Phidget vs Center 306

Discuss roast levels and profiles for espresso, equipment for roasting coffee.
bharmon91
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#1: Post by bharmon91 »

Is one better than the other in regards to using artisan?

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#2: Post by CarefreeBuzzBuzz »

Phidgets by far if you have a computer and don't need to see the temps on the device.

Faster sampling times; more reliable; less noisy.

Don't need a proprietary cable.
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Roughly the phidget I looked at today was going to run me about $100

Are they hard to install?

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#4: Post by hankua »

Instead of the Center meter, Mastech ms6514 is more affordable.

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#5: Post by Capuchin Monk »

Center 306 has 2 channels. Phidget offers more if you want for air speed and heat level.

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#6: Post by littlenut »

bharmon91 wrote:Is one better than the other in regards to using artisan?
Hi Brent,

I see you have a fortis.

The fortis has a built-in holder for the Center. Do you have a center device already? If you already have a Center 301, you will just need specific cabling and associated drivers to connect to your computer and run Artisan. The update rate on the Center Display itself is more than "fast enough" IMO, but the signal passed to a computer is slower.

From reading posts on this forum regarding Phidgets, it seems straight forward and everyone seems happy with the update rate. Up front you will need to decide on Thermocouples vs RTD's, probe sizing, and probe holders/connections at the fortis.

HTH,
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#7: Post by CarefreeBuzzBuzz »

bharmon91 wrote:Roughly the phidget I looked at today was going to run me about $100

Are they hard to install?
Very easy to install.

HOWEVER WHAT MOST PEOPLE FORGET - IS TO UPDATE THE FIRMWARE - instructions.



What are you trying to do and more advice can be given?
What do you want to measure?
If you don't have the Center to me the Phidget is the only way to go.
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#8: Post by Milligan »

I can only speak to phidgets. They are incredibly easy to set up. No issues at all and have been 100% reliable on my Mac. I even use their TCs.

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#9: Post by bharmon91 (original poster) »

I purchased the phidget temp sensor 4 input and the micro usb cable. Once they arrive I will be back at square one and won't have a clue what to do. This is all so new to me. I have the center 306 & the cord it came with, but I really want to use the roast master app on iOS which is why I purchased the phidget.

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