RPOWER includes a full function Kitchen Video System (KVS), no additional software is required. In most instances no additional computers are required as controllers either, as any existing workstation with an available external video port and an available serial port may be used to control one KVS monitor and bump bar.
RPOWER uses the Logic Controls KB1701 (Serial or USB) bump bar with legend B.
Any monitor with a minimum resolution of 800 x 600 may be used, however higher resolutions will support ten order "windows" while lower resolutions will only support eight. For details see the Normal Font section of Define Device, below.
USB Bump Bar
There is a separate template file for each KVS unit. Once a bump bar is programed for a particular KVS unit, it can be plugged into any computer running RPOWER at the site. RPOWER uses UDP signalling for this to work.
Download the KVS templates from Guest FTP\RPOWER Auxiliary Installation Files\Logic Controls Bematech KB1700
- Run KBWN.exe.
- In the first pop-up (Select Communication Port), select Port Name USB.
- A window with a Keyboard Layout will pop-up. From the menu bar select
Keyboard on the top menu and select KB1700. Push OK to clear the active
- Then select Template on the top menu and select Import Text Data.
- Navigate to the folder you downloaded and select the KB1700-KVSx.txt for the unit you
are attaching this bump bar to. Where x is the number of the KVS unit (I.E. KVS1, KVS2)
- Select Confirguation at the top menu and select Config KB Properties. At
the bottom, change the Inter-characters delay (ms) from 2 to 1. Push OK.
- Select Configuration on the top menu and select Write Into KB. Wait for 30
seconds or so for it to finish.
- Unplug the unit before configuring another one. Then plug it in to its
- When exiting the software push No to save the file if you are asked.
Add New device(s):
Device Name: KVS1 (KVS2, KVS3, KVS4...)
Type: Kitchen Video Monitor
Sides/Drawer#/ID#: 1 (2,3,4..., corresponding to above)
Initialize: Bumping an order off a KVS unit stops the clock on that check and captures the time so that it can later be exported to a SQL database. Adjust this behavior by putting one of the following in this field (separated by a comma from any other options): CTOB - Continue Timer on Bump. Does not stop the timer when the order is bumped (presumably to another KVS unit). RTOB - Reset Timer on Bump starts the timer over again at zero on bump (presumably to another KVS unit). This is useful for
Preorder KVS units.
Deinitialize: A number corresponding to the ID of a kvs or letter of a remote printer to cascade/bump to. Leave blank if this is the final device.
Feed/Open/Clear: 4,5,6 (additional units to bump items from)
Normal Font: Horizontal resolution of unit (800 (x600, 4x2), 1024 (x768, 4x2), 1280 (x1024, 4x2 ), 1440 (x900, 5x2), 1680 (x1050, 5x2), 1920 (x1080, 5x2)).
- Note: For "Big" font, append a "B" to the resolution, e.g., 800B, 1024B.
- Note: Horizontal resolutions of 1440 and greater will display with 10 order "boxes", lesser resolutions display with eight order "boxes".
H-Pos 1/2LF: Horizontal displacement of unit if using the secondary display of the computer, i.e., the horizontal resolution of the primary monitor (640, 800, 1024, 1440, 1680, 1920, negative OK for left displacement).
Define Devices on Site
Devices on Site:
Add New device(s):
RPOWER workstation name: KVS1 (KVS2, KVS3, KVS4...)
- Important Note: The workstation name must include a number,
KVSalone will not work.
Port: Serial port to which the bump bar is connected
Access Method: H (Shared RPOWER)
Device "label": KVS1 (KVS2, KVS3, KVS4...,Optional)
COM Port Parameters: Default values should be correct
Device is a...: Select corresponding device definition
Define Output Destinations
Add New destination(s):
Destination name: Descriptive name for destination i.e. **Hot Line Video, **Expo Video
Remote? must be checked
"Preorder KVS (or printer): Checked only if using unit as a preorder destination, and NOT using KVS to KVS bump forwarding (cascading). A preorder destination "grabs" all designated items and only prints to other designated destinations upon bump.
Normal Routing: Select corresponding device on site
Include output destinations defined above in appropriate workstation output destinations.
Menu Sales Categories
Menu Sales Categories:
Include output destination defined above in
Printers for appropriate categories (or
Printers at menu item level)
Windows Display Settings
If not using a dedicated, single monitor KVS unit, from Control Panel, Display, Settings, drag the second (and third, fourth...) monitors to their locations relative to the primary monitor.
From My Network Places navigate to the file server and run RPOWER. At the questionnaire, answer Yes to
Start with Windows?, No to
Blank Desktop?, Display Settings as appropriate for the primary monitor (if it will be an RPOWER workstation, others as appropriate.
and edit the _workstation.ini to set
Right click and rename the desktop RPOWER icon to KVS1 (KVS2, KVS2-3, etc).
Right click the new icon, and go to properties. In
Target: append: -xstart:kvs1 (-xstart:kvs2,...) as appropriate.
Make the same changes to the RPOWER icon found in the
Startup folder, except possibly renaming it (for clarity) to StartupKVS1, or StartupKVS2-3.
- Important note: While it is okay to copy and paste from the desktop icon to the startup folder on a client (non-file server) type workstation, it is NOT okay on a fileserver, the
Start in:parameters are different. Append the
xstartitems manually to the properties of the startup icon..
The setup for a dedicated KVS unit, driving two or more displays, is a bit different. Append something like -bg -xstart:KVS1 -xstart:KVS2 to the
Target: command line.(bg starts a background RPOWER that, in turn, starts the KVS).
As noted above, the font may be made "Big" by appending a "B" to the monitor resolution set in the
Normal Font field.
Menu items (including modifiers) may be displayed in their button color by enabling
Send Item Color in the
Printers section of
Menu Item Setup. To access Printers, modifiers must be defined as either
Price-Hidden Add-Ons or as
Regular Menu Items (they will still behave as modifiers). Also in Printers, enabling
Blink Item will cause RPOWER to blink the item's display. Enabling
Blink Meal on a modifier-type item will cause RPOWER to blink not only the modifier, but the base item and all other modifiers attached as well.
For non-delivery orders (I and O but not D), the background color of the elapsed time displayed on each order is hard coded to the following values:
<5 minutes - Green, 5-10 minutes - Yellow, 10-15 minutes - Orange, >15 minutes - Red
By default, the mouse pointer is hidden on the KVS screen. To make the cursor show, add a Workstation named KVSx (where x is the KVS number 1-8) with the Mouse option checked in Station Hardware.
No other options need to be set besides that one.
Allow item level bumping on KVS. Both are the same.
KVS Slicing (When adding items to an existing check, the system will send only new items to the KVS. Default is to send the whole check again)
You may create an INI file for each KVS unit to override display settings.
Make a new file called _KVSx.ini where x is the number of the unit.
Add XRES= to the desired resolution. For 1280x1000 you would set XRES=1280,1000