In bowling, a pinsetter, or pinspotter, was originally a person who manually reset bowling pins to their correct position, cleared fallen pins, and returned bowling balls to players. Probably due to the nature of the work (low-paid, often part-time, manual labor that most frequently took place evenings), many pinsetters were teenaged boys, and thus pinboy is another name used to describe the job. In 1936 Gottfried Schmidt invented the mechanical pinsetter while with the AMF firm, which largely did away with pinsetting as a manual profession, although a small number of bowling alleys still use human pinsetters. While humans usually no longer set the pins, a pinchaser, or in slang 'pin monkey', often is stationed near the equipment to ensure that it is clean and working properly, and to clear minor jams.
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Many pinsetters are integrated with electronic scoring systems of varying sophistication. While many pinsetters have a manual reset button to use in case the pinsetter does not automatically activate at the correct time, other types have no automatic tracking of the state of the game.
GS Series-first introduced in 1985-are the best-selling pinsetters ever. More than 80% of the 650 bowling lanes in Las Vegas-among the busiest in the world -use latest generation GS-X pinsetters. On-demand pinsetting appeals to serious bowlers by allowing centers to offer spare practice with any combination.
And the GS-X is designed to handle pins gently, so they don't have to be replaced as often. That means less pin nicks, gouges or other damage with every game.