WEST CHESTER, Pa., May 11, 2012 — MEI Conlux, West Chester, Pa., has received two iSpot Innovation Awards from the National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) for the Payment Systems and Devices division. The Conlux MCM5 coin changer took home Gold for its auto cassette programming feature, and the EASITRAX® Advance 5000™ telemeter was recognized with Silver for its offline data recorder (ODR) feature.
“We congratulate MEI Conlux for its innovation and helping to lead our industry forward through technology, image and creativity,” said LyNae Schleyer, senior director of Education for the NAMA OneShowSM and Education, Schleyer, NCE, CMP. “This year’s iSpot Innovation Award winners are truly creating our industry’s leading-edge technology. We applaud each winner for their groundbreaking work developing advances that will lead our industry into the future.”
“MEI is honored that the association recognized both the MCM5 and Advance 5000 with this distinguished award,” said Chuck Reed, Marketing Director at MEI. “We are also excited about the notable benefits, specifically in productivity and profitability, that operators will experience using both these new products.”
MEI Conlux was recognized during the NAMA Annual Meeting at the OneShow in Las Vegas.
This year’s judges recognized the innovative successes of all the entries in three recognition categories: Gold, Silver and Bronze. Judging criteria were based directly on the six categories from the entry form: Features, Benefits, Creativity, Image, Productivity and Profitability.
NAMA is the national trade association of the food and refreshment vending, coffee service and foodservice management industries including on-site, commissary, catering, and mobile. Its membership is comprised of service companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers of products and services to operating service companies. The basic mission of the association, to collectively advance and promote the automatic merchandising and coffee service industries, still guides NAMA today as it did in 1936, the year of the organization’s founding.
MEI, headquartered in West Chester, Pa., holds the world’s largest installed base of unattended payment systems, handling over two billion transactions per week in more than 100 countries. The company developed the first electronic coin mechanism in the 1960s, followed by the first electronic non-contact bill acceptor, and more recently its credit card capability and vending management solution. Recently, MEI reached a milestone of selling more than four million bill acceptors and five million coin mechanisms worldwide. Its products are in widespread use in the vending, soft drink, gaming, amusement, transport, retail, and kiosk markets. For more information on MEI and its products, visit www.meigroup.com or call 800-345-8215.