by Brett Latz
K-State News and Communications Services
Communications and Marketing Division

Manhattan – Carl R. Kansas State University’s Institute for Technology Development in the Ice College of Engineering helped The Manhattan Company develop custom equipment that reduces labor and production time for its unique coin stamping business.

Custom commemorative coin manufacturing company DB Metals needed a coin counter to streamline the packaging and finishing process after bringing coin manufacturing in-house in 2021. Commercially available coin counters only handle standard coins such as pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. The coins produced by DB Metals are very large in size and will not run through the machines.

K-State owner and alumnus Dakota Barthel said, “I tried reaching out to companies that make commercial coin counters and asked if they could produce a custom machine that could accommodate the size of the coins we produced ” “Most companies did not respond, and those that did were not interested in building one or two machines to meet our specific needs.”

Bartel read about the Institute for Technology Development and sought help in building a hand-operated machine capable of counting exactly 20 coins and packing the coins into a sleeve.

The institute created custom equipment by modifying a coin machine to accept larger DB metal coins by 3D printing several parts on the existing machine to work with the larger coin sizes. The new system is capable of counting and packaging coins in seconds. A portion of the project was funded by an innovation fund provided by the Kansas Department of Commerce.

“DB Metals is an interesting and innovative small company that has carved out its niche in the market and continues to expand and grow,” said John Bloomfield, Director of Engineering at the Technology Development Institute. “We look forward to continuing to work with Dakota and the team at DB Metals to develop new custom solutions for them in the future.”

This project was completed in support of the K-State 105 initiative, which is Kansas State University’s response to a call for comprehensive economic development and advancement solutions for Kansas. This initiative leverages the statewide K-State Research and Extension network to bring the full breadth of the university’s collective knowledge and solution-driven innovation to every Kansan, no matter where they live and work. Additionally, K-State 105 builds connections and partnerships that access additional expertise within other state institutions and agencies, nonprofits, and corporations – all to build additional capacity and strength in each of the state’s 105 counties. part of the effort.

The K-State Technology Development Institute, a U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration university center, provides a wide range of engineering and business development services to both private industry and university researchers to advance the commercial readiness of new products or technologies.

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