Automotive Newsletter

November 2016

Newsletter November 2016

Guided Test: Common rail diesel injector back-leakage testing

This month we present a Guided Test from Steve Smith, testing a Common rail diesel injector for back leakage.

This Guided Test will be included in a future update of our PicoScope 6 Automotive software, but you can find the full test on our website right now.

The purpose of this test is to evaluate each common rail diesel injector’s contribution to back leakage pressure and balance.

How to perform the test


1. BNC to BNC cable
2. WPS500X pressure transducer
3. TA085 Vacuum hose
4. TA129 Vacuum adaptor
5. TA189 30 A current clamp

PicoScope settings

Channel A:
30 A Current clamp
Input range -5 to 20 A

Channel B:
WPS500X Range 3
± 69 mbar
Timebase 20 ms/div

The WPS500X pressure transducer requires a single connection to the spill pipework, at the point where all injector back leakage returns to the fuel tank. All injector leak off will, therefore, pass through...

Read the complete Guided Test >


NVH Road test
Discover our newest video covering NVH, featuring our very own Steve Smith. He talks about our NVH kit and completes a 3-axis vibration measurement.

Watch the video >
Frank Massey's Top ten tests with PicoScope: Test 6
Pico and Frank Massey of ADS Limited bring you Frank's sixth test in his "Top ten tests with PicoScope" series.

This month: Power, ground, current.
Watch the video >

New Beta version of PicoScope 6 Automotive

   A new and improved Beta version of PicoScope Automotive is now available to download on our website. This update brings with it some updated features, but the first thing you will notice is the improved user interface.
The PicoScope 6 Automotive user interface has been updated to support our customers who use PicoScope on touchscreen devices. The new interface incorporates new Increase and Decrease buttons for various PicoScope settings, and a grid menu for Collection Time and Input Range selection.

In addition to the user interface update, there are also updates to Serial Decoding. Packet Fields have now been integrated, along with an update to the Serial Decoding interface itself.

Remember: Downloading and installing PicoScope 6 Automotive Beta will also give you our latest PicoDiagnostics Beta. See below for more information on the PicoDiagnostics update.

Please note that releases from 6.12.1 onwards will not support Windows XP or Vista. Windows 7 and later is the minimum requirement. Users of older operating systems will need to remain on 6.11 versions of the software.
Download the new software >

PicoDiagnostics Beta – NVH features

Along with PicoScope Automotive, you also get a new Beta version of PicoDiagnostics. In this build of PicoDiagnostics, you will find several improvements and new features in the NVH test.

The main updates are:
  • Filter improvements
  • OBD PID Functionality added
  • Time domain
  • Function generator
  • Strobe light is now part of the function generator
  • G-scaling
  • Harmonic markers, up to 64 can be added
  • Microphone playback improvements to combine all channels in view into a single audio channel
Read more >

MECHANEX at Sandown Park

By Phil Rutt

On a sunny Tuesday morning, I was standing looking out across the racecourse at Sandown Park. We were prepped and ready for the Mechanex Sandown show.

This two-day event was supported by exhibitors from the automotive industry, with live seminars by guest speakers, Frank Massey and James Dillion.

Pico Technology had a 3 x 4-meter stand, displaying our complete automotive kits, our Sonic tool box solutions (which also work with other tool box solutions) and a selection of OEM branded scopes.

The stand was manned by myself and co-support engineer, Steve smith, assisting customers with inquiries on both software and hardware. We were supported by marketing assistant Samantha Graham, on-site to research stand design and media marketing.

During the two days, the event was visited by 1714 people.



We have a collection of some of the best material for new users to reference and learn how to use their Automotive PicoScope. To view this content please visit the training section of our website.

For a list of Pico-endorsed trainers, please visit the UK, US or German trainers page.


Please visit Pico Exhibitions for the latest list of exhibitions and trade shows that Pico and its representatives will be attending.

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