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Overview

This page is intended to guide the user through the concepts and options related to pulse (singlevend) configuration on equipment utilizing the FasCard system.

Operation

When a reader is configured for singlevend operation, a signal is sent from the reader to the machine via a pulse. This is the same signal the machine would receive from a coin drop. It is a one-way communication. The reader does not know anything about the state of the machine.

Notes

  • The machine settings (cycle lengths, water temps, spin times, etc) must all be configured on the machine. They cannot be controlled by the FasCard system.
  • When cycle time is set to 0, or when using the Stacked Multi-Option mode, the reader will not show as "In Use".

Vend Sequence

  1. Customer drops coins or swipes card (credit or loyalty).
  2. Price decreases on reader.
  3. Once the vend price on the reader has been met, the reader will pulse the machine.
  4. Price decreases on machine. Once the machine has received all of the pulses and the vend price is satisfied, it will be available to start.

Concepts

  • Pulse Length: The length in milliseconds of the signal sent from the reader to the machine. This varies from machine to machine.  See also: Determining Pulse Length and Interval
  • Pulse Interval: The length in milliseconds between pulses. If set too low (fast) the machine may not recognize all pulses. The higher (slow) the pulse interval is the longer it will take before the machine is ready to start. See also: Determining Pulse Length and Interval
  • Pulse Type: The method in which the reader pulses the machine. Unless otherwise instructed, always use Relay.
  • Sensor Input: Used to detect if the machine door is open or closed. Only available on certain machines with certain start harnesses.
  • Show Remaining Time: Controls whether the reader will display the time remaining based on the Cycle Time below.
  • Cycle Time: Because the reader does not know if the machine is running, a separate configurable timer is used. On washers, the timer is used to prevent additional vends. On dryers, the timer is used to determine if an additional vend should be charged as a top-off.
  • # Pulses: The number of pulses to start the machine. This should be set to the machines internal vend price divided by the coin value. See below.

To configure an equipment type, go to https://admin.fascard.com/ and Sign In. Navigate to the Setup tab and follow the Equipment Types link.

To configure pricing and features, go to https://admin.fascard.com/ and Sign In. Navigate to the Setup tab and follow the Pricing and Features link.

Determining Number of Pulses

Because the reader is in control of starting the machine, it must be configured to send the correct number of pulses once the vend price on the reader has been met.

The number of pulses depends on the vend price and coin values on the machine. To determine the number of pulses, take the vend price divided by the coin value.

Examples:

Mach. Vend PriceMach. Coin Value

Pulses

$2.00$0.258
$2.00$2.001
$8.00$0.2532
$0.25$0.251
Pulse Formulas and Examples

To determine number of pulses required to start use either formula listed below:

Number of Pulses - Formula 1

Enter Desired Cycle Time


Enter Machine Base Cycle Time


Number of Pulses (must be a whole number)


divide


equals

#

Example:

Enter Desired Cycle Time


Enter Machine Base Cycle Time


Number of Pulses (must be a whole number)

30 Minutes

divide

3 Minutes

equals

10 pulses

Number of Pulses - Formula 2

Enter Machine Base Cycle Time


Enter Number of Pulses


Max Cycle Time


multiply


equals


Example:

Enter Machine Base Cycle Time


Enter Number of Pulses


Max Cycle Time

3 Minutes

multiply

5 pulses

equals

15 Minutes


Configuring Machine

FasCard can be configured to start a machine whether it takes one pulse or multiple pulses to start. However, there are pros and cons to both setups.

Single Pulse

For a machine to start on one pulse, the machine's internal vend price and coin value must be set the same.

Pros

  • Only 1 pulse is sent so it is less likely for the machine to miss a pulse.

Cons

  • If machine currently starts on one pulse, requires re-configuring the machine. Though once configured, will not need to be changed again.

Multiple Pulses

Pros

  • Only requires configuring FasCard to send the correct number of pulses.

Cons

  • Possible for the machine to occasionally miss a pulse, especially on more expensive machines (eg. $8.00 washer = 32 pulses)

Choosing a SingleVend Mode

There are 4 singlevend modes; each serving a different purpose. The mode to use depends on the type of equipment and how the machine will be priced.

Equipment TypePricingSingleVend Mode

Washer

Single PriceSimple

Single Dryer
-or
Stack Dryer/Dryer (2 Readers)

Single PriceSimple
Top-Off PricingTop-Off
Variable PricingAdvanced

Stack Dryer/Dryer (1 Reader)
-or
Stack Washer/Dryer (1 Reader)

Single-PriceSimple
Variable PricingStacked Multi-Option

Modes

Simple

Simple mode is used when equipment is configured with a single price to start.

Example Setup

Top-Off

This mode cannot be used on stack dryers with only 1 reader!

Top-Off mode is used on dryers when a separate price is charged for additional top-off vends. While idle, the reader will charge the Machine Start price. While running (determined by the Cycle Time setting) the Top-Off price will be charged.

Example Setup

In the above example, the equipment is configured for a $0.50 start price (2 pulses) with an 8 minute cycle time. Additional top-off vends are $0.25 (1 pulse) with a 5 minute cycle time.

Extra Option

DO NOT USE: Similar to Top-Off mode, Extra Option mode allows a limit to be set regarding the number of times the extra option can be purchased.  Additionally, the ability to purchase the extra option can be set to expire.

Stacked Multi-Option

Stacked Multi-Option mode is used on dryers when wanting to offer multiple vend options to the customer.

Example Setup

Notes

  • Allows up to five different options to be configured and priced accordingly (though 17 will show).
  • Customers can select the option they wish to purchase by using the Up and Down arrow buttons on the FasCard reader. All options can be chosen regardless if the machine is idle or running.
  • Marking the circle in the "Default" field will set the default option.on the reader.
  • Note that the number of pulses per option is dependent upon the machine configuration.  In this example, one pulse is configured on the machine for five minutes- the default start time of fifteen minutes thus requires three pulses.

Adding Options

  1. To configure vend options, click the Option Configuration button. Up to 5 options can be enabled.
  2. Checking the Enabled box and entering an option name in the Name field will add an options to the equipment. 
  3. Once finished, click Save and then click Back to Equipment Setup.
Advanced

This mode cannot be used on stack dryers with only 1 reader!

Advanced mode is similar to Stacked Multi-Option but allows for even greater flexibility and control.

Example Setup

Notes

  • Adding options is identical to Stack Multi-Option configuration. Click the Option Configuration button and proceed as outlined as above.
  • There are four additional settings beyond what is offered by Stacked Multi-Option; "Available while idle, "Default while idle", "Available while Running", and "Default while Running".

Settings

  • Available While Idle: Controls if the option is shown on the card reader when idle.
  • Default While Idle: The default option that the card reader will use when idle if the customer does not use the arrow buttons to select a specific option.
  • Available While Running: Controls if the option is shown on the card reader when running (determined from the Cycle Time). Can also control the number of times an option can be purchased within a set amount of time.
  • Default While Running: The default option that the card reader will use when running if the customer does not use the arrow buttons to select a specific option.

Additional Resources

For additional information regarding the following related topics, please see the links below.