Probat Probatone 5/12/25 (PIII series) - Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup

This manual covers the connection of a Probat Probatone 5/12/25 (PIII series) roasters to Cropster's Roasting Intelligence.

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

In case you previously used 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

      Supported measurements

      * = optional 

      Setting up a connection

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

      Via the network router

      1. Connect your roaster with an ethernet cable to your network router.
        The router assigns an IP address to your roaster.
      2. Make sure that your computer is connected to the local network.

      Proceed with the Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup.

      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.


      Network settings

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

      Identifying IP address

      Once the Probat PIII is connected to the network, an IP address will be assigned to your roaster. You will find the IP address from your Probat's display under Preferences > General

      Screenshot 2021-09-30 at 13.52.36

      The IP address of your Probat differs from this screenshot.

      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 10.20.0.211.
        • IP Address: 10.20.0.42* 
          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 10.20.0.211.
              • IP Address: 10.20.0.42* 
                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 username is the email address your Cropster invitation has been sent to. Use the password you've generated when accepting the invitation.
                  5. Click the Login button. 

                  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  Preferences > Machine > Configuration bottom left to access the machine preferences screen. 
                  2. Select the Roasting machine you would like to connect from the drop down menu. (e.g. Probat Probatone)
                    📝 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.
                  4. Switch on the measurements you would like to enable and select Probat Websocket (P III Series) from the dropdown. Repeat this step for all measurements you would like to enable.  

                    Make your measurement readouts more compact. Choose the size of your measurement readouts by selecting either the Small or Large view for display.

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                  5. Check the IP address from your roaster's display via Settings > General:
                    Screenshot 2021-09-30 at 13.52.36
                    The IP address of your Probat differs from this screenshot.
                  6. Click on the Gear icon to open the PLC-Settings. 
                    • Enter the IP address from the Probat display

                  7. Click Save to confirm the changes.
                  8. RI will automatically restart after saving 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.

                  Probat Drum speed control: set a roast with recorded Drum speed data as the reference and begin replaying your recorded Drum speed changes.
                  Learn more about how to customize your RI user preferences and use the Gas control and Replay Assist

                  When using Replay assist, do not use Probat Pilot roaster shop or any other temperature controlling software in parallel. Any gas/airflow/drum speed changes from a concurrent client disables Replay assist for the remainder of the roast. 

                  Troubleshooting

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

                  • Is the IP address correct?

                  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