Automotive Newsletter

September 2013

New PicoScope Automotive Kits

Used by more than 20 of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers, PicoScope Automotive Kits are the ideal way to transform your diagnostic capability, improving customer retention, business performance and profits.

The new PicoScope Kits have been reconfigured to provide more of what you wanted without increasing the price, and offer outstanding value for money. Starting at only £575, all kits feature the market-leading PicoScope system with a carefully chosen set of accessories to fit your needs. As always, additional accessories can be obtained later as you need them.

The new 2000 A current clamp has been included in the new Advanced Kit and, also features in the new Diesel Kit. The new clamp is also available as a separate accessory.

See the new kits on our kits page.

2000 A Current Clamp

The new 2000/200 A heavy duty current clamp allows you to measure up to 2000 amps without cutting, disconnecting or stripping wires. It is ideal for measuring the high currents drawn by the starter motor of commercial vehicles and large engine passenger cars. This new clamp can replace both the existing PP266 (600 A), and PP253 (2000 A) clamps with improved sensitivity, lower noise and faster response.

The TA167 features a 200 A mode for better performance at lower currents and has an improved jaw size. It also features an auto power-down facility to save battery life when not in use (this feature can be disabled for battery drain / shutdown current testing). Using advanced Hall Effect sensors for improved sensitivity and high external field rejection, the TA167 delivers a breakthrough in range and accuracy to meet the challenges of modern vehicles and particularly diesel engines.

See the "BNC 2000A/200A current clamp - TA167" on our accessories page.

Video Case Study

A great video Case Study by Paul Danner (ScannerDanner) and his class at Rosedale Technical Institute. Paul troubleshoots a no start problem on a 1999 Subaru Impreza.

In this unscripted video, everything was filmed live from inside the classroom. For each new step in the diagnostic process, Paul pauses to explain what he is doing and why. This makes the video much longer than previously, but allows for a more step-by-step understanding.

You can view the Case Study on Youtube.

Forthcoming exhibitions (including a competition!)

Automotive Testing Expo North America: From thermodynamic modeling software for designing cooling systems for a concept vehicle to vibration analysis testing equipment for looking at customer complaints post build, the Automotive Testing Expo North America will highlight the top tools from manufacturers with one goal in common – eliminating recalls.

Pico Technology will be exhibiting at booth #7076 highlighting our equipment that can be used throughout the entire process from design to repair/prevention.

22nd-24th October 2013 Automotive Testing Expo 
Novi, MI USA,

AVI Conference: Run in conjunction with the AAPEX Show, the AVI Conference brings management and technician training classes to industry week. You don’t want to miss out on the chance to enjoy incredible food and drinks, hang out with the Can Can Girls, and mingle with instructors and exhibitors. Pico Technology will be present during the Hospitality Event/Vendor Expo.

Learn more and sign up for technical classes via:

4th-5th November 2013 AVI Conference 
Las Vegas, NV USA

Automotive Aftermarket Products Expo (AAPEX): As the largest annual trade show for automotive aftermarket industry professionals, this show is part of the Automotive Aftermarket Industry Week. AAPEX represents the do-it-yourself retail aftermarket and the "professionally installed" aftermarket. More than one million square feet of space makes AAPEX your global source for parts, accessories and service equipment.

Pico Technology will be displaying our latest automotive diagnostic kits and accessories at booth #995.

5th-7th November 2013 Automotive Testing Expo 
Las Vegas, NV USA

Mechanex: A 'hands on' event featuring the very best in tools, equipment, diagnostics and the latest products from many leading parts manufacturers.

If you’ve got time to pre-register for the show, there will be a free bacon roll and a free 'Professional Motor Mechanic' T-shirt ready for you to pick up on the day.

Pico Technology will be attending the show, and we will be running a competition on the stand to win a 2-Channel Starter Kit worth £575!

Simply complete our short questionnaire at our stand (D5) with a member of our team and we will announce the entry in our November newsletter!

Please pre-register for the show directly on the Mechanex Sandown website.

12th - 13th November 2013 Mechanex 
Sandown Park, Surrey, England

Automotive Engineering Show: The Automotive Engineering Show 2013, provides a uniquely tailored 'showcase' of specialist UK and international engineering services. Design/production technology, specialist parts and component suppliers supporting the UK's multiple vehicle engineering programmes – from Passenger Car, Performance Vehicle, CV, Truck, Motorcycle, Specialist, Low Carbon Vehicle and Engine sectors.

Pico Technology is the world's leading supplier of PC-based Oscilloscopes, and PicoScope is the system of choice for more than 20 of the world's leading vehicle manufacturers. We will be meeting with engineers from Automotive, Aerospace and other sectors at the Advanced Engineering events on November 12th and 13th at the NEC in Birmingham.

Please pass the word, or come and visit us yourself, at stand G62 in Hall 5 of the Advanced Engineering Exhibition.

12th - 13th November 2013 Automotive Engineering Show 
NEC, Birmingham, England

Training courses

If you own, or are thinking of buying, a PicoScope Automotive Diagnostics Kit, you mustn't miss the Professional Diagnostics Ltd engine management diagnostics course. This two-day officialPico Technology 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 PicoScope Automotive Diagnostics Kit. The two day course includes everything you need to get the best from an oscilloscope.

Please contact Professional Diagnostics Ltd via their contact form to register interest. Please state your location and training needs when completing the form. Alternatively you can call 07881 555385 or for more information.

A certificate of completion from Pico Technology Ltd will be presented to qualifying delegates. The courses run from 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch (lunch is included in the booking fee).

The following dates and locations are available:

PicoScope Diagnostics Course 
19th/20th October 2013 *Weekend* 
Warrington, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course (Hosted by ALS) 
28th/29th October 2013 
Exeter, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course 
9th/10th November 2013 *Weekend* 
Bedford, England

PicoScope Diagnostics Course 
16th/17th November 2013 *Weekend* 
Glasgow, Scotland

Autonerdz, a Pico distributor based in North America, delivers PicoScope Oscilloscope Training both at its headquarters located in Olympia WA, and online. The following date is currently available:

PicoScope Hands-On Class 
8th November, 2013 
4715 Fir Tree Rd SE, Olympia, WA USA 98501 (Autonerdz Training Center)

For further information, or to register early call Autonerdz on 877-628-4899 (Toll Free USA and Canada) or via email.


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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