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Links to useful information

Post by Steve Smith » Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:06 pm

One of the challenges we all face is "where to go to find the information we need?"

There is simply no way we can retain all the information we digest and so I guess the trick is to File and Recall the information we require when we need it.

Often when training or presenting Pico material delegates and customers ask...
"Where can I find more information about....?"

I always refer them to the website but I can never remember exactly where on the website given the volume of topics and subjects.

I have therefore compiled a number of links that I have posted below and intend to update periodically.

If you have seen other links on the Pico forum/website that have helped you understand a particular subject, then please add them here.

We are a team and all in this together

Take care......Steve

Website and Forum links

PicoScope Step 1 Guide ... ostics.pdf

Scope School Part 1 (Voltage-Time-Trigger-Probe-Auto Capture-Home-Guided Tests) ... -picoscope

Scope School Part 2 (Signal and Time Rulers-Zooming-Custom Start up Settings-Saving and Mailing) ... -next-step

Scope School Part 3 (Coupling-Buffers-Reference Waveforms-Scaling-Alarms- Measurements-Notes-Channel labels-Rotation Rulers and the Waveform Library) ... and-tricks

Scope School Extra (Maths-Voltage Drop-Custom Probes-Filtering-Attenuation-Connect Detect) ... onus-class

PicoScope on line User Guide ... ide-en.pdf

PicoScope, Why all the noise?

Pressure School Part 1 (Introduction to WPS500 in-cylinder measurements-Cranking) ... transducer

Pressure School Part 2 (WPS500 in-cylinder measurements-Engine running) ... -diagnosis

WPS pressure testing of cooling systems

WPS In cylinder Testing, TDC, Volumetric Efficiency and exhaust back pressure

PicoScope Automotive Top Tips (Inc. Multiple Math channel article and Frequency coupling )

Pico Waveform Library description and operation

Heater Blower Motor Current v Blower Motor Speed

Triggering on CAN using MASKS

CAN decoding in colour
topic12871.html ... onus-class

CAN Hi Shorted to CAN Lo

CAN Decoding into human readable data

Identifying CAN Nodes/Controllers/ECU's via CAN ID

Crank math channel

Maths is cool, math channel applications

Cam/Crank Correlation measurement technique

Calculating Theoretical MAF

Negative Duty Cycle Maths Channel creation

Negative Duty Cycle Maths Import

Frequency and Duty math channel application ... duty-cycle

Filtering in PicoScope

Graphing, Filtering and hiding Channels

PicoScope Deep Measure

PicoScope Floating inputs ... ing-inputs

Parasitic drain measurement (Current clamp method) ... itic-drain

Parasitic Drain resister V-Drop method

Converting ABS speed signals to road speed

Calculating Dwell Angle

Bosch 4.2 Broadband Lambda sensor measurement ... gen-sensor

Pico Diagnostics Compression testing (with WPS)

PicoScope Compression testing with compensation

Individual cylinder valve timing errors

Piezo injector operation

PicoScope Automotive devices v PicoScope Test & Measurement devices

PicoScope Resolution Enhancement

Limitation of PicoScope Waveform Buffer Memory

PicoScope Frequency Coupling feature

PicoScope AC Coupling feature

Keyless Entry Detector (Alternative uses)

NVH Speaker wiring test

NVH 3 Axis Vibration measurement and Multiple Sensor Mode

NVH Time Domain

Locating momentary knocking noises with NVH and PicoScope

NVH Harmonic Rulers

NVH Orders and Harmonics

NVH Function Generator

NVH Graphing PIDS

NVH Filtering

Customer Mic application

NVH Tire Correction factor

NVH Adding a Custom Vibration

NVH Wheel Bearing Diagnosis

NVH Listening to Accelerometers

New NVH Features for 2019

NVH Suspension Natural Frequency

NVH FFT Response and Accuracy control

NVH Audio Import Analysis

Explanation of engine vibration orders E0.5, E1 and E2

NVH Calculating Road speed

Wind Noise Detection via NVH & Smart Phone

Parking sensor-Ultrasonic testing-Wind noise detection

Pico Diagnostics Battery test insight

Pico Diagnostics Battery test results and criteria explained

Mazda RX8 Wankle Engine Compression Testing

Hydraulic Pump Theoretical Flow Rate and Volumetric Efficiency

Creating a custom probe ... probes.pdf

High impendence TA375 v Standard Pico Test leads with CAN & FlexRay

NVH Case Studies ... ration-nvh ... serati-nvh ... ostics-kit ... on-screech

WPS Case Studies ... fire-p0302 ... cold-start ... ault-codes ... techniques ... -non-start ... 0695e7c939 ... er-failure

