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Kitchen Printer Set Up

A kitchen printer is used to print order details from a sale so that the chef can prepare the meals. Usually you have a receipt printer next to the POS to print a receipt for the customer and a kitchen printer in the kitchen area to print the orders for the chef. Likewise in a bar environment, cocktail drinks or teas and coffees may be assigned to a specific printer for preparation.

The actual kitchen printer device itself is defined as a device on the till, similar to a receipt printer, and is set up using Till. This task, Kitchen Printer Setup, is used to define which items within a sale transaction actually need to be sent to a kitchen printer.

You can define as many different rules as you need. For example, you could set one rule to specify all items in the FOOD department to print to the kitchen printer or you could define one rule for starters to print to a kitchen printer and another rule for main courses to print to a second printer by specifying the appropriate category. You can send the same items to more that one kitchen printer by defining two rules for the same.

You can set up kitchen printing to be based on a kitchen printer code, for example Entree, Main, Dessert. Each item can be assigned a kitchen printer code. This allows complete flexibility when defining the kitchen printers that items should be sent to. Dept/Cat/Groups are still used, so the full selection criteria is Dept/Cat/Groups and Kitchen Printer code. If you leave the Dept/Cat/Groups empty then only the Kitchen Printer code will be used for selection.

Figure: Example Kitchen Printers Screen

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