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Are Money Counting Machines Accurate In Detecting Fake Money?

Money counter that counts value

We are just searching for possibilities to improve our lives and save time in this day and era. If you operate a cash handling company, there is some great news for you: by buying one easy thing, you can make your life a lot simpler. Not only can purchasing a money counting system save the workers time, but it will also allow you tranquility that the numbers counted are 100 percent correct. 

Rather than thinking about a potential mistake and needing to re-count a float, you will relax, ensuring that your money has been counted in a fraction of the time and with more precision that any person manually counting might.

Currency note counters often have built-in money laundering identification features, so you'll know if any bogus bills come through the system. This system operates in a variety of forms, including by detecting the security code printed on each bank currency, utilizing ultraviolet or infrared light, detecting the serial number printed on each currency, metal thread, and scale detection and by magnetic detection. Currency note counting devices have advanced to the point that some can use both of these inventions to keep your company safe from counterfeiters.

What are Different Types of Counterfeit Detection?


As you might be aware, currency notes have invisible UV markings that become apparent only when exposed to ultraviolet light as a protection measure. Moreover, it cannot just be any ultraviolet light; it has to be 365 nanometers in wavelength. Fake detectors from ZZap, such as the D20, display UV markings on notes immediately, allowing you to visually check the  More sophisticated ultraviolet sensors, such as the ZZap D40, which uses UV and photo detectors sensors to instantly validate UV markings on a genuine note.


The double currency detector function, which is used with most computers, is an example of such a feature. This ensures that if two banknotes were placed into the machine at the same time without the operator's knowledge, the computer would pause and warn you, allowing you to split the notes and repeat the count for a proper reading. The computer analyzes the infrared sensors used in this electronic model double currency detection system.

In addition to the UV markings previously described, currency notes are printed with inks that are unnoticeable to the naked human eye. They still have inks that only become apparent under infrared illumination. You will need one of ZZap's D40 devices to use this kind of identification, which uses infrared sensors that mirror and absorb light to instantly accept notes based on the unique qualities written on each currency.

What are Other Features Which Contribute to Cash Counting Effectiveness? 

Bank grade money counter

Some other feature that contributes to the effectiveness of cash counting machines is their capacity to measure and sense the intensity of bills. Although paper currency and coins have a very specific weight when they are first distributed, notes can absorb soil or grime over time and grow stronger, and coins can have small parts chipped away due to wear and tear. 

Some counting machines provide a significant amount of mathematics that aids in the accuracy of calculations. A table of weights for all supported currencies and denominations whether loose or in bags or packets, is stored in the memory of every unit. This helps you to count a variety of coins and banknotes, freeing up resources to concentrate on other aspects of your market.

Magnetic and Metal Thread

Ferromagnetic ink printed in intricate magnetic patterns on currency notes, is often used. Furthermore, magnetic threads waved into the notes in different sizes and positions, making them much more complicated than they seem. 

This allows one to use magnetic detection as a form of notice verification. Manual magnetic detectors, such as the ZZap D30, are one alternative. They will easily scan notes and see whether they include magnetic ink or string. You may also use a more specialized magnetic detector system, such as the ZZap D40, to detect more complex fake notes by detecting precise ink and thread patterns using magnetic sensors.

Serial number and CIS

On either hand of the paper currency, there is a separate serial number. The serial numbers are scanned and recorded by detection machines such as the ZZap NC60 money counter, which uses a sophisticated CIS sensor

CIS stands for Contact Image Sensor, and although it isn't a method of counterfeit identification in and of itself, it is the currency notes recognition technology that aids in the detection of serial numbers. A PC can display, copy, and print the complete list of all captured serial numbers on an NC60. These serial numbers help to keep track of financial transactions or to create an audit trail.

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If you have any more concerns, please call +1-800-359-0364! to speak with one of our experts. You will learn more about detecting counterfeits by reading our guide, which can be found here.

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