Heavy duty drawers are great when the drawer is being used non-stop in a 24/7 capacity. They have stronger bearings, reinforced construction, and are made of heavier materials which hold up for a longer period of time. Medium duty drawers often are a bit lighter and take up less space but still have similar functionality to their heavy duty counter parts.Interface:
In most POS Setups you will want a "printer driven" interface that connects the drawer to your receipt printer. Please be sure to purchase the correct interface cable for the type of receipt printer you will be using.Operating System:
If using IOS or Android POS System or POS Setups that don't use a receipt printer, consider a manual drawer, where you can open the drawer through a push button or by pushing in the face.
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Additional Information on Cash Drawers
If your POS system is deployed in a setting where methods of payment are processed then a cash drawer should be an integral part of the set up. They are a secure and organized way to manage the different forms of payment in one place during hours of operation or per shift. There are several questions to consider your needs:
- How many methods of payment do you accept?
- What types of POS terminals, receipt printers and software are you using or going to be using?
- How many users will be accessing the POS terminal at one time and do they each need their own drawer?
- What are the size and security needs of the drawers themselves, i.e. do they need to lock and be metal or is a plastic housing ok?
Multiple methods of payment may require multiple “media” slots or places to easily slip the checks, coupons and receipts under the cash tray for an organized drop at the end of a shift. The MMF Media Plus has three media slots with adjustable partitions for customized settings while the POS-X Ion Series Drawer in the 16" size has one media slot but interfaces with every printer on the market.
If the terminal is a simple non-computerized cash register then a basic manual drawer may suffice. In settings where the traffic flow and terminals are more complex and connected to a receipt printer, a printer driven drawer or USB drawer system enables the drawer to open with the closing of each transaction. When a receipt begins to print the drawer opens and the cashier can take payment, make change or what ever step is next.
If the operating environment is multiple server-one till then all hands have access to the drawer and terminal log in security and money handling procedures are potentially more relaxed. If the setting requires more security and each “till” or the bank inside the drawer is assigned to a specific user then usually there is a 2 drawer maximum per terminal although more drawers are possible. Each time an employee logs onto the terminal and rings a transaction then their own till opens up as per their user info. End of day they count and are responsible for the amounts within.
We carry several option from heavy duty models such as the APG Series 100 that is a heavy duty, powder coated, full size 19” drawer that is warranted to last a lifetime to the medium duty MMF Cash Drawer Val-u Line series that comes in 13” and 16” sizes.
There are several locations to learn more on line: specific product links above to the buyers guides and if you are ready to discuss your needs a POSGuys.com sales representative is available at: 800-903-6571.