Mill City with Delta/Fotek controls - Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup (beta)

This manual explains how to connect a Mill City with Delta/Fotek controls to the Cropster Roasting Intelligence

If you are not yet a beta tester for this integration but you are interested in testing it, please sign up here.

Beta means that you may come across some minor flaws under everyday conditions that we could not identify with our internal product tests conducted. Therefore it will be necessary, that you share feedback with us and let us know whenever you come across some unexpected behaviour.

Specifications

Requirements

Supported measurements

  • Drum temperature
  • Bean temperature
  • Environmental temperature
  • Airflow (Hz)

Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup

Installing the Roasting Intelligence (RI) software

  1. Download the Roasting Intelligence from https://download-beta.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.
     

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. Mill City)
  3. Select Mill City (all versions - Phidgets and PIDs/PLC) from the drop-down for all measurements.
  4. Click on the gear () icon to open the PID settings. 
    Hint: Refer to the "Temperature control" readout on your Mill City (w/ Standard control panel) roast machine, and identify whether your machine is equipped with Delta or Fotek controls.
    1. Version: Fotek controls (Standard control panel)
      • Serial port: /dev/tty.usbserial-x (Mac) or COMx (Windows)
    2. Version: Delta controls (Standard control panel)
      • Serial port: /dev/tty.usbserial-x (Mac) or COMx (Windows)
  5. Under the Temperature unit drop-down menu, select the temperature unit displayed on the Mill City's Temperature controller readout.
    • If the display/readout of your roaster shows the temperature in °F, set the "Temperature unit" in RI to Fahrenheit.
    • If the display/readout of your roaster shows the temperature in °C, set the "Temperature unit" in RI to Celsius.
  6. Click OK, then 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

          Troubleshooting

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

          • Did you choose the correct version?
          • Did you choose the correct serial port?

            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! 

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