Carmomaq Laboratto (multi barrel lab roaster) - Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup (beta)

This manual explains how to set up more than one instance of the Roasting Intelligence, for multi barrel Carmomaq Laboratto roast machines, with Novus N1040T PID controllers, to Cropster's Roasting Intelligence.

Specifications

Requirements

  • USB cable
  • Driver for the USB serial converter

Note: The driver may be already be pre-installed with your operating system.

    Supported measurements

    • Bean temperature

    Multi barrel setup

    Downloading the startup script

    Download the startup script

    1. Download the Roasting Intelligence from https://download.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 roast machine, 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 (RI) 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 (RoastingIntelligence42.command.zip)
      It will create a file called RoastingIntelligence42.command.
    4. Drag the RoastingIntelligence42.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 (RoastingIntelligence42.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. Carmomaq Laboratto Barrel 1, Carmomaq Laboratto Barrel 2...) 
    4. Select Generic Modbus over serial port from the drop-down for all measurements.
    5. Click on the gear () icon to open more settings. 
    6. Copy the settings as shown in the screenshot below:
      • Serial port:
        Windows: Choose the COM option that refers to the connection to the roaster.

        Mac: Choose the USB option that refers to the connection to the roaster.

    7. Save the changes, then repeat the steps for the remaining barrels, from each RI instance.

    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.

    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 reestablish 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? 
    • 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.