktop (card only) consoles.
standardchange.com | 800-968-6955
The Wireless Credit Card Payment System from WashCard Systems offers a wireless alternative to Laundromat owners to help retain coin acceptance on some or all of the business’ washers and dryers, the company says.
Other features include simple installation with wireless networking, no minimum or maximum number of readers, increased revenue, new customer base, and quicker turnarounds per day.
washcard.com | 888-439-5740
Heartland Payment Systems
Heartland Payment Systems’ WaveRider Laundry System is a wireless payments- and account-management system that allows for secure acceptance of credit- and debit-card payments. The technology is easy to install and features upgraded reporting capabilities, Heartland says.
Customers can pay for laundry services using any major credit or debit card when using the WaveRider system. It also streamlines workflow for laundry operators, allowing them to manage multiple facilities remotely through a secure, Web-based account-management portal called WaveCentral.
Operators can review revenue generated at a property in real time, as well as adjust or change prices—in increments other than quarters. They can also minimize downtime and potential loss of revenue by receiving alerts the moment a machine goes down, Heartland says.
The WaveRider system also allows customers to access a Web-based portal called WaveVision to view the status of washers and dryers before they travel to the laundry facility. Customers can register to receive text messages, alerting them when their laundry cycles are complete, reducing congestion and enhancing their experience.
For laundry operators still interested in providing cash options, WaveRider supports the acceptance of coins and cards on the same machine.
heartlandmicropayments.com | 800-332-4835, ext. 6257
Dexter’s Easy Card™ was developed for laundry owners and customers to eliminate the day-to-day problems related to starting machines with coins. Laundry customers start machines by swiping a reusable card instead of dropping quarters, providing a faster, cleaner, simpler experience for the laundry customer and laundry owner, the company says.
There are no quarters to manage in an Easy Card store, so owners no longer have to spend hours collecting, sorting and transporting coins. By simply unlocking the cabinet, removing a stack of bills and printing a receipt, laundry owners can collect money in minutes instead of hours, Dexter says.
Remote access to the Easy Card system allows owners to dial in to a store to monitor sales, collections and system status. Anywhere owners can connect a PC to a phone line, they can access their Easy Card systems.
Easy Card also allows real-time adjustments to accounts and vend prices. Owners can quickly modify prices to accommodate escalating utility costs.
Having the ability to modify pricing in penny increments gives owners flexibility and options that their competition might not have, Dexter adds. Also, promoting a business with time-of-day pricing and usage bonuses can increase a customer base.
And since the Easy Card system and readers are supplied by Dexter, every component is covered by the three-year Dexter factory warranty.
dexter.com | 800-524-2954
The MEI Combo Acceptor gives customers the flexibility to pay with their preferred method, whether it’s cash, debit or credit. The payment system is designed to be robust and reliable, and it combines a bill acceptor with a debris-resistant, swipe-style credit-card reader that’s even capable of reading coupons.
Providing customers with this kind of payment flexibility and convenience maximizes transactions, increases sales volume, and encourages customer loyalty, the company says.
Card transactions can be completed quickly and securely, while bills can be inserted in any direction, and in any condition, without experiencing frustrating bill jams or rejections, the company says. No matter how customers pay, they can cancel their transaction with the touch of a button.
The MEI Combo Acceptor is designed for convenience, as it can be easily attached on existing mountings that use an MEI Series 2000 bill acceptor.
A modular communications network integrates easily with existing systems via an RS232 interface, and MEI’s advanced protocol interface (API) makes it easy to integrate the unit into a self-service system, the company says.
meigroup.com | 800-345-8215