Probat (refurbished by Kirsch & Mausser) after August 2021 - Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup (beta)

This manual covers the connection of a Kirsch & Mausser refurbed Probat roast machine (after August 12, 2021) to Cropster's 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

  • Simatic HMI display
    • Software version 3.45 or higher*
      * Software update available for machines with 12” touch panel via Kirsch & Mausser

Supported measurements

  • Bean temperature
  • Exhaust temperature
  • Inlet temperature
  • Drum speed (rpm)
  • Drum pressure (Pa)
  • Gas pressure (Pa)
  • Gas (%)
  • Gas control (%)
  • Airflow (%)
  • Airflow control (%)

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 routers's ethernet port.
  3. Make sure that your computer and the router are connected (via wifi or ethernet cable). 

Proceed with the Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup.

Determining the software version

From the Simatic HMI display, press F8. The following screen appears:

Gas/Airflow control with Cropster is possible if S.Ver (1) is 3.45 or higher, and a remote control symbol (2) is visible from the upper right corner.

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:
    • IP Address: 10.32.176.42
    • 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 

    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. Probat.
    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

    1. Make sure the Network connection item that refers to the connection to your machine is still selected.
    2. Open the Configure IPv4 dropdown and choose Manually.
    3. Enter the specific IP Address for your roaster 
      • IP Address: 10.32.176.42
      • Subnet mask: 255.255.255.0
      • Leave the rest blank
    4. 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-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.
        They are the email address and password you were given to access your Cropster account on c-sar.cropster.com
      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. Probat UG-22)
      3. Select Kirsch & Mausser PLC from the drop-down for all measurements.
      4. Click on the gear () icon to open the PLC IP-Settings. 
        • Check the IP address of the Probat machine.
          The default for this roast machine is 10.32.176.124
        • Select the Temperature unit displayed on the roaster's panel
        • Select Version "3.45 or higher".
      5. 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

      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? 
      • Did you select the correct PLC version within the connector settings?

      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