Automotive Newsletter

June 2019

You asked. We listened.

PicoScope 8-channel Automotive Oscilloscope

More channels. More potential.

The 4823 is the world’s first high-speed, high-resolution, 8-channel automotive oscilloscope. It is fast enough for CAN, CAN FD, and FlexRay, including serial data decoding. It is configured for the PicoScope Automotive software which includes automotive probes and more than 150 Guided Tests, as well as access to thousands of comparisons in Pico’s Waveform Library.


Camshaft correlation error (Quad Cam engine)
By Steve Smith
I am sure many of us have experienced the limitation of only having four PicoScope channels while being deep in the battle of diagnosis. Diagnosis commands that all variables are kept to a minimum, and from my perspective, there have been numerous occasions when six channels would have been perfect. Now we can! I had the pleasure of using the NEW PicoScope 4823 8-channel diagnostic oscilloscope to diagnose this quad cam engine. Let me tell you all about it. 

Giveaway competition!

Competition prize: PicoScope 4-channel standard kit
Enter our draw and the chance to win a 4-Channel Starter Kit!

There is one standard kit up for grabs, just fill out our Google form and enter your name. The competition will close at midnight on the 31 July 2019.

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.

New Pico video series on NVH

In our brand new video series, Steve Smith and Frank Massey have come together to educate you about NVH. In episode 1 of 7, they discuss the definition of NVH, the tools available and illustrate it all with the help of some really cool animations.

We hope you like it. Happy learning!

Maths is cool - part 6
Pressure compensation

Until the arrival of the pressure transducer, peak cylinder pressure was our primary concern when measuring engine compression.

With the WPS500X on the scene, we are introduced to superior cylinder pressure analysis in the form of positive/negative cylinder pressures, valve open/close events and valve duration, to name but a few.

What soon becomes apparent is the discrepancy between peak cylinder pressures when measured by a traditional compression gauge, compared to the WPS pressure transducer.

Non-invasive engine condition testing Q&A follow-up

By Steve Smith

Many thanks once again to those who could attend this Practical Pico session. I will go through the outstanding questions and hopefully clarify any outstanding queries.

If you did not get to tune in to our live-stream, you can watch the video here. You can also find the complete playlist with all our Practical Pico videos here.

While a number of questions were not specific to the topic (Non-Invasive engine condition testing), I will add them accordingly.

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