Automotive Newsletter

October 2009

Newsletter October 2009

Maserati chooses PicoScope for dealer-level diagnostics

Maserati, the manufacturer of luxury sports cars, is justifiably proud of the high quality and reliability of its products. To help it maintain this reputation, the company has joined the ever-growing list of vehicle manufacturers that equip their dealers worldwide with PicoScope Oscilloscope Diagnostics Kits.

Pico supplied a customised version of its scope to match Maserati’s existing test instrumentation so that a minimum of retraining and retooling was necessary. We also supplied a customised version of the Pico Diagnostics software with battery testing, compression testing using the WPS500 and a new prop-shaft balancing function.

A spokesman for Maserati’s Training Department explained, “Pico adapted their product to our exact requirements, including some completely new tests, in an impressively short time. They worked with us continually to develop the hardware and training materials, which were well received by our engineers. The kit will improve the efficiency of our dealers and keep our training programme relevant to the latest vehicles.”

New Case Study: Smart — Misfire on the Commute

This is a real-life diagnostic article with a slight difference from the norm. The owner of this 2004 54,000 mile Smart Car started to experience a very noticeable misfire. This seemed like an ideal opportunity to prove the capability of the automotive kit and the new WPS500 pressure sensor!

Smart — misfire on the commute: The owner was complaining of a misfire and lack of power. For the full story…

Read “Smart — Misfire on the Commute” by Matt Williams - Pico Technology

Training Courses

We only have a couple of dates left in this year’s calendar and they are filling up fast. We are currently working on next year’s dates and venues, so if you have ever wondered why Pico do not hold a course close to you, now is your chance to put things right! Let us know where you are by email.

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:

City College Birmingham, Birmingham
20-21 October 2009

City of Bristol College, Bristol
10-11 November 2009

These courses are popular, so book your course now!

Forthcoming Exhibitions and Events

3 November 2009
Industry Week Big Bang Event, The Atomic Testing Museum, Las Vegas, NV, USA

13 November 2009 9am to 3pm
Autonerdz BATTLE OF THE SCOPES, Olympia, WA, USA

17-18 November 2009 
Mechanex, Sandown Park, Surrey

15 January 2010 9am to 3pm

Employment Opportunities

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

Development Engineer - Analogue Hardware
Development Engineer - Hardware

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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