Commercial Vehicle Workshop Magazine, out now, reports that independent workshops that have to repair and maintain a wide range of vehicles across a number of different brands are struggling to keep their diagnostic capabilities up to date. Jaltest, represented in Ireland by AGE Ltd., has the answers.
The commercial vehicle industry in Ireland has seen dramatic changes in engine technology to improve vehicle performance and comply with legislation such as Euro 4, 5 or 6 over the past decade.
AGE Ltd., represents the Jaltest range of diagnostic equipment in Ireland for trucks, buses, trailers. AGV vehicles and heavy plant.
The Jaltest multi-brand diagnostic tool comes with feature rich software, that allows the tool to be used in the workshop or at the roadside.
Jaltest software is constantly being updated to cater for the progressions within the vehicles coming to the marketplace or those already on the road.
Innovation and ease of use are important factors in trying to help workshops get vehicles back on the road more quickly and Jaltest contains a number of significant features that are directed at making it easier for the technician to use and improving effectiveness within the workshop.
All tools come with an attractive, intuitive and functional user interface, which presents information in an easy to read format. This includes the ability to choose icon sets and even colours to help make the screen formats even more pleasant and productive.
Jaltest software has been ergonomically adapted to suit touch screen devices and by creative design and clever use of the various buttons and icons it delivers a user-friendly experience for the technician.
Typically, to make it easier for the user, the main software toolbar has buttons in place for shortcuts to any new applications. With just one click the technician can print, take a screenshot, utilise the virtual keyboard or access the help menu.
Next to the main toolbar is the path that has been taken to the current screen and an easy means of retracing steps whenever it is needed. There are also many other links to elements such as number plate searches or a vehicle record that are useful within the working workshop environment.
Trailer data sheet printout
Programming the ECU requires parameters from the original manufacturer’s data sheet. A simple command with the Jaltest software will print the set of parameters in the same format as the original data sheet. When the data plate has been over painted or damaged this is a very useful source of vital data.
Trouble shooting by symptoms
When a fault is not detected by an ECU there will be no warning lights or DTC given and many diagnostics products would then leave the user without further guidance.
Jaltest is different and offers a “Troubleshooting by Symptoms” mode of operation guiding the user towards a diagnosis and solution with searchable symptoms and step by step guided procedures.
Electronic Test Module (ETM)
The ETM is a facility that is unique to Jaltest and used to verify the electronic components on commercial vehicles. It is bought as a separate kit that links directly into software that is already present within the main Jaltest software.
Within this first version, the Jaltest ETM tool covers a wide number of EBS brake modulators from Knorr and Wabco. In the past, modulators have often been changed when, if the verification process was available, it would not have been necessary and the workshop could have saved themselves and their customer time and money in finding the solution.
All of the elements of the Jaltest package benefit from technical support and training through AGE Ltd.
Training is carried out on-site where technicians can discover how they can improve their diagnostic skills and productivity within their own working environment.
AGE Ltd says there are three key factors is buying a modern diagnostic product: the right unit, right technical support and right training.
With the AGE Ltd / Jaltest combination workshops can be assured that all three elements are in place.
Operators can be assured that a Jaltest diagnostic tool, with the right training and technical support will result in a guaranteed fix, first time at the lowest cost/
3 D Wheel alignment
The importance of wheel alignment on modern trucks and buses in the context of keeping costs to a minimum cannot be over-stated. AGE Ltd., which represents wheel alignment specialists Manatec, has the answer.
Mantec says its Jumbo 3D Super, which won an Innovation Award at Automechanika Frankfurt las year, is the world’s first 3D wheel aligner for multi axle trucks and buses, which is capable of performing run out compensation of all five axles in single shot, in just 51 seconds.
Manatec reports that the Jumbo 3D Super recently received Michelin seal of approval, an accolade for which it is justifiably proud.
The Jumbo 3D Super comes with a One Shot Run Out Compensation for all the five axles, which can be carried out by simply driving the vehicle. There is no necessity to jack up wheels. Hence, run out compensation of all five axles can be completed in just 51 seconds.
Conventional alignment requires jacking up each axle to perform run out, which is a time consuming job for technicians and costly for the workshop.
AGE Ltd also supplies air conditioning service equipment, the Autel and G Scan range of car diagnostics tools and runs training courses for F Gas certification.
For more information contact Willie Barry from AGE Ltd on +353 (0)87 9172409