Arc Roaster (multi barrel lab roaster) - Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup (beta)

This manual explains how to set up more than one instance of the Roasting Intelligence, in order to track sample roasts on multi barrel Arc roasters with USB port (manufactured from May 2020 onwards) to Cropster Roasting Intelligence.

Specifications

Requirements

Supported measurements

  • Bean temperature
  • Exhaust temperature
  • Inlet temperature

Multi barrel setup

Downloading the startup script

The second step is to download the startup script

  1. Download the Roasting Intelligence from https://download-beta.cropster.com/
  2. The Cropster installer leads you through all the installation steps.
  3. Download the multibarrel startup script below and save it to the desktop.

Configuring the startup script

The startup script is preconfigured for a four barrel sample roaster. If your roaster has fewer than four barrels, you will need to adapt the file first. Follow the steps based on your computer's operating system:

MacOS

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  1. Double-click the .zip file to decompress the .command file.
  2. Right-click on the .command file, select Open With and choose the Text edit application.
  3. The file contains four text blocks as shown below. Each block refers to one barrel of your roaster.
  4. Refer to the machine and identify the number of barrels you are setting up.
    The amount of barrels on your roaster must match the amount of blocks on the file.
  5. Starting from the bottom of the file, delete the text blocks until there are as many text blocks as there are barrels on the roaster.
    e.g. If you have a two barrel roaster, you need to delete the last two text blocks. 
  6. Save your changes to the file.

Continue with Opening the Roasting Intelligence (for Mac).

Windows

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  1. Right click on the vbs. file, select Open With and choose the Notepad application.
  2. The file contains four text blocks as shown below. Each block refers to one barrel of your roaster.
  3. Refer to the machine and identify the number of barrels you are setting up.
    The amount of barrels on your roaster must match the amount of blocks on the file.
  4. Starting from the bottom of the file, delete the text blocks until there are as many text blocks as there are barrels on the roaster.
    e.g. If you have a two barrel roaster, you need to delete the last two text blocks. 
  5. Save your changes to the file.

Continue with the Opening the Roasting Intelligence (for Windows).

Roasting Intelligence (RI) setup

Opening the Roasting Intelligence (RI)

To open several instances of the Roasting Intelligence (RI), follow the steps below. 

Windows

If you are using Windows, double-click the startup script (RoastingIntelligence41beta.vbs). Several instances of the Roasting Intelligence will open.

MacOS

If using MacOS, you will need to make the start script executable. 

  1. Download the make_executable.zip to your desktop.
  2. Unpack the file by double-clicking it. It will create a new file called make_executable.
  3. Unpack the start script file (RoastingIntelligenceBeta42.command.zip)
    It will create a file called RoastingIntelligenceBeta42.command.
  4. Drag the RoastingIntelligenceBeta42.command file on top of the extracted make_executable automator file.
     
  5. Click Open in the following dialog. Nothing visually will happen, but the file will now be executable.
  6. Double-click the startup script (RoastingIntelligenceBeta42.command). Several instances of the Roasting Intelligence will open.

Linux

Check how to run a sh-file on Linux or issue a support ticket for further assistance. 

Roasting Intelligence (RI) configuration

Lastly, please enter the machine preferences of each instance of the RI. 

  1. Log in to the Roasting Intelligence (RI).
  2. Go to Account > Preferences > Machine tab.
  3. Under Roast machine, select the item that refers to the first barrel. Each barrel will be reflected as a line item (e.g. Arc Roasters Drum 1, Arc Roasters Drum 2...) 
  4. Select Arc Roaster from the drop-down for all measurements.
  5. Click on the gear () icon to open the PID-settings. 
  6. Select the Serial port referring to your roast machine and select the Temperature unit displayed on your machine's readouts.
    Choose a different serial port in each RI instance.
    • Serial port:
      Windows: choose the COM option that refers to the roaster's connection.
      Mac: choose the USB option that refers to the roaster's connection.
    • Temperature unit: choose Celsius or Fahrenheit according to the temperature unit displayed from the machine's temperature readouts.
  7. Save changes and repeat for the remaining barrels.

If the setup was successful you will be able to see temperature values on the right-hand side of the RI screen, after the restart.

Note: Choose a different serial port in each RI instance.

Connecting a barrel's USB cable to a different port in the computer may reassign the Serial port leading to No sources connected. Select the serial port for the barrel again from the RI's Machine preferences to restablish the connection.

Troubleshooting

If the RI indicates No source connected and/or you cannot see any measurements, please check the following: 

  • Is the roast machine connected to the computer? 
  • Have you downloaded the driver for the USB serial converter, according to the manufacturing year of the machine?
  • Is the correct serial port within the RI selected?

No Sources connected / No temperature readouts

Connecting the USB cable of an Arc Roaster's barrel to a different port in the computer may reassign (or rename) the Serial port. Because of the serial port reassignment, the Roasting Intelligence (RI) cannot load the serial port saved prior because it has changed, leading to No sources connected.

Congratulations! You have successfully set up the Cropster Roasting Intelligence!

Check out our Getting started video and enjoy tracking your first roasts! 

More manuals and videos can be found on help.cropster.com.