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 This page is intended to serve as a general guide to LaundryCard reader installation. It includes examples of cable running methodologies and universal installation principles.




This document assumes the installer has working knowledge of hand tools and of the target machine in question. Physical modification of machine may be required, including modification of machine panels and internal modification to accommodate cables or harnesses. It is recommended that the instructions contained herein be performed by individuals who are qualified to perform these tasks. Card Concepts Inc. takes no responsibility for the accuracy of this document or for any damage that may occur to target machine.

Required Hardware

Card Reader

Part IDDescriptionImage
LaundryCard Reader V3 - RevB

This guide also assumes the installer has obtained the required kit for the relevant machine model.  Installation kits are provided by Card Concepts Inc.

Recommended Tools and Supplies (Not Included)

  • Various Cat5 cables
    • If terminating cables, include Cat5 RJ-45 stripper/crimper
  • Cat5/RJ-45 line tester
  • 3/32 allen key (card reader screws)
  • Philips Screwdriver w/ multiple bits
  • Flathead Screwdriver
  • Standard socket set
  • Utility Knife
  • Cable/Zip Ties

Additional tools may be required if installation requires modification to machine panels. 

General Installation Concepts

Confirm machine power is disconnected before beginning installation!

Use caution and appropriate protection to prevent hand and eye injury during installation!

Machine Start Harness
UTP Cat5 Cable 15'
Vault Mount Bracket

LaundryCard reader installation includes common components that hold true across all manufacturers and models.  All reader installations require one or more harnesses (example above, C-0110-MLV) and two Cat5 (C-0177, above) cable connections.  Most installation kits also include a mounting bracket (example above, C-0936).  Kits may also include a variety of other components such as coin drop covers, labels, and jumpers, but the core of the installation remains the same.  The Cat5 connections provide power and data connection to the X-Changers and the wire harness provides the start signal to the machine.

General Mounting Guidelines

Mounting Bracket
Vault Mount Bracket
Flat Mount Bezel
Mounting Bracket

Mounting brackets and the level of machine alteration vary by machine model.  Many kits utilize the C-0936 Vault Mount bracket which is easily installed into Coin Ready machines in place of the Coin Vault, and this requires no modification to the machine (Fig. 1a, below).  Some kits utilizing the flat mounting brackets such as the C-0930 or C-0970 may require an opening be cut into the panel to accommodate the card reader- in this case, the bracket is typically mounted on the inside of the panel with the card reader installed through the front of the panel so that the existing reader bezel covers any excess in the panel opening.  Flat Mount Bezels (C-0968) require the card reader itself to be modified to lock into the bezel, which is then secured to the machine panel (Fig. 1b, below).   

Fig. 1a - Vault Mount Bracket InstalledFig. 1b - Flat Mount Bezel Installed

Mounting Best Practices

If the mounting point is not specified by the kit instructions or the hardware itself (i.e. Vault Mount bracket), verify the C-0103 Card Reader Dimensions before making any modifications to the machine.  Allow room for the card reader, harness connections, and Cat5 connections while avoiding any potentially damaging sources of heat or friction.  Consideration should also be given to future cable replacement in the case of hardware failure.  

Cabling Best Practices

Some machines may require relatively lengthy internal Cat5 cable runs.  As discussed above, it is important to avoid any sources of potential damage in the way of heat and friction as much as possible.  Some possible sources of damage include motors, heating elements, machine drums, belts, etc.  Cables should be secured where possible to prevent machine vibration from shifting them to a potentially damaging position, as demonstrated below in Fig. 1c.  

Fig. 1c - Securing Cat5 Cable

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