In every Bonator the complete list of food and
beverages inclusive corresponding item modifiers (e.g.. medium, welldone, hot, cold, etc.
) are stored. The input of orders can easily be done by means of direct-selection keys,
which can be identified by useful graphic symbols. There are several keyboards for various
lines of business available. Of course booking is also possible in the traditional way by
entering item numbers or prices.
"Due to the portable qualities and especially to the independent
working hardware structure of the Bonator it is possible to obtain from every installed
handheld terminal comprehensive sales and inventory reports at any time."
A waiter enters the food and beverage
orders of the guests into his Bonator and transmits them via the built in transmission
unit or by wired takeoff racks to the points of dispensing and preparation, e.g. kitchen
and/or bar counter. The orders will be printed out on receipt printers, shown on monitors,
or passed automatically to the dispensing system and visualised there by flare signals.
The output on a display instead on a printer has the advantage that the incoming orders
can be sorted regarding various criterions e.g. table#, waiter#, item#.
"If the cook wants to know how many salads he has to
prepare at once, or whom the prepared meals belong, or who has been waiting at longest for
his order, he only has to press the corresponding key on the kitchen terminal and he will
Depending on the system authority the user obtains from every installed
Bonator reports concerning guest-, table-, waiter-, and total
sales, as well inventory- and tax information for the actual or accumulated period.
"If you want to check your stock or to discuss with your
tax adviser, simply take the Bonator along with you, which has stored all the
The Bonator operates by remote control or by wired takeoff racks various
dispensing systems like electronic beverage taps or coffee machines. That means the
barkeeper is informed instantaneously by light signals and/or LCD display about the orders
of the guests or rather what the waiters typed into their portable Bonator terminals. This
working method is also called credit system, as the different taps are only switched free
if someone entered corresponding orders into his terminal. Nevertheless depending on the
volume of business it is also possible to switch over to the so-called waiter self-service
mode, what means that a waiter pours out the beverages himself from the dispenser without
the need to book in advance.
"It does not take longer than a pulse beat from ordering
till pouring out beverages. Hectic idle runnings of the waiters can be avoided, what
improves the atmosphere of the restaurant."
Only few key hits are necessary and the Bonator reports about all open table
bills as well detailed orders of every single guest. In order to select the various guest
accounts, it is possible to display the table with the seats graphically on the LCD
display. The waiter only has to place the cursor on the proper seat and the Bonator
informs about the open bill of the specified guest. Moreover large bills can be split by
transferring items between the different guest/seat accounts. The Bonator calculates also
the change amount, as well deals with necessary currency conversions.
"Errorfree working results, till now only achievable with a
high qualified staff, are now also possible for part-time employees without stress."
In every installed Bonator terminal all the data and program functions are stored separately on solid state
semiconductors, and a second backup-cell ensures the data retention for several years. If
more than one Bonator terminal are installed, they will backup mutually, what leads to a
multiple data and program security compared with systems where a central PC server with
mechanical hard drives is continuously necessary.
"Everybody who knows from experience what it means to have
a data or program loss on a PC caused by e.g. power failure or hard drive crash will
appreciate the Bonator's datasecurity features."
It is important to mention that absolutely no radio link is
necessary to enter orders in front of the guests into the Bonator. Radio is only applied
for a short period as soon as the entered orders are transmitted in bundled data packages
to the bar or into the kitchen.
A special data protocol accepts only 100% correct data transmissions and in
case of a break the terminal requests the user by a message on the display to improve his
position to the relay-station.
Inserting the handheld terminal into a takeoff and charging rack initiates
also an automatic data transmission by wire of the entered orders. So the Bonator inserted
permanently into the mentioned rack can be compared with a classic stationary cash
"Worldwide the above described features arent offered
a second time by any other portable cash register producer, and so EGH-Industries wants to
dissociate its technology from all other walkie-talkies,
which need for operation a permanent radio link to an office-computer, what means that
they can be disturbed by external influences at any occasion."
Moreover the high quality
standard of the Bonator technology is also ensured by the fact, that only original and
proved OEM firmware runs inside the Bonator terminals. So for a distributor it is not necessary to struggle with third party
software problems if he wants to offer his customers state-of-the-art technology.
The Bonator autoControl system has
been honoured by an
international jury within the "Mercur 99" award as an innovative technology.