Current clamp case studies ... 0340-p0335 ... -low-speed ... idle-speed ... power-loss ... tion-error ... code-p0491 ... e-shutdown ... ing-lights ... o-injector

Case Studies- PicoScope in harmony with the Scan Tool not against! ... -mil-p0172 ... hesitation ... -operation ... verheating ... ions-fault ... 366242fbc7 ... ault-codes ... maf-sensor ... ailure-epb

Videos - Pico Automotive YouTube Channel ... PdEL-Q7m9A

Cylinder identification with Common Rail Diesel during relative compression testing

NVH set up and road-test for vibration measurement

Interactive bearing wear evaluation

Mask and Alarm application

Discontinued products and software information
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Re: Links to useful information

Post by Technician » Fri Nov 04, 2016 8:01 pm

Steve, can I make a suggestion?

As the threads move further and further down the list, the thread here made will eventually become lost, difficult to find, so I wonder if it is possible to make it a "sticky". :)

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Re: Links to useful information

Post by Liteace » Sat Nov 05, 2016 4:35 pm

Ive read the useful information a few times, I noticed it says

"Using the previous 4000 series scopes"


"demonstrates perfectly a new feature available with the brand new 4225 and 4425 Automotive PicoScopes"

It would have been nice of the sales team to tell the people who bought their scope to hold off for a bit as a brand new 4225 and 4425 Automotive PicoScopes is coming out or offer a reasonable price upgrade on just the unit !!!!!!!!!!!!!

It contradicts in one way, on adverts for the 4423 automotive, when it "WAS" the all singing all dancing scope to be with the ad said:

Every aspect of your PicoScope has been designed for a long working life, and it has the performance to ensure it will not be obsoleted by the changing technology in new vehicles.

Now with the new 4225 and 4425 out there youve got:

CAN and FlexRay are now common on vehicles, and new protocols such as SENT for digital sensors and CAN FD (up to 5x faster than the current CAN standard) will appear in new vehicles from 2017. The fast sampling rate ensures that the PicoScope 4225 and 4425 have the speed to handle future needs as vehicle technology changes.

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Re: Links to useful information

Post by Dcunning35 » Thu Nov 10, 2016 7:54 pm

Thanks for the insightful post Steve ,being fairly new to the pico kit its great seeing links like this pointing you towards tapping into the full potential of the kit .

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Re: Links to useful information

Post by Steve Smith » Fri Nov 11, 2016 11:02 am

Hello and thank you for the feedback posts

Liteace I would not want you to think the 4423 Automotive Scope is now redundant as a result of the next generation 4000 Series Automotive Scopes.

Far from it, the 4423 is actually a better scope today than when you purchased the device thanks to the continual software updates.

The 4423 will continue to provide superior performance as it has since launch back in 2009 and thanks to the software features will enable you to capture and decode SENT, CAN FD, and FlexRay signals

Inevitably time and vehicle development marches on and we must keep pace with test equipment.

Vehicle network communication speeds and memory demands will continue to rise to levels we could have never imagined and so the need for improved test equipment hardware will have to be proportional. (hence the current range of Automotive PicoScopes)

One thing is for certain, the software brings along all scopes in the Pico family, not just the current range of scopes and so a Pico purchase is a lifetime purchase.

There will no doubt come the time where the limitations are reached for previous generation scopes measuring ultra modern vehicle networks over extedned time frames, but this does not render the scope redundant.

Our customers are our friends and this is always demonstrated here at Pico.

Customers who voiced disappointment after purchasing a previous 4000 series scope immediately before the launch of a the new generation Automotive Scope back in 2014, were able to take advantage of an exchange for a limited time period after launch. This is rare indeed and I hope demonstrates our commitment to customers new and old.

Take care.......Steve

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Re: Links to useful information

Post by MBsl600 » Wed Nov 15, 2017 5:07 pm

Many thanks for the effort and detail you've put into presenting this valuable information for the PicoScope community.

As a new member here, I find this priceless information as a way to flatten my learning curve and encourage us all to pursue the knowledge we so desperately need.

Your products and technical assistance is world class.

Best regards

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