Sample Screen Displays & Operational Review

Basic Operation

After installation and wiring power on the recorder, six soft keys Page, Mode, History, Event, Status and Exit will appear on the left hand side of LCD display.

Opening the plastic cover at the front of the recorder, the user may find another five soft keys Dump, Clear, Operate, Config and Shutdown. 


These eleven soft keys are used for operation.  On the top right side, small icons of buzzer, evnt, mem, CF and Date/Time display.




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Soft Keys

Page means the display. 

The recorder can have a maximum of 6 Pages and each Page can display a maximum of 6 channels. 

A channel can display either measured data or computed measured data.  If the number of channels exceeds the limit that can be shown on one page, press the Page key, to move forward from Page 1 to Page 2, etc.


Keep pressing Page key; you will get Page All to display all enabled channels.



Press Mode key to select the different ways of displays that include Mix, Trend, Bar or Digital mode.


Mix: The display default is Mix mode. Several modes can be mixed together including horizontal/ vertical trend, bar and digital modes. An example of Mix is shown above under Basic Operation.

Trend: Press Mode key, to display Trend mode. This is measured data trend in real time. The same page/display may have a maximum of 6 trends in different colors. An example of Trend would be similar to Mix as shown above under Basic Operation without the Bar Graphs. The user may define each color, details in the manual 4.2 Display.

Bar: Press Mode key again, to display bars in different colors. The scale of each bar can be defined individually, details in the manual 4.2 Display.

Digital:Press Mode key again, to display digits in different colors. Press Mode key again, to return to the original Mix mode.



The sample Mix, Trend, Bar Graph & Digital Display Views shown above are all configured for the maximum of 6 channel display. If a View is configured for less than 6 channels the views are sized accordingly. The Bar Graph display becomes wider and the Digital Display sizes each block larger. The Digital values shown in the Mix, Trend & Bar Graph are increased in size also.

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History View

Press History key, to display historical trend for the current Page of channels. There are a maximum of 6 channels per Page.


Historical Data retained in the VR Series's memory can be viewed directly on the VR Series display.


Note, dependent upon unit configuration historical data may be removed from the VR Series when data is cleared or dumped either by ethernet [Observer II software option] or to the CF card.

Configuration can also be set to Dump & Save data in which case operator may view both old & newer data that has not yet been dumped.


Historical files dumped to a CF card or via Ethernet to a PC running Observer II software may be viewed, archived, printed, exported as .csv files, etc. using either Observer I or II software. For more information on Observer software refer to the instruction manual or to

VR Series Observer Software Review.htm


Press directional keys to ← → move backward or forward.

Press Zoom key to zoom in the time scale.

The Zoom can be done variously in 1 sec/dot, 1 hour/Page, 12 hours/Page, 1 day/Page or 1 week/Page. 


Press Back key going back to the original display.



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Events and Alarm View

Press Event key, the Event /Alarm List displays general Events, Alarms and Reports.


Press Mode key to choose Evnt/Alam (Event/Alarm) or Report.



It displays the Ack (acknowledgement), Type, Source, Active time, Clear time and Value of events or alarms.

Use directional keys ↓ ↑ to move downward or upward.

Press Ack key to acknowledge the alarm. Events do not need to be acknowledged. 

Press Back key going back to the original display.


On the Event / Alarm List, three different colors indicate the status of the alarm.

Red:     Presently in alarm status

Green: The cause of alarm status was temporary, and has now returned to normal.

Gray:    A temporary alarm (in green status), after having been acknowledged, then becomes gray.

Active Time is the time that alarm status becomes active. 


Clear Time is the time when two conditions are met.

First, alarm status is cleared and becomes normal, and secondly the user has acknowledged it. 

If any alarm occurs, the red buzzer icon on the top right starts to flash.  After the cause of alarm is no longer met and the alarm is acknowledged, then the red buzzer icon disappears.


When Clear Time shows Terminated indicates turning off the power to the recorder has terminated the alarm.


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Report View

Press Mode key to choose Report.

The Report mode is available with optional Extended software Math. Counter, Totalizer and FDA 21 CFR part 11 security features.

It produces reports about Counters 1-6, Totalizers 1-18, AI1-AI18 MinMaxAve (Minimum, Maximum and Averaged values of analog inputs in certain period of time), Math1-Math18 MinMaxAve and All CH MinMaxAve. 



Press Report key to select it as Report List (all reports within a day, for example 3 reports for 3 shifts a day), or select it on daily,

weekly or monthly base. Press directional keys ← → to choose the exact day, week or month.


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Press Status key, the Status List displays present status of digital input DI, digital output DO (alarm relay), Counter and Totalizer.

