Express Logic's ThreadX(r) RTOS Powers Wincor Nixdorf Line of Reverse Vending Machines
Express Logic's ThreadX powers Wincor-Nixdorf's reverse vending machines, identifying the recyclable containers and posting receipts to the POS system before compacting the containers. Thanks to this solution, customers enjoy a more efficient, streamlined recycling experience while retailers avoid inventory discrepancies.
March 2, 2010 – Embedded World, Nuremberg, Germany ― Express Logic, Inc., the worldwide leader in royalty-free real-time operating systems (RTOS), announced today that Express Logic’s ThreadX® RTOS has been selected by Wincor-Nixdorf for their reverse vending machines (RVMs). Wincor-Nixdorf’s reverse vending machines facilitate consumer returns of recyclable containers through advanced technology. By using pioneering camera-based recognition technology, these reverse vending machines examine the shape and color of single bottles and cans, weigh them at the same time (full container recognition), and control the data logging and compacting mechanics all in a single, network-friendly device. Through automatic posting of the receipts to the POS system, retailers can ensure that an individual transaction receipt issued by the reverse vending system is only paid or credited once. This results in a significant reduction of inventory discrepancies.
Express Logic’s ThreadX RTOS controls the real-time operational needs of the machine from bottle identification to final receipt. ThreadX is designed for small-footprint, high-volume intelligent devices such as RVMs. ThreadX provides full real-time multithreading operation, including preemptive real-time scheduling, message-passing, interrupt management, and memory management services common to most embedded applications. ThreadX is designed to be easy to learn and use, helping developers to achieve rapid time to market.
"Wincor Nixdorf, the world’s leading provider of high-end banking and retail solutions, chose ThreadX for its robust in-field reputation in many applications to control our innovative reverse vending solutions,” commented Wincor Nixdorf. “ThreadX provides an optimal combination of footprint, performance and functionality, which delivers excellent support for real-time operations.”
Reverse vending machines significantly reduce the manual processing of empties, increasing staff productivity. Notably, such systems are widely accepted by consumers, who prefer to return their empty beverage containers at a reverse vending system to avoid waiting in line.
“Express Logic is proud that ThreadX plays a key role in the ingenuity of its customers’ products. We are thrilled to have assisted Wincor Nixdorf in achieving such an efficient solution for the retail industry,” said William E. Lamie, President of Express Logic. “Wincor Nixdorf is yet another example of our increasing adoption by successful, European cost- and environmentally-conscious developers.”
Shipping and Availability
ThreadX is available in full source code form, royalty free, at license prices starting at $12,500.
About Wincor Nixdorf
Wincor Nixdorf is one of the world’s leading providers of IT solutions and services to retailers and retail banking. Wincor Nixdorf’s broad portfolio is centered around optimizing business processes for banks and retail companies. Wincor Nixdorf aims in cutting costs and improving service for the end customer. Wincor Nixdorf leverages know-how from their core business with banks and retailers to diversify into related sectors. These include postal and lottery companies and hospitality and service station chain operators. With more than 9,000 employees Wincor Nixdorf is present in around 100 countries, thereof with 41 own subsidiary companies. Wincor Nixdorf is the leader in Europe for programmable electronic POS systems (EPOSs) and the number 2 in Europe and worldwide for automated teller machines. Wincor Nixdorf has production facilities at Paderborn, Ilmenau, Oberburg, Singapore, Shanghai and Sao Paolo.
About Express Logic and ThreadX
Headquartered in San Diego, CA, Express Logic offers the most advanced run-time solution for deeply embedded applications, including the popular ThreadX® RTOS, the high-performance NetX™ TCP/IP stack, the FileX™ embedded MS-DOS compatible file system, and the USBX™ Host/Device USB protocol stack. All products from Express Logic include full source-code and have no run-time royalties. For more information about Express Logic solutions, please visit the Web site at www.expresslogic.com, call 1-888-THREADX, or email inquires to email@example.com.