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NRA 2016 NEWS: Epson Announces Direct-Connect and Multi-Station KDS Controllers

Epson America, Inc. has announced its Direct-Connect KDS and Multi-Station KDS controller solutions for quick service restaurants (QSRs), hospitality VARs and their end users at the National Restaurant Association (NRA) show. Epson’s KDS solutions come with built-in intelligent printers that are easy to install and configure and can be used within existing kitchen workflows. The solutions will be demonstrated at NRA, May 21 – 24, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, Epson booth 6576, and will be readily available starting June 1, 2016, from Epson authorized resellers and distributors.
Epson’s KDS controller solutions pilot installations include Big Sizzler, a small family cafÉ in Ontario, Canada; Imperial Palms Resort, a family-friendly hotel and golf course in Holtville Calif.; Faderville, a sports bar & grill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada; Rich’s Burgers ‘n Grub, a small QSR, and Yoshi’s Enso Grill, a food truck line, both in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Epson’s KDS food order prep solutions are easy to install, configure and use for QSRs and hospitality VARs. They are reliable and have built-in smart printers that can serve as receipt or backup printers. The KDS controllers parse and drive the order to the kitchen display enabling order bumping.  Epson’s Direct-Connect KDS controller utilizes the OmniLink® TM-U220-i VGA or TM-T88V-i VGA to directly drive a kitchen display. Designed for expansion, Epson’s Multi-Station KDS controller leverages the OmniLink TM-U220-i COM to drive up to nine kitchen displays via convenient networked expansion modules. This solution offers greater efficiency, accuracy and redundancy for uninterrupted service, automatically rerouting orders if one station goes down, and providing a backup printer.
Epson KDS Benefits:
Features an intuitive configuration utility with simple graphical user interface that makes it easy to install, configure and use
Built-in intelligent printer allows receipt and back-up printing resulting in infrastructure cost savings
Because it’s POS agnostic, it doesn’t require any software modifications to the POS system resulting in lowering infrastructure investment
Saves space by combining two pieces of hardware into one, featuring a 50% smaller footprint than a standalone KDS controller and printer
Offers lower power consumption
Ensures proven reliability as QSRs keep running in case of display failure
Epson’s Multi-Station KDS seamlessly adds up to nine stations via KDS expansion modules connected to the KDS controller network to efficiently streamline food service operations
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