Front panel operation

Check out the COMPANO 100 Front Panel Operation video on the OMICRON Video Channel (visit https://www.omicronenergy.com/COMPANO100-Frontpanel).

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Death or severe injury caused by high voltage possible
Although the output voltages of the current generators are within touch-safe limits, the insulation to other input and output groups is implemented as basic insulation only. Therefore, the outputs can conduct life-threatening voltages in case of a single failure.
  • If it is not possible to use the safety test leads and safety sockets, observe the wiring instructions and safety precautions given in chapter Wiring and Safe Connection.

  • Do not touch the current signals while the COMPANO 100 is powered up.

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Jog dial wheel:

Each screen that is displayed on the graphical user interface has its "focus" on a particular control element. Text or numbers in entry fields appear black on white background, which indicates that you are in Navigation Mode. Turn the jog dial wheel to move the focus to other control elements of this screen. Once the focus is on the element of your choice, press the wheel.

Depending on the control you have selected, pressing the wheel may lead you to a next level screen, toggle a setting, or enter a field for changing a value or a setting. If you pressed the wheel on an entry field, text or numbers in that entry field appear white on blue background, which indicates that you are in Setting Mode.

Application modules:

→ Polarity check→ Other application modules

Soft keys: → Soft keys.

General purpose keys:

→ Home→ Setup
→ Save 

Battery status:

The battery status icon indicates the battery's state of charge.

If the icon blinks red, the battery is running low, and an automatic system shutdown will be initiated very soon. To prevent the shutdown, connect the charger.

A flash symbol next to the battery status icon indicates that the battery is charging.

If the flash symbol next to the battery status icon temporarily disappears while charging the battery, you draw more power from the battery than the charger is able to provide in that moment.

Too hot for charging. A thermometer symbol next to the battery status icon indicates that the battery is too hot to be charged. Let the test set and the battery cool down, then try again to charge it.
Too cold for charging. A snow flake symbol next to the battery status icon indicates that the battery is too cold to be charged. Slowly warm up the test set, then try again to charge it.

Thermal image:

The thermal image icon represents a progress bar-like temperature gauge displaying the actual temperature conditions of the COMPANO 100 test set. COMPANO 100 monitors its operational temperature at various places; this temperature gauge reflects the highest temperature value.

Test set temperature OK.
Test set temperature getting critical.

When the temperature limit is reached, that is before an overheating condition causes a damage, the outputs switch off automatically, and the test stops.

Test set temperature too high; current output was ended by the temperature exceeding its limit.

With switched off outputs, the thermal image icon represents an indicator how much the test set has already cooled off.


Soft keys

Below the graphical user interface, there are four soft keys.

Their functions vary, depending on the screen and the position of the focus. A key's present function is indicated at the bottom of the screen right above the menu key. In some cases these keys act as acceleration keys to set a specific value, in other cases they provide a certain functionality:


Keyboard backlight pattern

COMPANO 100 comes with a sophisticated keyboard backlighting. The pattern of the backlighting is meant to provide you with status information at one glance.

Backlight colorMeaning
GreenThe function is ready to start, or there is a binary contact open. Examples:

  • Start/Stop key: test set is ready to be started; Start/Stop key was not pressed yet.
  • Input IN 1 or IN 2 configured to be binary: input is ready but presently the contact connected to it is open.
  • Timer: Timer is presently running.
RedVoltage could be present. Examples:

  • Input IN 1 or IN 2 configured to be analog: currently measuring.
  • Input IN 1 or IN 2 configured to be binary: binary contact is closed.
  • I OUT or V OUT: output is active.
  • Timer: the Timer has stopped.
Red blinkingAlarm. Examples:

  • Input IN 1 or IN 2 configured to be analog: the measurement is out of range.
  • I OUT or V OUT: output is overloaded.
BlueThe focus is on this function. There is always only one key blue at a time.
WhiteThe function is configured and ready for operation, but presently not in use. This is, for example, because the function is not activated.
No backlightThe function is not ready for operation. Nevertheless you can press that key; in some cases you might be able to activate the function.