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KBR-1500 FAQ
KBR-1500
PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Type: 1-Pocket Mixed Bill Counter, Sorter and Reader

Loading Style: Top

Display: Color Graphic LCD Screen 3 1 /2″ (additional external display included)

Recognizes Denominations: Yes

Counting Speed: 800/1,000/1,200 Bills per minute

Hopper Capacity: 500 bills (uncirculated)

Stacker Capacity: 200 bills (uncirculated)

Unit Weight: 15.9 lbs (7.21kg)

Unit Dimensions (L x W x H): 9.25″ x 10.82″ x 11.22″ (235 x 275 x 285 mm)

Counterfeit Detection: UV, MG, IR, 2 CIS

Modes: Auto/Manual, Mix, Count, Sort, Add, Batch

On-screen Report: Yes

Printer Compatible:  Yes (external printer not included)

The Kolibri KBR-1500 is offered exclusively on our seller page through Amazon. View the latest information and sales page here: Kolibri KBR-1500.

The KBR-1500 serial number is a string of numbers and letters unique to your unit that helps us identify your product and look up information regarding this specific product. Please look to the underside of your unit for the serial number.

An example of serial number is shown below. The format will always be the same, 6 numbers, followed by ‘R2611’ and ending in 5 numbers: ######R2611#####

  • The below cleaning guide is available as a printable document listed in the Documents section of this page.
  • ATTENTION: The unit should always be turned off and disconnected from its power cord before cleaning.
  • DO NOT use solvents such as thinner, alcohol, etc. to clean the machine.
  • First, wipe away dust with a soft microfiber cloth that is provided with KBR-1500. For the best result, it is recommended to use an air duster and a soft bristle brush to remove any dust or debris from the interior of the unit.  All Parts of the Kolibri KBR-1500 need daily care and cleaning. Pay close attention to the sensors, which are delicate components. If any dust or other foreign matter adheres to the sensors, it may cause various problems during operation of the machine.
  • Refer to the illustrations below showing the location of the Kolibri KBR-1500 sensors.

Figure (1): Hopper Sensor, located at the top of the unit where bills are placed (small circle, highlighted in green)

Figure (2): Stacker Sensor, located where money is stacked after sorting or counting (Clear and Black LED, highlighted in green).

Figure (3): Inner Sensors, located on the inside of the unit, accessed through the backdoor of the machine (sensors highlighted in green, see below for description of sensors).

  • 3 – IR Sensors
  • 4 – CIS Sensors
  • 5 – UV Sensor
  • 6 – Magnetic Sensors

Figure (4): Backdoor Sensors, located on the in of the backdoor of the machine and correspond to the inner sensors (sensors highlighted in green, see below for description of sensors).

  • 3 – IR Sensors
  • 4 – CIS Sensors
  • 5 – UV Sensor
  • 6 – Magnetic Sensors

Kolibri suggests that the user cleans the unit at least once per week. For heavy use locations and operations, the user may clean the unit daily to avoid heavy buildup that may cause improper operation. When the unit is not in use, Kolibri suggests that the user covers the unit with a dust cover.

  • Kolibri suggests to clean the unit at least once per week. For heavy use locations and operations, it is recommended to clean the unit daily to avoid heavy buildup that may cause improper operation. When the unit is not in use, Kolibri suggests to cover the unit with a dust cover.
  1. If there is too much force on the motor, it automatically shuts off and displays the “JAM” error code. Jamming may be caused by the following cases:
    • If bills are fed incorrectly into the KBR-1500
    • If bills have foreign objects like clips, etc.
    • If a bill enters the path crookedly

Please refer to the below diagram for proper loading.

