Slugbuster® Coin Acceptor
by Parker Engineering
“A good Supplier is a good listener”
…….it’s our motto at Parker Engineering. We know that our first priority is communication. How many businesses have a real person answer their phone anymore? We do. Helping our customers to integrate our products to their equipment is very important to us. Parker Engineering has been known to make modifications to their products just to suit a single customer. We strive to always provide a quality product, excellent customer service and to remember that you, the customer, “educate us” with your wonderful knowledge
How did we get to where we are today? In the late 1970’s Don Parker had an idea/ invention that would revolutionize the world of coin acceptance. He was approached by a company that was trying to solve an expensive problem the gambling industry was experiencing with theft from their slot machines. Don had the idea that you could build a solid state electronic coin acceptor that would compare the metal content of coins as they dropped through the mechanism. This would allow the casino to have their own unique “chips” that could not be duplicated. It would also allow them to differentiate between all of the other chips from other casinos. The casinos were already spending great sums to mint these token chips that were being duplicated. He also knew that this mechanism had to have the ability to “see” when someone was trying to steal from the machine. Many sophisticated and not so sophisticated methods from tape and string to minting coins that matched the diameter and weight (which was the primary measure of a mechanical mechanism) were used to steal millions from the casinos. And so began the Slugbuster® family of products.
From our humble beginnings in a basement of Don & Gayla’s house, we as a family were
introduced into the car wash industry. With the success of the Slugbuster® in the gambling industry, word reached the car washing world that there was a product they may be interested in. From day one we came to appreciate what a harsh environment car washing really was- an outdoor environment with temperature variations that challenged most heat and freeze tests. Add that to the fact that most self serve washes did not have attendants on site that created challenges that we still respect today. Not only are the “normal” business challenges such as the economy, weather and competition popping up but there are so many additional ones. And like most owner/operators we think we’ve seen every type of fraud one can think of and then someone comes up with a new more insidious idea. And water, lots of warm soapy water that shows up in some of the most remarkable places in equipment boxes! We quickly grew to appreciate how hard car wash owners work for their income. Our first product was a single coin acceptor that was to replace the mechanical mechanisms that were the industry standard. We also introduced a solid state Bay and Grace Timer®. As the industry grew we introduced units that accepted both the quarter and the token (Slugbuster® II) which gives operators options to traditional “quarter only” acceptance. And finally we began the journey to dollar coin acceptance with the introduction of our Slugbuster® III. Our products are also found in some of the finest equipment available for Vending and POS.
We constantly strive to build a product that is tough enough to withstand the test of the elements, fraud, and every day wear and tear. We pride ourselves that many of those original units are still in operation today.
Family…….that’s how our business started and how we try to treat our customers still today. We are proud to have been a part of this industry for over 25 years. Our family will continue to provide our very best to each and every one of you.