Giesen (Manufacturing date after June 2014) - Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup

This manual covers the connection of a Giesen roast machine built between June 2014 and January 2018 to Cropster's Roasting Intelligence.

This only works for machines manufactured between June 2014 and January 2018. If the manufacturing date of your machine is after February 2018 click here to go to the correct setup manual.



Supported measurements

Entering the unlock code

The Giesen roaster needs to be unlocked before you can connect the machine to Cropster. 

  1. If you haven't yet, request your unlock code from Giesen via
    Note: Giesen may charge a price for the unlock code.
  2. Follow the instructions in this video to unlock your Giesen machine:
  3. Unlocking the Giesen was successful if the Giesen display says Enabled.

Setting up a connection

  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.

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:
    1. IP Address (for W1/W6/W15):
    2. IP Address (for W30/W45/W60):
    3. Subnet mask:
    4. 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 

Creating a new network location 

  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 Locations drop-down menu and click Edit Locations...
  4. Create a new location by clicking the + sign and name it after your machine, e.g. Giesen.
  5. Click Done to confirm.

The statuses next to the network connection item will change to Not connected. After setting the static IP address the status will say Connected again.

Configuring the static IP address

Make sure the Network connection item that refers to the connection to your machine is still selected.
  1. Open the Configure IPv4 dropdown and choose Manually.
  2. Enter the specific IP Address for your roaster and add replace the forth number block by 42:
    • IP Address (for W1/W6/W15):
    • IP Address (for W30/W45/W60):
    • Subnet mask:
    • Leave the rest blank
  3. Click the Apply button to confirm the changes. 

Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup

Installing the Roasting Intelligence (RI) software

  1. Download the Roasting Intelligence from
  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.
    They are the email address and password you were given to access your Cropster account on
  5. Check the Remember credentials box if you want to be able to run the RI offline.
  6. Click the Login button.

Establishing a connection to the machine

  1. Go to Account > Preferences > Machine tab.
  2. Select the Roasting machine you would like to connect from the drop down menu (e.g. Giesen W15A)
  3. Select Giesen PLC from the drop-down for all measurements.
  4. Click on the gear () icon to open the PLC IP-Settings.
  5. Enter the IP address of the roast machine according to the type:
    • W1/W6/W15:
    • W30/W45/W60:
  6. Click Save to confirm the changes. The RI requires a restart to apply the settings.

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.

Customize your RI user preferences


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

  1. Is the static IP address configured correctly?
  2. Is the, according to the machine type, correct IP address entered?
  3. Is the manufacturing year of the roast machine between June 2014 and January 2018?

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 our Getting started video and enjoy tracking your first roasts! 

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