Coffeetool R-models (from September 2015 onwards) - Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup

This manual covers the connection of a Coffeetool machine manufactured from September 2015 onwards to Cropster's Roasting Intelligence.

 

The following article and its screenshots refer to the Roasting Intelligence (RI5). 

In case you previously used the Roasting Intelligence (RI4) we kindly invite you to check the newly improved features of RI5. 

To upgrade to RI5, please download the Roasting Intelligence (RI5).

Specifications

Requirements

  • Allan Bradley PLC
  • Ethernet cable

Supported measurements

The Gas, Drum speed control, and Airflow control features are currently available in beta for Coffeetool roast machines manufactured between...

  • September 2015 – June 2019
  • June 2021 onwards

If you haven't been invited to participate in the beta program for this integration, but you are interested in participating and testing the feature, please sign up here.

Coffeetool roast machines, manufactured between June 2019 – June 2021, are not compatible for Cropster's Control features.

Setting up a connection

There are two ways to connect your roast machine to the network:

Via the computer 

  1. Connect the network cable to your roaster's Ethernet port 
  2. Connect the other end to the computer's Ethernet port.

Proceed with the Network settings.

Via the network router

  1. Connect your network cable to your roaster's Ethernet port.
  2. Connect the other end to the router's Ethernet port.
  3. Make sure that your computer and the router are connected (via Wi-Fi or Ethernet cable). 

Proceed with the Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup.

Network settings

When the roaster is connected to the computer directly, you need to set up a static IP address. 

Static IP address configuration - Windows 7, 8, 10

  1. Go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center
    or enter ncpa.cpl in the Windows search field.
  2. On the left panel, click the Change adapter settings link.
  3. Identify the network adapter-icon that refers to the roast machine connection.
    If you are not sure which icon refers to the roast machine, simply disconnect and reconnect the ethernet cable and check which icon changes its status.
  4. Right-click the network adapter and select Properties.
  5. Select the Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) option and click the Properties button.
  6. Select Use the following IP Address option.
  7. Enter the specific IP Address for your roaster and replace the fourth number block with 42:
    In this example the IP address of the machine is 192.168.1.200.
    • IP Address: 192.168.1.42
      Important: The first three blocks of the IP address need to match the IP address of your roaster, as identified via the roaster's panel
    • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
    • Leave the rest blank
  8. Click the OK button to submit your changes.

    Proceed with the Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup.

      Static IP address configuration - MacOS 

      1. Go to > System Preferences > Network
      2. Identify the Network connection item that refers to the connection to your machine and select that item.
        If you are not sure which icon refers to the roast machine, simply disconnect and reconnect the Ethernet cable and check which icon changes its status.
      3. Open the Configure IPv4 dropdown and choose Manually.
      4. Enter the specific IP Address for your roaster and replace the fourth number block with 42:
        In this example the IP address of the machine is 192.168.1.200.
        • IP Address: 192.168.1.42
          Important: The first three blocks of the IP address need to match the IP address of your roaster, as identified via the roaster's panel
        • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
        • Leave the rest blank
      5. Click the Apply button to confirm the changes. 

      Proceed with the Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup.

          Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup

          Installing the Roasting Intelligence (RI) software

              1. Download the Roasting Intelligence from https://download.cropster.com/
              2. The Cropster installer leads you through all the installation steps.
              3. Open the RI by double-clicking the Cropster icon on the desktop
              4. Enter your username and password.
                The user name is the email address your Cropster invitation has been sent to and use the password you've generated when accepting the invitation.
              5. Check the Remember credentials box if you want to be able to run the RI offline.
              6. Click the Login button.
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          Establishing a connection to the machine

              1. If you are setting up RI for the first time, click the Select machine button in the banner at the top or click Gear > Configuration bottom left to access the machine preferences screen. Screenshot 2024-01-15 at 11.56.28
              2. Select the Roasting machine you would like to connect from the drop down menu (e.g. Coffeetool R15)
                Note: If the machine is not in the list you can add via the online platform.
              3. After selecting the machine all supported measurements will load. Change the order of the measurements by using the drag and drop icon and moving it into position.
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              4. Switch on the measurements you would like to enable and select Coffeetool PLC from the drop-down for all measurements. Repeat this step for all measurements you would like to enable. 
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              5. Click on the gear () icon to open the PLC IP-Settings. 
                • Define the Hostname/IP address of the roast machine.
                  The default for Coffeetool roasters is: 192.168.1.200Screenshot 2024-01-18 at 15.05.37
              6. Click OK and then click Save to confirm the changes. 

          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.Screenshot 2024-01-18 at 15.05.59

          Proceed with the Coffeetool's Control Mode.

          Coffeetool's Control Mode Guide

          Coffeetool's Control Modes, are only available on Coffeetool machines manufactured after June 2021.

          After Coffeetool machine's software update (for machines manufactured after June 2021), from the Coffeetool's HMI touchscreen you have the ability to run the machine on two control modes. This allows you to shift the control between the Coffeetool's HMI touchscreen, and a roast-profiling software:

          The control modes are...

          • HMI Control Mode: The roaster receives user input commands for Gas, Airflow, and Drum speed, only from the HMI touchscreen.
          • PC Control Mode: The roaster receives user input commands for Gas, Airflow, and Drum speed, only from the PC.

          For the Cropster Controls integration, please set the Coffeetool's control mode to PC Control Mode, as shown below:

          1. Push the Settings tab on the top of the HMI touchscreen. By default, the Coffeetool roast machine is set to HMI Control Mode.
            If the HMI Control Mode button is highlighted as GREEN, then it is enabled.
          2. Tap the PC Control Mode button, to enable it for Cropster's Control features.
            If the PC Control Mode button is highlighted as RED, then it is enabled.

            Note: When you switch from PC Mode to HMI Mode, the variables are initialized to 50%.

            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 network (router or computer)?
            • If the roaster is connected to the computer directly, is the static IP address configured correctly?
            • Does the IP address assigned to the roast machine match the default? 
            • Have you set the HMI touchscreen to "PC Control Mode"?

            For further assistance, please create a support ticket by clicking the Support button in the left lower corner of the app. A Cropster support rep will get in touch with you.


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

            Check out the Roasting Intelligence (RI5) - Getting Started manual and enjoy tracking your first roasts! More manuals and videos can be found on help.cropster.com.