Automotive Newsletter

May 2010

New Case Study: HALLmarked Ducato

The vehicle was a Fiat Ducato 2004 2.8 JTD with a repetitive complaint of poor starting. After being passed around the local garage network, the vehicle arrived at one of my trade clients. They understandably didn’t want to take on someone else’s leftovers, so the fault was passed to me one more time for my opinion.

For the full story Read “HALLmarked Ducato” by Nick Hibberd.

Technical Information and Tips

Here is a quick tip for those of you who are using the latest PicoScope 6.

We now have added the facility to hot-swap scopes.

We recently added the facility to disconnect and reconnect your scope with PicoScope running continuously. You can even swap from a 4000 to a 3000 without reloading the software. The main use of this feature is for those occasions where the USB cable is accidentally disconnected or disturbed whist working, but it is also useful if your laptop drops to power-saving at any point, causing an interruption to the scope’s power supply.

Please visit the “library” section of our website for further information, videos and articles, free of charge.

Training Courses

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a Pico Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn’t miss ourEngine 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 we currently have the following dates available:

Birmingham City College, Birmingham, UK
15-16 June 2010

Accrington & Rossendale College, Accrington, UK
6-7 July 2010

Mexborough, UK
24-25 August 2010

Motherwell College, Motherwell, UK
12-13 October 2010

Brooklands College, London, UK
26-27 October 2010

City of Bristol College, Bristol, UK
30 November & 1 December 2010

Places are limited, so please book online or call us to reserve your place.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Due to our continuing growth, we have vacancies for the following positions:

  • Development Engineer - Windows Desktop Application Software
  • Development Engineer - Analogue Hardware
  • Development Engineer - Hardware
  • Software Test Engineer
  • Technical Specialist

We look forward to hearing from you if you want to be part of a growing company at the leading edge of test equipment design.


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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