Automotive Newsletter

January 2020

This edition…
…another year has come and gone and we are thrilled about the company's continued success. Looking back on 2019, we had new offices open and awards won. The new year started with our new building being on the news. We have a guest case study where Lee Sharp talks us through his diagnosis of a fuel pressure fault on a Volvo truck. The article series Maths is cool continues. Steve Smith has written an article about ConnectDetect® and Phil Rutt has shared a list of his favorite Pico accessories. We are resharing some CAN testing information and the "Best of the web" section has a CAN video and the next part of DrivelineMaster's Pico lessons. Over the next few weeks and months we'll also be attending some events.

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Pico HQ in the news!

Local news station ITV Anglia heard about the seaside-themed decor in our new building and paid us a visit. Watch their report and find out how we've created meeting rooms and a kitchen out of beach huts, a boat and a replica of a harborside pub!

It's not just for our entertainment, though. The new building will also give us more space to prepare your orders for dispatch and send an ever-increasing number of packages more efficiently.

Fuel Pressure Fault
By Lee Sharp

I know there are a few of you out there that are interested in using the PicoScope on trucks so I thought I'd share my process in this case study. I have done a few of these now and Pico has definitely improved the accuracy and speed of the diagnosis.

ConnectDetect® in PicoScope 6 Automotive

Steve Smith has taken the time to write an in-depth article about the ConnectDetect feature in PicoScope 6 Automotive and investigating whether it is possible to use ConnectDetect to determine the cause of specific sensor faults. 
a+b=? Maths is cool
By Phil Rutt

Phil has made a Top 5 list of his favorite Pico accessories. He explains why he likes them so much and what you can use them for. Is there an accessory on this list that you don't have yet?

Blast from the past

CAN we solve it?  Yes, we CAN!
Here are a previously published case study as well as one of our most popular videos on our YouTube channel.  They both revolve around CAN testing so we thought it would be good to share them again as this is an ever-popular topic. 


Mazda 3 | Communications fault

Ben Martins was presented with a 2015 Mazda 3 with all warning lights on the dash illuminated, accompanied with around 40 DTCs (diagnostic trouble codes).

Decoding a CAN bus signal

In this video Phil Rutt of Pico Technology gives a demonstration on decoding a vehicle's CAN bus signal, using our 16-pin breakout box (AKA CAN Test box) TA069 and PicoScope. Phil describes the PicoScope settings used, and the process followed in order to view the packets of data supplied along the CAN bus line.
Decoding CAN Bus Data Using the PicoScope
Using the PicoScope (automotive software), you can decode the data on most automotive data networks. This video specifically covers the data on high-speed CAN networks.

Pico Lesson 4

DrivelineMaster's Pico Lesson 4 in a series of training videos on using PicoScope Automotive software. You will learn about different probes and the associated scales.

Worksop, Nottinghamshire, UK
19th February 2020 - 09:00-16:00
Register for the event now
There are now 70+ National and International Companies signed up to exhibit, covering Hydraulics, Pneumatics and Applied Electronics and Control. During the NFPC Industry Exhibition Day, 4 KEY SPEAKERS are invited to present a series of technical lectures throughout the day. The Key Speakers have a wealth of knowledge and experience, adding real value to each presentation. You will also have the opportunity to see the NFPC “World Class” training facilities and meet their Systems Training Engineers to discuss your training needs.
Vision Hi-Tech Training & Expo 
Overland Park Convention Center, Kansas, US 
6-7 March 2020
Our booth number is 230 / 232.
Registration is open

VISION Hi-Tech Training & Expo provides the opportunity for you to expand your knowledge and gain new skills, all while networking with leading industry professionals. Choose from more than 100 cutting-edge management, technical, educator, and heavy-duty training courses. VISION also features a 60,000 square-foot exhibit hall showcasing the latest tools, equipment, and technology.

AMR Beijing
New China International Exhibition Centre, Beijing, China
15-18 March 2020, Hall W1 Stand C06
Our local representative is Guangzhou Hongke Electronic Technology Co., Ltd.
Register now

The show covers every aspect of the auto service, parts, maintenance and repair technology and equipment sector including garage equipment, testing & diagnostic equipment and tools, coating, collision repair, car care and car wash, chain stores, training, software lubricants and spare parts. The broad product spectrum attracts trade visitors such as 4S shops, car care shops, car manufacturers, chain stores, distributors & wholesalers, test stations, transportation companies, tyre shops and workshops to source and explore business opportunities every year. 
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