If you have multiple cost centers, then the Multi-Unit Controller is an essential management tool for you. Multi-Unit manages multiple cost centers – what CostGuard calls Units – from the same computer.
You can have multiple units in a single building such as a hotel, resort, arena, or multi-theme restaurant. In this situation, one building has several different food outlets that you need to track and manage inventory. Or, you may have multiple off-site Units such as a production kitchen sending food to sales outlets. Or you may be an owner or manager of several operations in different locations. Multi-Unit Controller is designed to manage all of these different Units for you. For other possible configurations, click here.
The Multi-Unit Controller is available at www.costguard.com. You can purchase it with the optional Transfer Module. The Transfer Module sends Inventory or Prep items between units. The Transfer Module maintains the perpetual inventories in both units. For more information on the Transfer Module, click here.
To Create Additional Units
1. Save all work, and exit CostGuard. From the Main Screen of your computer, click Start, click [All] Programs, click CostGuard, and then Click Multi-Unit Controller.
Look for this icon in the folder . Since you are adding an additional unit, you need to exit CostGuard, and enter the Multi-Unit Controller from the main menu of your computer. A new directory will be created for each unit you enter. While it may be tempting to follow the path information to create a new directory without activating the Multi-Unit Controller, CostGuard cannot read the information.
In the center is your Currently Installed Unit(s): a purchased copy will normally show MAIN and SAMP as your units. Below that window is the Unit Status Information, which will tell you how many units you purchased, and how many more you can create. Click on the highlight for more information on the Purge and Check Integrity buttons.
2. Click the button.
3. For New Unit ID, type in a four-character
identifier for this unit. You can create a longer description in
the New Unit ID such as store number or address for reference.
Click the button.
It will take the computer a few minutes to create the unit, and add the new directory. CostGuard will keep you informed of the progress in the field directly above the Create Unit Button.
4. If you need to delete a unit, click button. A second popup will appear to confirm the deletion. If you still wish to delete the unit, click yes.
You cannot delete MAIN or SAMP. When you delete a unit, it is gone. The only way to resurrect it is from your back-ups. Be very careful about using this option. If you have closed an establishment with operating information, it is best to let it lie dormant, rather than delete it. You may need the information in it for accounting or other operational purposes. For more information on backups, click here.
5. Click Close to exit this screen. Click your CostGuard Icon to start the regular program. Click the button, and all of your units will appear. Use the mouse to highlight the new unit, and hit enter.
Enter your login name and password. Click Ok. For details on how to switch units without exiting the program, click here.
6. The Multi-Unit Controller has a separate Copy Command. You can use this feature to copy Inventory and Recipes from one unit to the New Unit.
Only use this option if the new unit is still blank. Once you enter in Inventory Items, all of the information will be lost. To use this option, click here.
If you want to return to the main program and add Inventory Items using another method, click here.
For more information on the Copy command for Multi-Unit Controller, click here.
Click here to go to the Transfer Module and learn how to transfer items between Units.
To return to the Requisition and Transfer Screen and then go to Requisitions, click here.