Agrosta®Winterwood

Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
The Agrosta®Winterwood has been designed in June 2016 in order to provide a top
accurate machine for testing automatically Cherries, Blueberries, Strawberries, Cranberries,
Raspberries, Blackberries, Plums, Currant, Grapes..
Many thanks for having acquired an Agrosta instrument
Your package contains :
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The machine itself
2 turntables (According to your request, 2 identical or 2 different turntables)
A manual with certificate of conformity
A 110V / 220 V power supply
A Usb key with the software (Attached with a magnet on right side of the machine)
A Usb cable
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
The Agrosta®Winterwood is entirely designed and assembled in France. The motherboards come from USA,
and the shield boards are made in Hong Kong and USA.
The Agrosta®Winterwood is not waterproof! It is a precision instrument; please take care to avoid dropping or
knocking it.
The Agrosta®Winterwood has a two year guarantee from its date of shipment
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Minimum %: 9% (operation threshold), corresponding to a pressure of 40 grams approx
Maximum %: 100%, when fully depressed, corresponding to a pressure of 806 grams
Resolution: +/- 1%
Software compatible with Windows XP, 7, 8 and 10
1) Software Setup / Demo cycle of machine
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Don’t connect the machine
Insert the Usb stick in your computer
Double click on “INSTALL.EXE”
Follow the setup procedure
At the end of setup, the software is launched
During first launch of the soft, the driver installation is launched as well
Follow the driver installation procedure, and then close the software before connecting your machine
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Connect your machine Usb plug only
Wait till the machine is recognized and installed by your computer (Driver automatic setup, 1 minute
maxi)
Launch “SoftLab” software from the desktop of your computer
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Connect power plug
Don’t place any turntable on the motor
Choose the COM port corresponding to your machine, or check different COM ports
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Click on “APPLY STANDARD PARAMETERS” (Click 2 TIMES !!)
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Click on “START WITH TURNTABLE 7 CUPS”
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Your machine starts a demo cycle..
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
Using a new turntable, changing turntable type :
You need to adjust the lower
endstop to the turntable you are using
For that, proceed as follows :
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Disconnect the POWER PLUG
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Place your turntable
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Turn the screw with your hand till the gap between turntable and sensor head is 1mm
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Move the lower endstop carefully with your hand or a tool till it is in contact with the head
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
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This is the correct configuration :
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
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The aim of previous operation is that : If there is no fruit, the sensor will be in contact with switch
before turntable
Else it will not go back, and block
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Connect the power plug
Place the 2 arrows as indicated by turning the plastic square fixed on the motor (The motor resists a
few) :
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Place the turntable on the motor (align the turntable with the black line)
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
Aligned
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
2) Using the machine for first time
The following turntables are proposed :
“Turntable
20“ types
- Blueberries average size
- Blueberries big and small size
- Blackcurrant / currant
“Turntable
14” types
- Cherries / Cranberries
- Raspberries / Blackberries
- Round cherry tomato
- Ovale cherry tomato / small plums
“Turntable
7” types
- Strawberries
- Big size blackberries
- Tomato
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Connect both the power plug and Usb plug
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Launch the software from the desktop of your computer (double click on the star)
Choose the COM port corresponding to your machine, or check different COM ports
Please note that when connecting the instruments to power supply, the stepper motors are
immediately active – In order to increase the life time of motors, it is recommended to disable the
stepper motors when the instrument is not used by disconnecting the power supply
13 Rue du Bastringue – 76440 SERQUEUX - FRANCE
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
1) Click here
for first start
2) Enter size
between sensor and
bottom of cup here
3) Click on the button
corresponding to the turntable
you are using for starting a cycle
(Click 2 times for first cycle)
4) Click here to
measure color after
having placed a fruit
on the color sensor
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
If you are working with Blueberries, or fruits that are broken during the test, remember to clean the sensor and
tip after having removed the abutment fixed by a magnet (With water and soap) every 100 fruits
The second point with Blueberries turntable is that you have to stick (push / block) each blueberry in its
cup very carefully – press on each Blueberry with your finger when you place it
Else, the blueberries will stick to the sensor. If the blueberries still stick on the sensor, put some vegetal oil on
the protection.
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
In the software, the data are displayed (firmness/size) or firmness according to the program you made
The firmness is given in Durofel and in Grams / mm
Statistics are provided for the Durofel firmness (on the left side of the window)
When you have finished your batch, you can record the tables in Excel (choose the file name and place)
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
3) Improvements in February 2017 : Changes in software
The general aspect of the software has changed, but you can find all previous functions :
There is no more button “Export to Excel”, but you can CLICK WITH THE RIGHT BUTTON OF YOUR
MOUSE on any chart or graph to export to EXCEL, WORD, XML or JPG format (Choose the file) :
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
4) Moving upper Endstop
It is recommended to move it down if your fruits are small
So you will save time (The stroke of the sensor will be less for each measurement)
In order to do this, remove power plug from the machine
Move the sensor down by hand (press on it)
And then move the upper endstop down
5) Optional preconfigured tablet
Archos 9 tablet, run by Windows 7 starter, reinforced with plastic feet
Pre-configured with the Fruit Lab software
Just plug your machine, double click on the software icon, and you are ready to work
Please note that this tablet does not come with Excel, so if you export data to Excel, you will have to transfer
the files to another computer via USB key
13 Rue du Bastringue – 76440 SERQUEUX - FRANCE
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Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
6) Pilot the machine yourself without the soft provided (optional
for researchers)
Just write on the serial port corresponding to the machine (Identified by FTDI) the following code :
Letters :
‘a’ corresponds to the fast speed, time between 2 steps of the motor, shall be between 45 and 2000
‘b’ corresponds to the low speed after fruit detection, to be fixed between 200 and 2000
‘c’ corresponds to the stroke after fruit detection (in 1/10e of millimeter)
‘d’ corresponds to the value to be reached before low speed and stroke starts (in % durofel), should be more
than 9
‘e1’ to start the turntable 7 cycle
‘f1’ to start the turntable 14 cycle
‘g1’ to start the turntable 20 cycle
‘h1’ to capture color.. No more available in November 2016 version, color is captured during firmness
measurement
Example of code (to be written like that on the COM port) :
a45b300c25d12f1
7) Improvement in November 2016 : The colorimeter has been
included “online”, and measures each fruit on turntable
automatically
13 Rue du Bastringue – 76440 SERQUEUX - FRANCE
lak@agrosta.org - www.agro-technology.co.uk – Tel +33 689494340
Agrosta®Winterwood
Digital Firmness – Color – Size Tester – Version June 2017
There is now a hole in each cup, and the color is measured when the fruit comes under the head.
You can still clean the colorimeter with a wet cotton as indicated previously
The colorimeter has been calibrated with a pure white paper placed directly on the surface, that gives
2500/2500/2500
The distance has a big effect on color measurement, take care to place your fruits carefully inside the cups,
and to cover the hole completely with the fruit. If it is not the case, use another turntable.
From one turntable to another, the scale of color measurement can be different, don’t compare values coming
from different turntables
13 Rue du Bastringue – 76440 SERQUEUX - FRANCE
lak@agrosta.org - www.agro-technology.co.uk – Tel +33 689494340
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