Sean Farrell

By: Sean Farrell on December 8th, 2015

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Product Comparison: The Hyosung MoniSafe 500 vs. The ARCA CM18

Cash Automation | Retail

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It is interesting to look at these two cash recyclers side by side because, for me, it’s like comparing apples to oranges. While the CM18 is a good looking, tech savvy unit; I would say it really only serves low to moderate volume locations well. The MoniSafe 500 is truly designed to be a recycler for high volume locations and institutions that are looking to improve overall branch cash management between multiple devices. Below are the pros and cons of each machine so that you can make an educated decision about which one will best fit your needs.


  • All cash is dispensed from a secure safe
  • No need to sort, count or dispense bills – they are immediately verified and sorted by denomination
  • Offers 8, 10, and 12 RSM units – modular upgrades from 8 to 10 or 12
  • User indicator lights allow two tellers to use the cash recycler at one time
  • Multi-media user interface instructs customers of functionality, offers inventory display and instructs bank employees how to troubleshoot when errors occur.
  • Simple USB or network integration
  • Sharp machine design with a small footprint
  • Ability to use as a discriminator for cash deposit counting


  • Capacity = only 4,000 to 6,000 notes based on configuration
  • No continuous feed functionality – delay of 30-60 seconds in between each bundle
  • Feeder has been a known weakness of device
  • Currency can curl due to RSM-based processing|

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Hyosung MS500: PROS

  • Very, very fast – 12 notes per second both in and out
  • Continuous Feed allowing for even faster processing of deposits
  • High capacity unit with over 10,000 notes of recycling storage
  • Bi-Directional Overflow cassette allows the unit to handle peaks and valleys of cash
  • External Transit Cassette allows for exposure free loading or off-loading of the recycler – Can also move money to other 500A units in the branch.
  • Cassette based storage allows money to stay flat
  • Attractive design, easily assimilates into most teller environments
  • Self-Audit Capability allows unit to audit itself without exposing cash or taking staff time
  • 7” Screen for diagnostics and inventory viewing 

Hyosung MS500: CONS

  • Installation Base – new unit launched in November of 2015 so not many references
  • Towards the higher end of the price scale based on feature set that comes with it
  • No sit down model available currently


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These units really couldn’t be more different on just about every level. Arca has built a great brand around a solid product, however if the location is busy or capacity is a need that you require, there really is no comparison.

Read our other cash recycler blog articles to learn more. 

About Sean Farrell

Sean has been in the business since 2003 and always aims to be an expert on whatever solutions QDS is providing. Sean has grown into a thought leader in the space through research and company growth. Sean holds strongly to his Christian faith and uses those principles to guide the business.