Automotive Newsletter

July 2019

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This edition
We are happy to announce the beta release of PicoScope 7 Automotive software and are looking for volunteers to join us in the beta testing. Ben has used our new  8-channel scope, the PIcoScope 4823, in this DAF Case study. We have a new Practical Pico video featuring the PicoScope 4823, where the team will demonstrate how you can use the 8-channels. We are kicking off a new giveaway competition and continue our video series with PicoScope NVH and the article series Maths is cool. Also, Steve has provided more answers in his follow-up from the Practical Pico Q&A session in May.

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PicoScope 7 Automotive beta testers

We are happy to announce the early release of our brand new PicoScope 7 Automotive software. PicoScope 6 is the industry standard for automotive oscilloscope software.  We have been working hard to make it even better and will soon start beta testing of PicoScope 7 Automotive.

It has many great features, including:
  • Touchscreen and tablet-friendly user interface
  • Multiple platforms: our software now supports Windows, Linux and macOS
  • New Guided Test Menu with updated Guided Tests
  • File compatibility with PicoScope 6
  • Bigger waveform space
  • Improved ease of use  
  • Faster streaming
  • Better support for high-resolution monitors
  • New fixed sampling rate mode
Please bear in mind, that due to the software being in beta, many features have not been included yet and it will only be available in English and German for now. 

We would like your feedback!
If you wish to volunteer to test our new software, please submit the sign-up form and we will get in touch with further details. 

Truck diagnosed in case study
Ben Martins has written up the story of his latest trip into the field:
"I was asked by a customer if I was interested in taking a look at a problem dust cart. The owners, in the attempt to get a silver bullet fix, requested a part replacement based on limited diagnosis. The part was reluctantly replaced by our customer but, as you’ve probably already guessed, it didn’t fix the problem. We were determined to do it properly, to find the fault, prove it and then verify the fix with PicoScope." 
Quad-cams, immobilisers and hydraulic systems!

In this Practical Pico video, Steve, Ben and Barney will show you how to push PicoScope to the max when it is combined with our new PicoScope 4823 8-channel automotive oscilloscope. Each video segment will be looking at a different, but complete, system test.

You will, among other things, learn how to:
  • resolve possible timing issues (including cam/crank correlation) on a
    quad-cam engine
  • check interactions between the engine and hydraulic systems on agricultural/plant machinery
  • evaluate the operation of an immobiliser system
The video will premiere on 04.08.2019 at 15.00 GMT.
Don't miss it!
Go to the Watch window and subscribe to the premiere now 😊 

Win a WPS500X Pressure Transducer kit! 

Enter our draw and the chance to win.

You can choose between a WPS500X Pressure Transducer Kit worth £749 or £749 in credit that can be used directly at Pico Auto!

Just fill out our Google form and enter your name and email. The competition starts at midday on 2 August 2019 and will close at midnight on 31 October 2019
(UK time).

The winner will be drawn by a random name picker and will be announced in the newsletter.

Please read our full T&Cs before you enter the competition. 

PicoScope NVH episode 2: The theory of NVH

Presented by Pico Technology: Steve Smith and Frank Massey explain the theory of Noise Vibration and Harshness (NVH) and how humans differ in their interpretation of noise and vibration. 
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Maths is cool - Part 7
By Steve Smith
We are often asked about dwell angle by classic car enthusiasts, racing teams and restorers. and there is frequent disbelief and dismay when users are informed there is no dwell feature in PicoScope.

I fully understand their response, as technicians of a certain age (I include myself here) would measure dwell angle daily either via “The Crypton Machine” or a with a multimeter. So why is it not included in PicoScope?

To be completely accurate, it is. However, it requires math to reveal the dwell event of the primary ignition circuit. 
Gif from previous Q&A live-stream
We still have more unanswered questions from the live-stream following the Practical Pico: Non-invasive engine testing session in May, and Steve is working hard to provide the answers for them. Here is the second part of his follow-up. 

If you missed the video session, or simply want to watch it again, you can find it in the Practical Pico playlist on our YouTube channel.
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