Breath easy

Motor Equipment News - - DIAGNOSTICS - By Vince Ainsworth, of Launchtech

As the world moves to­wards fur­ther en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age via a myr­iad of pol­lu­tions, a range of clean air ini­tia­tives are be­ing in­tro­duced around the world. Poli­cies de­signed to re­duce emis­sions are be­ing led by the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion (WHO).

Pol­lu­tion is di­rect, or in­di­rect, con­tam­i­na­tion of all out­door and any in­door environment by any chem­i­cal, bi­o­log­i­cal, me­chan­i­cal and phys­i­cal agent that changes any nat­u­ral char­ac­ter­is­tics of our at­mos­phere.

Mo­tor ve­hi­cles, in­dus­trial man­u­fac­tur­ers and in­dus­try, house­hold pol­lu­tion, and for­est fires are ex­am­ples of sources of pol­lu­tion, a ma­jor pub­lic health con­cern which in­cludes car­bon monox­ide, ozone, ni­tro­gen diox­ide, any waste par­ti­cles and sul­phur diox­ide, etc. Pol­lu­tion is ei­ther out­door and/ or in­door and can cause a va­ri­ety of dis­eases in­clud­ing res­pi­ra­tory dis­ease, which can be fa­tal.

In a bid to re­duce fur­ther en­vi­ron­men­tal dam­age, gov­ern­ing bod­ies around the world are be­gin­ning to take broad rang­ing steps in the con­trol of all forms of pol­lu­tion. Air pol­lu­tion poli­cies such as Eu­ro­pean emis­sion reg­u­la­tions, are steadily phas­ing-in ever-tighter emis­sion re­quire­ments and set­ting test­ing stan­dards based on the age of the ve­hi­cle.

So from 2014 all ve­hi­cles in the Eu­ro­pean Union must meet Euro 6, or Euro VI for heavy duty ve­hi­cles plus there are strict mea­sures in the USA con­trolled by the En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA).

How­ever there is a dis­con­nect be­tween emis­sion reg­u­la­tors on test­ing stan­dards and re­quire­ments. There are so many is­sues press­ing de­mands for hu­man in­hab­i­ta­tion which is in­creas­ing with a pro­jected pop­u­la­tion growth rate that will see the world ex­ceed 10-bil­lion peo­ple by 2050.

As a re­sult man­u­fac­tur­ers of cars, trucks and any­thing that burns fos­sil fu­els are work­ing on tech­nol­ogy im­prove­ments to meet the new stan­dards. An ex­am­ple is the heavy duty in­dus­try, which has made sweep­ing changes, and now most truck/bus man­u­fac­tures will meet, or com­ply with Euro VI stan­dards.

This now means you need a Heavy Duty scan­ner to di­ag­nose and per­form ba­sic DPF (par­tic­u­late fil­ter) burn-off, Ad Blue mon­i­tor­ing so­lu­tion con­trol, oxy­gen sen­sors, clear fault codes etc.

Tech­nol­ogy now built into all petrol and diesel ve­hi­cles to meet these new emis­sion stan­dards re­quires au­to­mo­tive tech­ni­cians/me­chan­ics to up­skill them­selves and up­grade their tech equip­ment.

The cost of this tech­nol­ogy “up­grade “is both with equip­ment and with knowl­edge. It’s a bit like the chicken or the egg when it comes to de­cid­ing what should come first. The cost of ac­quir­ing what you need will be var­ied, from a gen­eral au­to­mo­tive me­chanic to a heavy duty diesel spe­cial­ist.

Luck­ily Launch pro­vides a plat­form for the pro­fes­sional user. The pow­er­ful X431 PAD II Gen II, now with su­per­fast Oc­ta­core (eight CPUs) is ex­clu­sive to LaunchNZ, and has more than 3,000 easy one-but­ton up­dates a year, for well over 100 make.

It has IP65 wa­ter­proof spec­i­fi­ca­tions, is 1.5 me­tre drop-tested, and with a dust-proof de­sign, as well as the Launch next gen­er­a­tion soft­ware suite, which gives OEM-level ac­cess to Asian, Eu­ro­pean, Aus­tralian, Amer­i­can and do­mes­tic ap­pli­ca­tions for mod­ule cod­ing, re­sets, re­learns and bi-di­rec­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties.

Also in­cluded is code search, with the quick­est re­sponse for code so­lu­tions; it auto searches Google with DTC and re­lated info. Auto-ID is avail­able for ve­hi­cle sys­tems and mod­ules, with real-time re­mote di­ag­no­sis, built-in cus­tomer man­age­ment, and link to Launch.

Other fea­tures in­clude a builtin re­pair data­base, fast Wi-Fi, Class-1 Blue­tooth 2.1 con­nec­tor for op­ti­mum wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity, a high res­o­lu­tion cam­era with still and video ca­pa­bil­i­ties, and a10.1 inch high res­o­lu­tion IPS touch screen. The 12,000mAh lithium-ion bat­tery gives up to 12 hours use, and us­ing the desk­top dock­ing sta­tion for charg­ing and stor­age is a breeze. There’s 64GB of on-board mem­ory, ex­pand­able up to 128 GB and a Launch Wi-Fi por­ta­ble printer is avail­able. Do not con­fuse it with any other Launch.

The pro­fes­sional heavy-duty 24V truck di­ag­nos­tic mod­ule based on An­droid is now also avail­able. This mod­ule is a new gen­er­a­tion heavy­duty truck fault di­ag­nos­tic tool de­vel­oped by LaunchTech.

Ad­van­tages in­clude wide heavy duty model cov­er­age (42 makes), pow­er­ful test func­tion, ad­di­tional spe­cial func­tions and ac­cu­rate test data, etc. In­cluded are all the di­ag­nos­tic func­tions of the for­mer X-431 Truck Scan­ner, plus it com­bines the ap­pli­ca­tion ad­van­tages of the PAD II An­droid plat­form. For a lim­ited time we are in­clud­ing a set of Truck adapters worth $900 at no charge. With ev­ery PAD II and Truck combo.

Don’t re­gret it later! Call us be­fore you buy any other scan­ner. Have you come across peo­ple on TradeMe etc claim­ing they are a master dealer? Get the scan­ner se­rial num­ber and let us know. We can ver­ify it. Warn­ing: we may switch off any scan­ner pur­chased through il­le­gal chan­nels.

The last thing you want to do is buy a tool which fails to work as de­scribed, or find it’s a clone and can­not be reg­is­tered/re­paired/sup­ported. Here at LaunchNZ we are only a phone call away. All en­quiries please call Vince: 021 241 4885 for quick re­sponse

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