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Cash tube systems developed from the original idea of the ‘cash ball’ system. The original problem that sparked the idea is still a problem that retailers face today. Before the invention of the cash register, cash in any retail outlet was managed in a separate area, away from the shop floor. When a customer wanted to purchase goods, they brought the goods to the attendant’s desk. The attendant calculated the cost and requested the money, which they then took, together with a docket for the goods, to the cash desk or cash room. There another member of staff completed the transaction and gave the attendant the correct change and a receipt. This was a very time-consuming process and at busy times, customer queues could develop quickly.

Thus the ‘cash ball’ was created. The system consisted of two sets of rails, one sloping down from the attendant’s desk to the cash room and one in the opposite direction. The attendant would place the cash and the docket inside a hollowed out wooden ball, and gravity would roll the ball to the cash room. The cashier would place the change and the receipt in the ball and return it on the second rail, sloping from the cash room to the attendant’s desk. This system allowed the attendant to serve the next customer, or chat to the current customer, perhaps with the opportunity to sell more goods.

The system soon became an essential part of any premises that handled cash. Over time, systems were developed and expanded into multiple lines, with switches and connections to the rail, similar to that of a train line. Different size balls were assigned to different areas so that the smaller ball would pass under a switch, and the larger ball would make contact with its required switch to travel down its own line.

After the cash ball system came the wire system. Rails were replaced by wires and the canister was now made from a wooden box with a bayonet fitting which fitted onto a carriage that remained fixed on the wire. The station consisted of a propulsion unit made of elastic and a series of pulleys controlled by a lever. Once the box was connected to the carriage by the bayonet fitting, the lever was drawn back, pulling the carriage tight through the elastic. At a certain point (set by the distance required) the lever released a switch that sent the carriage ‘zipping’ down the line to the receiving station. Here the carriage would engage the pulley there, ready to be launched back.

Pneumatic tube systems soon came to replace the cash ball and wire systems entirely. Although pneumatic tubes had been around for some time, it was only after the other cash transport systems had been used that the idea for using the pneumatic tube for cash was conceived. It made significant savings in transaction time and also the number of stations that could communicate with the cash office. One such cash tube system that was installed in John Banner Ltd Department store in Sheffield in the 1930s had 75 stations!

The invention of the cash register made it possible for cash to be handled at the counter where the customer pays, which basically removed the need for a cash tube system as its purpose was to complete a cash transaction. But there is another purpose!

Now retailers were faced with the problem that takings were being stored in light metal boxes at various locations throughout their store, building up as the day went on. It proved too risky to walk around and collect the cash by hand and bring it to a secure location on the premises. Hence the development of Safe-linK – the ultimate cash tube system design.

Safe-linK was the first cash carrier system of any type to be connected directly to a safe. With a secure steel plate inside the safe and only a 63 mm opening for the pipe to enter, the integrity and security of the safe is not compromised. The Safe-linK cash tube allows the cashier to send cash regularly from an unlimited number of stations in any number of buildings from any distance directly into a secure locked safe in a remote part of the business. The safe can be time-locked with no access until such time as the cash is to be counted and lodged. To learn more about Safe-linK click here, or click here to see it in action.

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