Automotive Newsletter

July 2011

Pico Technology is 20 Years Old!


Pico Technology are celebrating their 20th Anniversary! For 20 years Pico Technology has been manufacturing PC oscilloscopes. Now, in 2011, Pico Technology has been the market leader in automotive oscilloscopes for over 10 years. The PicoScope kit is so versatile that it is supplied to manufacturers all over the world, and widely used as the dealer–level tool by companies ranging from performance marques to heavy–duty commercial manufacturers. In recent years it has become the most popular automotive scope for both the aftermarket and franchised dealer networks.

To commemorate this occasion, Pico are offering you the opportunity to WIN a PICOSCOPE 4423!! PicoScope 4000 oscilloscopes are designed to save you time and money by making it easier and quicker to diagnose faults on today’s vehicles. The PicoScope 4000 Series can capture signals four times faster than any other PicoScope automotive scope. This makes it compatible with the new FlexRay standard and ensures that your PicoScope oscilloscope will continue to be useful for a long time to come.

To enter, all you have to do is answer the questions in our quiz. All entries must be completed by midnight on the 31st July 2011. The lucky winner will be announced in next month’s Pico Automotive newsletter.

New Tutorial: Fusebox Diagnostics


When testing components using an oscilloscope, getting access to connect to the component can often be difficult or time consuming. For some components the best place to make measurements is at the fusebox. This article looks at the advantages and limitations of “fusebox diagnostics”.

Best of the Web

In our online library of videos, Frank Massey tells you all you need to know about the PicoScope automotive oscilloscope and automotive software. In addition to those mentioned last month, two more of the videos available to view online are detailed below. One covers the CAN bus, and Frank demonstrates the power of the PicoScope automotive oscilloscope, including the advanced zoom feature that lets you see every detail of the CAN bus waveform. In the second video, Frank demonstrates how you can quickly test your injectors using a PicoScope automotive oscilloscope. By simulating a faulty injector, Frank shows you how easy it is to tell if there is a problem or not, just by looking at the waveform displayed on your PC.

Watch the CAN Bus video
Watch the Injectors video

This Scope It Out online articlehighlights the advantages of utilising the PicoScope 6 “vertical resolution enhancement” feature. Well worth a read! EDIT: Link removed due to unavailable at host.

This MatrixMultimedia locktronics online data sheet/training guide is for looking at Motors and Generators. It has some really useful Technical Information as well as testing procedures. It also contains some useful information regarding different generator outputs and what to expect. What's even better is they use the PicoScope too!

Training Courses

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
12 August 2011
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.

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, together with plenty of hands-on experience with our kit. The course runs several times a year around the UK, and the following dates are currently available (now including weekends):

Oscilloscope Diagnostics Course (Hosted by CES)
9/10 August 2011
Chester, England

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course
18/19 October 2011
Motherwell, Scotland

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course
14/15 December 2011
Weybridge, London, England

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

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.


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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Contact details

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
Tel:+1 800 591 2796 (Toll Free)

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