Automotive Newsletter

July 2012

Case Study, Competition Still Running!

This month our case study comes from our friends at VNP InterBiz.

“This AUDI A6 (2006) came to us from a transmission repair center who complained of an occasional engine cut-out during cold cranking. It is difficult for technicians to investigate this particular problem due to it occurring during cold cranking. During cold cranking the air/fuel ratio is not able to be controlled.”

View the rest of the VNP InterBiz Case Study on our website.

Do you fancy up to £200 in credit vouchers to spend on Automotive Pico Technology products when buying direct? Entry is the same as before: navigate to the Case Studies section of our forum and tell us about your investigations and stories when using our products. We will award the credit to whom we believe submits the best quality case study. To improve your chances of being chosen, your submission should have a clear explanation of the task, and include photos and PicoScope screen captures. Don’t feel your investigations aren’t good enough, put them on the forum… you never know!

Featured Product


This month we want to highlight our Coil–on–Plug Extension Leads. These leads are the simple accessory that allow you to take accurate secondary ignition measurements on Coil–on–Plug ignition systems. Coil–on–Plug extension leads are designed to aid diagnostics on secondary ignition circuits by allowing an HT measurement to be made when there is no, or limited, access to any spark plug leads. The leads are specifically designed for use with the PP178 Secondary Ignition Pickup. COP extension leads are easy to use: simply fit them between the coil pack and the plugs, place a capacitive secondary ignition pickup on each lead, and your oscilloscope will show accurate ignition waveforms with correct kV measurements. Coil–on–Plug extension leads are designed for use with PicoScope automotive oscilloscopes, but can also be used on all other labscopes that are capable of displaying ignition patterns.

Find out more about our Coil–on–Plug Extension Leads

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events

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

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 (Weekend)
18/19 August 2012
Bedford, England

Direct PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Weekend)
15/16 September 2012
Bedford, 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
7 September 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.


Are You a ‘Happy Engineer’, or is it Time to Inspire Technology?

Do you use technology yet dream of developing it? At Pico Technology you can do just that. You’ll feel valued, appreciated and what’s more you’ll be able to see directly how your efforts make a difference to our customers.

Currently we are looking for the below positions to join our talented team of C# and C++ software engineers:

  • Development Engineer — C++ / C# Software Engineer (Automotive diagnostics and testing)
  • Development Engineer — Graduate opportunities

Find details of the above positions, and an online application form at You will also find our C# / C++ Software Engineers Technical Test online: it could be your first step to an inspiring software design career… so why not have a go? Once you have completed the test simply send us your source code together with your CV when you apply.


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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