Automotive Newsletter

January 2012

New Case Study: Mercedes E240


This Mercedes problem was not a difficult one to find…we’ve all had those jobs where sometimes you have to identify the fault, before finding its cause, and ultimately the fix. With this Mercedes, its engine simply would not start… the reason… well that’s when the PicoScope came into play…

Read on to see how Andy Cape (of Cape Auto Diagnostics) solved the problem…

Mercedes E240 Case Study

WPS500X Hose Sizes… What Do YOU Want?


We recently had this post appear on our automotive forum, in relation to our WPS500X pressure transducer:

I have all four of the compression hoses for the WPS, one problem i have come across this week is that the latest BMW’s have 12 mm diameter spark plug… Is it possible to get an adapter for the current hoses so that it adapts down to 12 mm or 12 mm compression hose for the WPS?

Using the “if one person asks, there are 100 more who don’t” rule, this forum post has made it clear there are likely many more of you that have either come across the need for, or know of different size compression hoses than those currently available. So, Pico Technology are asking our customers “What do YOU want?” Is there a compression hose size that you need, or one that you are aware of that we do not supply? We are asking for your feedback, so we may improve our service to you.

In order to do this, please give your size requirements on the following thread.

We make no promises at this stage, but we look forward to reading your replies!

Elektra 2011 New Engineer of the Year Award goes to Pico!

Please join us in congratulating Pico development engineer Adrian Carter, who has just collected the Elektra 2011 Rising Star New Engineer of the Year award. This was given in recognition of his track record of projects culminating in his recent work on the PicoScope oscilloscopes, some of which received a major performance upgrade last year. The project team managed to squeeze faster sampling rates, extra memory and a full arbitrary waveform generator into a USB–powered device no larger than the original.

Recruitment Open Day

We invite you to join us at our Recruitment Open Day:

8am to 8pm on 8th February 2012, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, UK

We are looking for C++ or C# software engineers to join our expanding team. With us you get the security of a 20–year–old company that is growing by 20% a year, a number of varied projects to work on, and even half a day per week to develop your own projects! So, if you’ve got C++ or C# skills, come and join us on the day. If you can’t make it, you can send your CV in confidence to

Training Courses


If you own, or are thinking of buying, a Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn’t miss the Professional Diagnostics Ltd Engine 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. The course runs several times a year around the UK, and the following dates are currently available:

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course
23/24 February 2012
Exeter, England

Places are limited, so please call 07881 555385 to reserve your place, or visit for more information.

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

PicoScope Hands On Class
2 March 2012
4715 Fir Tree Rd SE, Olympia, WA, USA 98501 (Autonerdz Training Center)

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

Diagnostic Solutions, a Pico distributor based in Ireland, delivers PicoScope Oscilloscope Training in Dublin. Please email for further information.

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

Best of the Web

This month Autonerdz have put together another superb download package free of charge! This version is for everyone, but especially useful if you are an educator looking into PicoScope for your classroom. Containing documents, videos, and other materials to help you out. Just unzip this into a folder on your hard drive or a CD, or USB stick and enjoy.

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


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)

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