  • If bills are very worn, torn, ‘soft’, or folded, the bills may crumple in the bill path and get stuck.
  • If jamming occurs frequently, there may be an issue with the feed gap adjustment. If the gap is too wide, the KBR-1500 will be able to accept more than one note at a time into the bill path which will frequently cause jamming. To learn how to adjust the feed gap, please refer to Section 6: What is a feed gap? How do I adjust it?
  • The feed gap is the actual height of the bill feed path, and should be tuned to just about the thickness of a single bill. If the feed gap is too wide, the user may experience a high amount of DOUBLE and CHAIN errors which are caused by more than one bill entering the scanning path at one time. If the feed gap is too tight, the unit may not be able to pass bills into the scanning path, or catch on bills and tear them.
  • For feed gap adjustment procedure, a printable document is available in the Documents section of this page. The following steps are the procedure for adjusting the feed gap:
  1. Ensure the machine is turned off.
  2. Position the rollers so that none of the rubber teeth are visible. This can be done by turning the kick rollers. Only the black smooth sections of the rollers should be showing.

Turn one of these rollers until only the black smooth section shows on back roller

Incorrect roller position

Correct position

  1. Place one bill that is crisp and rigid enough to prevent bending during the adjustment procedure. Place it lengthwise either to the right or left side of the hopper. See below images for examples.

  1. Guide the bill between the inner rollers during this step; you should feel moderate resistance as you move the bill back and forth through these rollers. In other words, the gap between these rollers are wide enough to pass just one bill per count, but narrow enough to feel a slight tension or friction when pulling the bill out.    
  • To adjust the bill feed gap, use the instructions below to turn the adjustment screw at the top of the unit:
  1. Make a 1 dot adjustment turn at a time, then retest.
  2. If the bill feels too loose, tighten the feed gap by turning the adjustment screw counterclockwise.
  3. If the resistance against the bill feels too strong, loosen the gap by turning the screws clockwise.

Important Note: The KBR-1500 feed gap adjustment can be sensitive during adjustments. Do not overturn each adjustment or you may overshoot the optimum gap. We recommend testing with a stack of bills after each adjustment turn.

ERROR MESSAGE CAUSE SOLUTION
UV SUSPECT Suspect bill detected by ultraviolet detection or UV detection issue
Remove top bill from stacker. This bill is not added to count. Press start to continue.
MG SUSPECT Suspect bill detected by magnetic detection or MG detection issue Remove top bill from stacker. This bill is not added to count. Press start to continue.
IR SUSPECT Suspect bill detected by infrared detection or IR detection issue Remove top bill from stacker. This bill is not added to count. Press start to continue.
IMAGE SUSPECT Image of the bill is not genuine Remove top bill from stacker. This bill is not added to count. Press start to continue.
LOWER LEFT COUNTING SENSOR Issue with the lower left counting sensor Clean the sensor. See section 5.1 Maintenance for location of sensors.
UPPER LEFT COUNTING SENSOR Issue with the upper left counting sensor Clean the sensor. See section 5.1 Maintenance for location of sensors.
ENCODER SENSOR Issue with the encoder sensor Restart the machine. Make sure rollers are turning and nothing prevents them from turning. If not resolved contact Kolibri Technical Service
START SENSOR Issue with the start sensor Clean the sensor. See section 5.1 Maintenance for location of sensors.
BACKDOOR OPEN Backdoor not securely closed Ensure backdoor is closed. Press start to continue.
HALF NOTE The last counted bill doesn’t confirm size of the bill or bill might be torn or folded Ensure top bills in stacker are standard size and or not folded. Remove all bills from stacker. Not added to count total. Recount.
CHAIN ERROR Two or more bills passed as one Ensure bills are loaded properly. Remove all bills from stacker. Not added to the count total. Recount.

