13 September 2022
Category: Automotive Diagnostics
At Automechanika Frankfurt 2022, Pico Technology today launched a set of new off-highway kits for Heavy-Duty vehicle and Off-Highway (HD-OH) equipment testing built around a dedicated PicoScope oscilloscope.
Created for fault diagnosis on trucks, tractors, forklifts, boats, combine harvesters, excavators and more, the off-highway kits contain a modified PS4425A PicoScope having additional protection to better withstand off-highway conditions. The scope is fully supported by Pico Technology’s class-leading, and free, PicoScope 7 Automotive software. The included accessories help users quickly connect and easily carry out non-intrusive and non-invasive measurements on a wide variety of systems and components found in these vehicles.
An initial set of ten HD-OH guided tests will be released (after launch) in the PicoScope 7 Automotive software to support the new PicoScope and kits. These cover tests across 24 V battery, Bosch Denoxtronic, J1939 communications, engine and hydraulic systems and include information and materials to help HD-OH technicians start their oscilloscope diagnostics journey. The tests were borne from the successful application of Pico Technology products to HD-OH diagnostic problems, as described by the many related case studies published on the Pico Automotive website, within newsletters, on the support forum, and by the growing community.
There are 3 kits, respectively labelled the Entry (PQ324), Expert (PQ331) and Elite (PQ332) kits. All kit accessories have been selected on their suitability for testing in the HD-OH environment. For example, 5 m test leads are included as standard to ensure that users have longer lead lengths available, as required to reach test locations around the vehicles and equipment encountered. Likewise, sets of breakout leads that fit typical HD-OH electrical system connectors are included to facilitate non-intrusive measurements on these specific vehicles and equipment.
In addition to the Entry kit contents, the Expert kit includes a WPS500X and accessories to allow users to carry out, for example, fuel, air intake and exhaust pressure testing. Additional breakout leads are also included. In addition to the Expert kit, the Elite kit includes dual WPS600C pressure transducers, suitable for hydraulic system testing. The Elite kit also features an additional current clamp to facilitate, for example, the testing of multiple electrical actuators.
The three Off-Highway kits are available immediately through distributors and, in due course, on the Pico Technology Automotive website (picoauto.com).