Automotive Newsletter

February 2010

Newsletter February 2010

Pico Open Day

We are opening our doors to our automotive customers for a day on the 29th April. We will be hosting presentations on our automotive software, and explaining all the functions and latest features. You will have the opportunity to put your questions in person to our experienced technical specialists, so that you leave the event confident enough to get the most out of your oscilloscope. We will also be displaying our product range along with all the latest releases such as the WPS500X pressure transducer.

Places are limited so please register your interest early.

If you would prefer to try out our products on real vehicles or engine rigs, please consider one of our Engine Management Diagnostics courses.

Latest edition of Autoinform

For those of you who haven’t registered for the excellent online interactive magazine Autoinform, now is the time! In the latest edition, Frank Massey explains all there is to know about testing coil-on-plug ignition systems.

New PicoScope software to try

There’s a brand new beta release of PicoScope Automotive for you to try:

Now includes all standard tests, motorcycle tests and PicoDiagnostics in a single file
Fixes problems experienced by some PicoScope 4000 Series users
New FlexRay topic
New language options: Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese (added to the existing French, German, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and Hungarian)

Download PicoScope Automotive R6.3.52 (beta) from Pico Labs (free of charge, no registration required)

Are you involved in automotive training or education?

If so please let us know using this form as we are considering hosting a training event specifically for you. We will announce further details in this newsletter if we receive enough responses.

New Case Study: CAT Efficiency

There cannot be many workshops that have not seen the DTC (Diagnostic Trouble Code) “P0420: Catalyst efficiency below threshold”. Dave Hill explains how to test and prove the condition of the catalyst beyond any doubt.

For the full story Read “CAT Efficiency”.

Training Courses

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn’t miss ourEngine Management Diagnostics course. This two-day 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 Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, together with plenty of hands-on experience with our kit. The course runs several times a year around the UK, and we currently have the following dates available:

Cambridge Regional College, Cambridge, UK
17-18 February 2010

City of Bristol College, Bristol, UK
10-11 March 2010

Brooklands College, London, UK
13-14 April 2010

Motherwell College, Motherwell, UK
12-13 May 2010

Birmingham City College, Birmingham, UK
15-16 June 2010

Accrington & Rossendale College, Accrington, UK
6-7 July 2010

Please contact your local distributor for information on training events outside the UK.

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events

Please see our events page for the latest information about forthcoming exhibitions, courses and other events.

Employment Opportunities

Due to our continuing growth, we have vacancies for the following positions:

  • Automotive Technical Specialist
  • Development Engineer - Analogue Hardware
  • Development Engineer - Hardware
  • Software Test Engineer

We look forward to hearing from you if you want to be part of a growing company at the leading edge of test equipment design.


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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Tel.: 01480 396395 (+44 1480 396395)
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