How Do Banknote Counters Work?

How banknote counters work

Automated banknote counters can speed up your end-of-day routine, ensure you make no counting errors and batch your notes together. Some can even detect counterfeits.

Here’s all you need to know about how the banknote counters at Our Weigh work.

What banknote counters can do

From simple counters that tell you how many notes you’ve fed in, to automated machines that add up the number and value of multiple stacks for much quicker till and bank deposit processing, we have a machine to suit your needs.

The Safescan 2685 is the most advanced counter we offer, with advanced counterfeit detection and the ability to count mixed stacks of banknotes – ideal for large retailers and high street banks, where dealing with lots of cash is commonplace.

How banknote counters count notes

When you stack a pile of banknotes in your money counter’s hopper, the bottom note activates a roller which feeds the note to a second roller rotating a little quicker. Fanning wheels separate the notes as an optical sensor counts the number of notes that pass by.

Some of the more advanced machines also detect the value of the notes that pass by the sensors, before directing the counted notes into a neat pile in the output stacker.

How front and back-loading counters differ

Front-loading machines operate quicker than back-loaders, because you can keep adding notes to the stack as the machine runs – ideal if you have bundles of cash to count. Although the hopper on both types is located on the top, with front-loaders, you place the notes flat, whereas you stack notes on their side with a back-loader.

How counterfeit detectors on note counters work

There are a series of integrated sensors that check any number of security features built into the banknotes as they pass through the machine.

Basic machines check for UV marks, with more advanced machines checking for magnetic thread or ink, while the top-of-the-range Safescan 2600 counters check the unique size, ultraviolet, infrared, magnetic and holographic features of each note.

Read our feature on all you need to know about counterfeit money detectors to find out more.