Mapping modifiers from your POS system follows the same basic principles as PMIX mapping. Modifiers are mapped to a product/recipe from your system, and then a scale is set based on how much of the unit of measurement is used. Setting up modifiers can vary widely between POS systems since it all depends on how they are set up. This article goes through a generic set up.
There are two places you can map your modifiers:
- By clicking on any menu item you will be able to see all the modifier options (see below).
- if you scroll down your PMIX mapping menu, you will see a menu containing all your modifiers. Selecting the modifier will display all the parent items it modifies (see below).
On this screen you will see the POS button name on the left of the screen; and what product/recipe it is mapped to on the right side of the screen.
Modifiers to Add Ingredients
If you want to map a modifier that adds products/recipes to all parent items, go to the PMIX screen and select the modifier you want to map. Select the “mapped to” dropdown menu and choose the product/recipe you want to be added when the modifier is selected. When you do this, the count by unit will automatically populate. To set the amount of this product/recipe that will be used, you will need to set the scale.
In the example below, we mapped the recipe “cooked bacon” to the “add bacon” modifier. Because this recipe is measured by the piece, we set the scale of “2” to represent 2 pieces of bacon being used each time the “add bacon” modifier is applied to any of the parent items below.
Modifiers to Remove Ingredients
You can also have a modifier that removes a product/recipe from the parent item. Go to the PMIX screen and select the modifier you would like to map (in the example below, we use “no bread”).
To remove the product from all parent items the modifier affects, enter “removed product” to the selected product/recipe and set the scale. In this example, we have removed a bread bun, and this adjustment will be applied to any parent items the modifier is applied to.
Alternatively, it is also possible to set up a modifier to remove different ingredients from different menu items. In the example below, the “no cheese” modifier will remove cheddar cheese from the cheeseburger, feta cheese from the Greek burger and mozzarella cheese from the Caprese panini.
Important! When setting the scale for a mapping an item you are removing, do not use a negative number - we’ll do the math for you.
Modifiers with Substitution Ingredients
Modifiers can also be configured to substitute ingredients. This can be done by using the processes for both adding a product/recipe and removing a product/recipe. In the example below, you can see that we have substituted a whole wheat bun for a sesame bun on all the sandwiches listed. Because each sandwich uses the same bread, you can apply the substitution to all sandwiches; we simply add “whole wheat bun” and remove “sesame seed bun.”
What if your substitution takes out different items based on the parent item? No problem, you can use the bottom view to remove specific products based on the parent item the modifier affects. If you leave it blank but the "Removed Product" is selected for the modifier in the top view, it will be assumed that the product/recipe is taken out each time it’s rung up. If you only fill it out for a specific parent item in the bottom view, it will only be taken out in that particular instance.
See the example below for substituting Swiss cheese in three sandwiches.
Finally, we provide an option to "Scale Override” if you need to change the quantity of a product/recipe being added to a specific item affected by the modifier. In the example below, you can see an example of how "scale override" might be used in practice. Here we have a "rib combo" which can come with 1, 2 or 3 ribs, and scale override allows you to use these modifier buttons to reflect this.
Scale override will only work if the scale of the parent button is set to 1. If this cannot be achieved by mapping a product or recipe you'll need to create (or modify) a recipe to accomplish this.