Vortecs Pro - Roasting Intelligence (RI) Setup

This manual covers the connection of Vortecs Pro roasters with a serial port to Cropster's Roasting Intelligence.

The following article and 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

Supported measurements

  • Bean temperature
  • Exhaust temperature

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.
    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. 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. 
  2. Select the Roasting machine you would like to connect from the drop down menu.
    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.
  4. Switch on the measurements you would like to enable and select Vortecs Pro PIDs from the drop down. Repeat this step for all measurements you would like to enable.  
  5. Click on the gear () icon to open the PID-settings. 
  6. Select the Serial port that refers to the connection to the machine and the roast machine Model. 
    • Serial port: usbserial-x (Mac) or COMx (Windows)
  7. Click Save to confirm the changes.

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.
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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 computer? 
  • Have you downloaded the driver for the USB serial converter?
  • Is the correct serial port within the RI selected?

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.


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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