  • There are 3 main counterfeit detection techniques used in the majority of discriminators and detectors:
  1. MG Magnetic Feature Detection – US currency uses specific magnetic ink at exact locations to provide a unique magnetic signature on each denomination note. By scanning each bill for the presence and location of these features, the KBR-1500 is capable of detection the minute magnetic signals present on these bills and will flag any notes that do not have these features present, in the correct locations. Certain counterfeit notes do not have the same features and will be rejected by the KBR-1500 as ‘SUSPECT’.
  2. UV Ultraviolet Feature Detection – Certain features are hidden to the naked eye on all US currency. In order to detect these features, the KBR-1500 has special ultraviolet emitters and sensors capable of detecting the exact ultraviolet anti-counterfeit features built into each denomination note. These are referenced against known-genuine currency and used to flag any notes that do not display the correct UV features on the suspect notes.
  3. IR Infrared Feature Detection – Similar to UV, US currency contains hidden infrared features that can only be detected by infrared illumination and detection. The KBR-1500 scans each bill for the presence and accuracy of these features and fails any bills not meeting these criteria as ‘SUSPECT’.
  • There are a few reasons that a detector may flag genuine currency as suspect. If bills are worn, bent, torn, or crumpled, the anti-counterfeit features needed to verify a bill as genuine may be compromised. For example, the magnetic ink on a note may wear over time or heavy use, reducing the magnetic response to below detection thresholds. If the KBR-1500 cannot verify the correct features expected on a note, the unit will flag that currency as ‘SUSPECT’.
  • If sensors are dirty or damaged, the KBR-1500 will not be able to detect the necessary anti-counterfeit features needed to verify currency as genuine.
  • Another possible reason is that the detection sensors may be incorrectly calibrated, lost reference, or be under operating conditions that cause false positives. In order to reduce these error types, it is advised to operate the unit out of direct sunlight and reduce interference that may cause sensor errors. If this occurs frequently under normal operation, please contact Kolibri support for troubleshooting or service.
  • One of the most common reasons for miscounting is improper loading of the currency to be counted. In most cases the KBR-1500 will display an error and prompt the user to reload the currency.
  • The second most common reason for improper counting is poor maintenance of the unit. Each sensor needs to be clean and free of debris to operate correctly. Due to the complexity of the sensing mechanisms, the unit must be able to sense all features which are expected on genuine currency. Both ‘SUSPECT’ errors, and wrong denomination may occur if sensors are obscured.
  • In rare cases, electromechanical failure of the unit will cause all notes to be sensed incorrectly. For frequent, repeatable improper denomination errors, please contact Kolibri Support for repair.
  • Depending on the mode the unit is set to, the number of rejects may vary greatly. For example, in sort mode of a highly mixed stack of notes, ALL notes which do not match the first bill passed through the unit will be rejected. Another example is FACE mode, where all notes which the same face up on the first note through the unit will be rejected.
  • Yes, the Kolibri KBR-1500 uses advanced sensing to determine the denomination of the notes being scanned and automatically counts the correct total of the currency being counted, or sort out notes as the user specifies. Depending on the mode, when undesired note passes  all sensors, count stops, appropriate message displays on TFT screen.
  • Yes, the Kolibri KBR-1500 uses advanced sensing to determine the denomination of the notes being scanned.
  • The KBR-1500 uses a F2A250V 20mm Length by 5mm Diameter fuse next to the AC power inlet (where the power cord inserts to the back of the unit, please see picture below) Check this fuse if the unit does not power on. If replacing the fuse does not solve power-on issues, please contact Kolibri Customer Service.

  • The warranty of this unit covers manufacturing defects, and unit related failures that occur during normal operation following the specific guideline set forth in the user manual. Kolibri is not responsible for errors or failures caused by improper use, mishandling, liquid spills on the unit, foreign object damage, units which have been opened/tampered with, or damage caused by improper maintenance, storage, or transportation.
  • Please contact Kolibri support through our webpage and provide a description of the failure.
  • Contact Kolibri Support through our webpage at http://kolibriusa.com/contact/ and create a support ticket. The customer service representative assigned to your ticket will respond with troubleshooting techniques, or arrange for an on-site repair at our facility
USER MANUAL
FEED GAP PROCEDURE
BILL LOADING PROCEDURE
CALIBRATION PROCEDURE
CLEANING PROCEDURE
SALES SHEET

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