Solutions for vehicle manufacturers and designers
Pico Technology is the market leader in PC-based oscilloscopes and dataloggers: our award-winning PicoScopes are used by more than 20 of the world’s leading vehicle manufacturers to improve quality and reduce cost.
With PicoScopes you can get an oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, NVH analyzer, or even a tester for engine compression and the battery/starter/charging system. We have a long history of adding new features through free software upgrades, so your PicoScope just keeps getting better.
Pico Technology can give you solutions for Internal Combustion Engines, Hybrid Technology and Electric Vehicle systems (and PicoScopes are used for diagnostics on all these vehicles).
The following four sections give further information on how our market leading products can benefit your business:
Fix it right first time with PicoScope
PicoScope products are designed to save you, and your customers, money by improving both the accuracy and efficiency of fault diagnosis. PicoScope complements serial diagnostics as an essential part of improving customer satisfaction. Using PicoScope to verify problems and repairs ensures that you fix it right first time, reducing warranty claims.
With built-in help and preconfigured Guided Tests, PicoScope is easy to use and a seamless part of your diagnostic process. PicoScope shows your technicians what is actually happening, building improved understanding and diagnostic skills.
PC-based PicoScope allows your technical hotline to instantly investigate any vehicle that comes in for repair or service. Combined with the serial decoding features, complex CAN problems can be diagnosed on any car in the field by HQ staff using PicoScope, improving your responsiveness, accuracy and efficiency.
PicoScope covers electrical and electronic systems, and can also reveal mechanical problems, and measure fluid pressures and temperatures. We also provide a market-leading Noise, Vibration & Harshness solution for service technicians to reduce warranty and resolve customer complaints in this area.
Custom software for manufacturers
PicoScope offers a range of customizations to ensure that you have the most appropriate solution for your network. Corporate colors and branding, kit contents, special interfaces to protect legacy investment and combined test solutions including third-party accessories and equipment are all part of the service from Pico.
We have the in-house engineering capability to handle system integration, and PicoScopes are included as part of complete diagnostic systems.
Our commitment to you doesn’t end with the design and deployment of your customized diagnostic kit: we will provide full aftersales support to ensure you get the maximum benefit from your Pico automotive diagnostic solution. Our standard 2-year warranty can be extended to fit your program, and we already work with a range of VM distribution and support partners worldwide.
To access to your customized software, please log in to Pico OEM.
Hydraulic and mechanical issues
PicoScope is not just for diagnosis of electrical signals; hydraulic, mechanical, vibration, noise, timing, battery, charging and starting problems are all covered by our comprehensive range of hardware and software solutions. From ensuring the synchronization of hydraulic clutch shifts to valve and PTO checks, and interface with flow meters, PicoScope forms the heart of an integrated diagnostic solution suitable for use in the field.
Noise, vibration and harshness
The PicoDiagnostics NVH Kit from Pico Technology is the cost-effective answer to the many NVH problems facing technicians today. It provides real-time diagnosis to the technician in the form of a simple bar graph, frequency chart, 3D frequency chart, RPM order or road speed view. The ability to start the recording before a road test, and play back the recording for analysis on your return, ensures that driver attention remains on the road. Saving the recordings couldn’t be simpler: much like our other automotive software you simply save the file to your laptop’s hard drive. With a host of advanced features, comprehensive testing is translated into information and guidance designed for service technicians.
If you are mainly working on Internal Combustion and Hybrid systems, then the PicoScope 4425A is the ideal choice for you. This can be combined with one of our isolated, differential probes for those times when you need to test higher voltage systems.
If you are a vehicle manufacturer and are looking for a dedicated Safety Tester then please contact us directly as we are not offering those systems for the general market.
Automotive oscilloscope kits
For any engineers working on the design of electronic systems, one of the standard automotive oscilloscope kits is ideal. These kits can be expanded to measure NVH, perform shaft balancing or test pressure. As standard they can decode the following serial protocols:
There are obvious advantages to using the same tools to help develop vehicles as the dealer network uses to diagnose and repair. Many vehicle manufacturers have taken advantage of this and especially in the early days of a new model's introduction the ability to send waveforms and data back from the field has proved invaluable.
Full range of PicoScope oscilloscopes
As well as automotive oscilloscopes, Pico manufacture a wide range of PC oscilloscopes to suit the most demanding applications. These are less suited for general diagnostic work and more to specialist R&D. Models are available with the following characteristics:
Bandwidths up to 20 GHz for RF measurements
TDR / TDT options for connector & loom characterization
Resolutions to 16 bits for audio and NVH testing
Memory depths to 2 GS for long captures at high speeds
Up to 8 analog channels and 16 digital channels
PicoLog data loggers
PicoLog data loggers are suited to multichannel measurement of voltage, current, pressure, acceleration, temperature and other quantities. Multiple units can be used on the same PC allowing a “mix and match” of different sensor types. Models are available with:
Thermocouple temperature inputs for wide temperature ranges (exhaust headers, turbos)
PT-100 temperature inputs for accurate temperature measurements (cabin, calibration)
High-speed voltage input with up to 16 channels
High resolution (24-bit) and accuracy
Current measurement and logging