25 Jan 2016

Roast coffee with Artisan and Phidgets 1048 thermocouples adapter

Submitted by Max

In this tutorial we will see how to configure Artisan for connecting the Phidgets 1048. It is not an exhaustive tutorial of all functions of Artisan, for those who wish to learn there are many guides available on the Artisan website.

"Artisan is a software that helps coffee roasters record, analyze, and control roast profiles. When used in conjunction with a thermocouple data logger or a proportional–integral–derivative controller (PID controller), this software can automate the creation of roasting metrics to help make decisions that influence the final coffee flavor."

The Phidgets 1048 Temperature Sensor can read data from 4 thermocouples at the same time.

First you need to set up your system to work with the Phidgets, you can find every info on Phidgets web site, section drivers

Phidgets set up system












Select your Operating System and follow the instructions or watch the videos

Getting Started with Windows

Getting Started with OS X

Getting Started with Linux


When your system is ready connect the thermocouples at the 1048, in this tutorial we use a 3109_0 - TPK-01G Bead Probe K-type Thermocouple (-50°C to +450°C).

Connect the red wire to G and the yellow wire to input terminal block (numbered 0 to 3).

You may need to look closely to see the colors where the main insulation is stripped away.

Thermocouple connection

Connect the 1048 to the usb port.

You can test it, for example on Windows system, double click on Phidgets icon to open the Phidget Control Manager

Phidget control panel

You can see all Phidgets connected

Phidgets control panel

Double click on "Phidget Temperature Sensor 4-input", our 1048

Phidget temperature sensor full

Ok, the 1048 was successfully connected and we can read the thermocouple value.

Download and install Artisan software,

Artisan is free for personal and commercial use, multi-platform (Mac, Windows, and Linux),multi-language.


In this tutorial we use the last windows version

Artisan win 098 installer

Open the zip file, launch the executable and follow the wizard.

When installation is complete, double click on the Artisan icon to start the software

Artisan first screenshot

Under Config/Devices select Phidget 1048 as meter, when you start roaster scope, the temperature will read from 1048

Artisan selec 1048 as meter

Obviously you can set the others parameters as Projection, DeltaET or sampling interval, but this is not the goal of this tutorial.

Setup and tuning of Artisan are available here.

Artisan is compatible also with

1010_0 - PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 Mini-Format

1011_0 - PhidgetInterfaceKit 2/2/2

1018_2 - PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8

1019_1 - PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 w/6 Port Hub

1045_1 - PhidgetTemperatureSensor IR

1046_0 - PhidgetBridge 4-Input

1051_2 - PhidgetTemperatureSensor 1-Input

1073_0 - PhidgetSBC3


Artisan start with Phidgets 1048

Artisan phidgets 1048

Artisan Phidgets 1048