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DCAL Computer Systems has acquired all rights, assets and product offerings of Acorn Management Systems, including UNItroller management and UNIkey access control products, and has established the "Acorn Products Division" to market and support the Acorn Products.

DCAL has been serving customers in the dry cleaning and laundry business as well as other markets for more than 12 years. One of the primary commitments of DCAL is customer support. DCAL professionals stay in touch with customers and provide them an 800- number to use should they any information or support services.

In an offering to show goodwill, the company is also currently honoring all paid service-support agreements for Acorn Management Systems Inc. customers. Simply send a copy of your paid agreement to our office, and service will be honored at no additional charge to the customer for the remainder of the agreement period. The support agreements from Acorn Products Division begin when the previous agreements expire.

Acorn Products have been serving the computerized management and access-control needs of the self-storage industry for more than a decade. Acorn Products have contributed to the growth of the industry and have been enhanced to meet increasing demands for more secure facilities. Today, Acorn Products are poised to meet new challenges and to expand their influences in the self-storage industry as well as new markets.


Acorn's primary products for the self-storage industry include, but are not limited to the following:

UNItroller--Self-Storage Management Software

UNIkey--Access Control Software System

Unique Vertical Lift Gate--and other types of automated gates.


Acorn offers various levels of UNItroller software to accommodate individual needs. The most current version is UNItroller IV, which includes the Custom Reporting Module that allows the user unlimited reporting capabilities. In addition to Acorn's Daily Maintenance and Inspection (DMI) report, the UNItroller IV now offers the HOT DMI and Facility Maintenance report, providing the user with an even more efficient way to keep an eye on what is going on at the facility. The following are the current versions of Acorn's management software.

  • UNItroller 300 (Handles up to 320 units)
  • UNItroller 3000 (Accommodates unlimited number of units)
  • UNImax (Processes multiple data sets from various sites)
  • UNIcentral (Communications software that allows the central office to receive data from multiple sites by modem)

The management software generates a DMI report that furnishes the manager with the necessary information to track each unit. Any unit not meeting all of the standards defined by the software will automatically appear on the DMI report. These units are checked off during the physical inspections, so if something happens to one of the units there will be an evident time frame for the occurrence. Acorn suggests two daily physical checks of the facility using the DMI report. This action narrows the window for occurrences, so stay in control of your facility no matter the size.


  • Acorn's access-control system includes UNIkey access control IBM-compatible software and a 24-volt power supply, which receives a four-wire, 18-gauge shielded cable that is run to each keypad outside. A typical UNIkey package includes the software, power supply, two electronic talking keypads with enclosures, two gooseneck stands and a 250-foot spool of the shielded cable to hook the keypads back to the power supply. The software checks the keypads 24 hours a day to make sure they are functioning properly. The software has audit-trail capabilities to tell you who has entered your facility, how long they were there and when they left.


Acorn is enthused about the opportunities in the self-storage industry and beyond. The company is checking into ways to advance its software products in other markets such as apartment complexes, private parking for corporations, marinas, corporate storage areas, and almost any place where access control is needed.

Acorn Products Division of DCAL Computer Systems meets the need for self-storage security products through the sale of vertical lift gates and UNIkey access control systems. But it also responds to the need for management software that provides self-storage owners and managers with accounting data, ratios and percentages to help them evaluate their operations.

For more information on DCAL Computer Systems and Acorn Products Division, contact Darrell Potts or Gary Trook at 4100 Adams Road, P.O. Box 3936, Bartlesville, OK 74006; (800) 328-DCAL; fax (918) 335-0240; e-mail

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