Press Mode key to choose any mode of DI, DO, Counter or Totalizer.  Display shows the status DI, DO, Counter or Totalizer at the present time.  Counter and Totalizer are available if the option of Math, Counter & Totalizer was included in the part number matrix.


The Status View is similar to Reports View shown above with directional keys  ← → to choose the Status of DI, DO, Counter and/or Totalizer.


Shown below is another Status View combined with a Mix View showing current status of up to 6 Counter & Totalizer values.



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Press Exit key to close existing operation, the soft keys on the left hand side disappear giving full display. 


Press any soft key on the left hand side, these six soft keys Page, Mode, History, Event, Status and Exit appear again. Open the plastic cover at the front low side then another five soft keys Dump, Clear, Operate, Config & Shutdown appear.


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Compact Flash Card [CF Card]

A 128MB Compact Flash Card is provided as standard with each VR Series with optional 528MB and 1GB available. If a larger capacity Compact Flash card is required, and the user decides to buy it locally, please check the brand name of CF card. 

To be compatible the CF card should be SanDisk.


To determine how long a CF card may take to fill up refer to instruction manual and/or download zipped excel file

VR Series CF Card Memory


Note: To Read Measured data and events on CF card;


         VR Series configuration must be saved to the CF card.

         Data must be dumped to CF card

         It is necessary to install software Observer I or II on PC. 

         Connect a CF reader to USB port of PC.



Dump [dump historical data from VR Series to CF card]

Before removing the CF card from the recorder, it is necessary to press the Dump key to transfer the measured data and events from the internal memory of the recorder to the CF card.


Details about DUMP data are described in the manual to Dump & Delete data from Recorder or Dump and Save data in recorder. When Dump and Save operator may still view data on the recorder that had been Dumped.

With Observer I or II running on PC, insert card into CF reader and follow instructions in Observer software.

Note that the recorder configuration must have been saved to the CF card in order for Observer I or II software to read the data.



If the internal memory goes down to 25%, the mem icon on the top right changes color from green to red.  Also, when the internal memory reserved for events is down to 25%, the evnt (event) icon on the top right changes color from green to red.  In each case the user should transfer all the measured data from the recorder to CF card by pressing Dump key as above. However, if the measured data and events are not significant information, the user may also press Clear key to clear them.   



Press Operate key to start a job manually. For example: to record the alarm by selecting Log alarm.  There are various jobs that may be assigned, as described in manual, Event, Job of 4.1 Channel.


Details about soft key Config are described in the manual 4. Configuration. 




Accidental turning off the power will cause loss of data and will interrupt the operation of the recorder.  Therefore press the Shutdown key to shutdown the system first before turning off the power.


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Small Icons



Buzzer: Appears by flashing in red whenever the alarm status occurs.  The buzzer will disappear after the user acknowledges the alarm, or the process becomes normal.


Evnt: The percentage of memory space left for events/alarms.  For example, evnt 84% means 84% space left for events/alarms.  Refer to Event/Alarm Limit in 4.4 Instrument.  Various numbers of events/alarms can be set. The icon flashes red when memory space is down to 25 %.  The icon returns to normal green after pressing the soft key, either Dump or Clear.


mem: It is the percentage of memory space left for measured data. The icon starts flashing red when the memory space is down to 25%.  The icon becomes normal green after press soft key either Dump or ClearIf the internal memory goes down to 10 %, the earliest measured data and events will be saved to CF card in small batch automatically. If there is no CF card inserted, then the earliest measured data and events will be overwritten and replaced by the latest measured data and events.


CF:  The icon shows the status of Compact Flash card.  If the CF card is not inserted, the icon shows a red-cross sign.  If it is properly inserted, then the icon displays normal green and indicates the percentage of the memory space left on the CF card.  The icon starts flashing in red when the memory space goes down to 25%.  The icon becomes normal green again after downloading data and events from the CF card to PC.  If the CF card is inserted in the recorder and its memory is full, then the memory of CF card remains unchanged and the earliest measured data and events on the recorder will be overwritten and replaced by the latest measured data and events.


Date/Time:  To set the local time, please refer to the manual 4.5 Clock.


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VR06-18: Series FAQ's.pdf [40KB]

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VR06-18: Firmware Update Sheet.pdf

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VR06-18: Installation: Panel or Bench Top Mounting.htm

VR06-18: Configuration.htm

VR06-18: Special Features: Math, Totalize, etc.htm

VR06-18: Observer Software Review.htm

VR06-18: Technical Support Documentation.htm

VR06-18: Download Firmware and Observer Software.htm

VR06-18: Security; CFR21 Part 11 Features.htm


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