MO-CLEAN/14 aka. 'the banker' removes traces of cocaine from banknotes MO-CLEAN/14 aka. 'the banker' removes traces of cocaine from banknotes
oct 13, 2014

MO-CLEAN/14 aka. 'the banker' removes traces of cocaine from banknotes

MO-CLEAN/14 aka. ‘the banker’ removes traces of cocaine from banknotes

 

 

 

a study conducted in 2009 by chemist yuegang zuo from the university of massachusetts revealed that up to 90% of banknotes in the united states contain traces of cocaine — from between 0.006 micrograms to 1.24 micrograms per bill. zuo’s research confirmed that there was an increase of 20% of the quantity coke transported on paper money compared to an earlier study in 2007.

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MO-CLEAN/14 aka. ‘the banker’ is mean to reference a standard copy machine you would find in any corporate office

 

 

 

in 2008, following these statistics, francesco morackini responded to these numbers by developing a complex machine in the form of ‘MO-CLEAN/14 aka. the banker’ which at its essence, automatically and systematically detects traces of cocaine from banknotes. he has further developed the concept now by unassumingly giving it the form of a standard office copy or distributor machine one would find at their local bank branch. the device encompasses five different functions housed within the appliance: banknote counting machine; banknote cleaning machine; centrifuge; high performance liquid chromatograph (HPLC) and mas-spectrometer.

 

 

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the appliance houses five functions in order to distill the cocaine down to a purity of 99%

 

 

 

the bills are placed within the counting machine which are then scanned and cleaned through the use of solvents. the extracted substances are then distributed into a centrifuge and divided according to their varying densities. at this phase, the cocaine is then transferred into the HPLC unit, separating the matter and ejecting it into the MS control unit. in this final step the various components detected in the HPLC are separated and controlled, finally deliver 99% pure cocaine crystals.

 

‘MO-CLEAN/14 aka. ‘the banker” is all about taking the business of banking to new highs.

 

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breakdown of functions

 

mo clean removes traces of cocaine from banknotes designboom
key functions

 

mo clean removes traces of cocaine from banknotes designboom
the machine counts and cleans banknotes

 

mo clean removes traces of cocaine from banknotes designboom
the traces of cocaine are distributed into a centrifuge which separates the components

 

mo clean removes traces of cocaine from banknotes designboom
in its final step, MO-CLEAN/14 aka. ‘the banker’ outputs 99% pure cocaine crystals

  • “by developing” – developing or designing?

    Amadeusz Juskowiak says:
  • A great product until you start to extract the cocaine from the cleaning solution, at which point the operator becomes a drug producer.

    Gordon says:
  • Hilarious – even down to the 500 Euro stack which as we all know is so common in the US 🙂 Love it

    mikka says:
  • okokok, who keeps the coke? is reinserted into the social tissue? improves efficiency of the operator? cut down costs on fridays office parties??
    what was the need to clean the bills’??
    hahahahahaha
    can’t believe it

    mariano badaracco says:

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