Automotive Newsletter

December 2013

Jaguar E-type 3.8 Case study


This month we have a case Study from Steve Smith (pictured left). If you attended the Mechanex show at Sandown in November the chances are you may have met and spoken with Steve. Steve is a recent addition to the Pico workforce having joined us in September of this year from Toyota, where he had been named the 'Toyota Champion Technican' of the year. Add to this being crowned the UK's Top Technician of the Year 2013 too (after being a finalist in both 2010 and 2011) you can see that Pico now has its very own Master Tech. Now you can read his work in this, his first Case Study...

"Amongst all the hi-tech, ultra-fast, multi-computing vehicles of everyday life comes a real gem from yester year that still requires a solid basic understanding of ignition systems and a PicoScope to confirm the ignition cycle in real-time. The vehicle in question was a 3.8 E-type straight 6 cylinder that I have to say was a stunning example of this model and privilege to work with. Our customer's concern was unstable idle speed, reluctance to rev, and horrendous backfiring with hesitation at wide open throttle (WOT [the default position for E-type drivers])..."

You can read the 1961 Jaguar E-type Case Study online.

Mechanex Exhibition and Competition Update


In November Pico Technology attended the Mechanex show at Sandown Park. At the show we ran a competition to win a 2-Channel Starter Kit worth £575 ($948.75, €695.75)! Well the results are in.... and the winner is......

Mike Sharp of Mike Sharp Air Conditioning!! Congratulations go out to Mike, and our Marketing team will be in touch to arrange your delivery!

Many thanks to all those who entered!

PicoScope Automotive Top Tips

A new thread was recently started on our forum as a way of listing some top tips all in one place. The thread is starting to gather pace, and so far has had some great submissions. Why not take a look, perhaps you can submit your own top tip and help out your fellow PicoScope users!

View the 'PicoScope Automotive Top Tips' thread on our forum.

Employment opportunities


Do you want to work at the leading edge of automotive diagnostic and test equipment design? Or perhaps know someone that would thrive in our industry and the environment Pico Technology provides?

We are always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our expanding team. Based in St Neots, Cambridgeshire we are a growing company with fantastic employee benefits and prospects. Why not visit (or recommend) our web page, and see what we have to offer?!

Training courses

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a PicoScope Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn't miss theProfessional Diagnostics Ltd engine management diagnostics course. This two-day officialPico Technology course introduces the basic working principles of engine management systems, component testing and system diagnostics using oscilloscopes. The course is split between class-based theory sessions, and practical demonstrations in a workshop using the PicoScope Automotive Diagnostics Kit. The two day course includes everything you need to get the best from an oscilloscope.

Please contact Professional Diagnostics Ltd via their contact form to register interest. Please state your location and training needs when completing the form. Alternatively you can call 07881 555385 or for more information.

A certificate of completion from Pico Technology Ltd will be presented to qualifying delegates. The courses run from 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch (lunch is included in the booking fee).


Autonerdz, a Pico distributor based in North America, delivers PicoScope Oscilloscope Training both at its headquarters located in Olympia WA, and online. The following date is currently available:

PicoScope Hands-On Class 
10th January, 2014 
4715 Fir Tree Rd SE, Olympia, WA USA 98501 (Autonerdz Training Center)

For further information, or to register early call Autonerdz on 877-628-4899 (Toll Free USA and Canada) or via email.


Please visit Pico Exhibitions for the latest list of exhibitions and trade shows that Pico and its representatives will be attending.

We're hiring!

Thanks to our continuing success and growth Pico are always seeking talented people to join our company.

Please visit to see our current vacancies. We look forward to hearing from you!

Software releases

Our latest software releases are available as free downloads. To check which release you are using, start the software and select Help > About.

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Pico Technology, James House, Colmworth Business Park, St. Neots, Cambridgeshire, PE19 8YP, England
Tel.: 01480 396395 (+44 1480 396395)
Fax: 01480 396296 (+44 1480 396296)

Pico Technology North America Inc.
320 N Glenwood Blvd.
TX 75702
United States
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