Eaton has launched its new MD (Mobile Diagnostic) diagnostic service tool line with the release of the MD-200 hand-held device and a PC adapter.
The MD-200 tool can simultaneously monitor a number of powertrain components, including engines, for all makes and models of trucks with SAE J1587 and J1939 data links.
Because the software resides within the tool, there are no cartridges to install or swap. Any later software upgrades will be handled via the Internet, as will the purchasing of the tool itself, said Eaton.
The MD-200 incorporates four key functions into one device:
Scanner: monitors diagnostic messaging from electronic components, reads fault codes and records up to 30 seconds of “snapshot” data for analysis;
Comm Box: provides communications from PC to vehicle components;
Link Tester: isolates data link problems and monitors component communications (available this summer);
Data Logger: records up to one hour of communication link data (available this summer).
The separate Eaton Vehicle Link Adapter is a microprocessor-based interface for PC-to-vehicle communications. It is designed to be a primary link between commercial vehicles and Windows-based service applications. It provides connectivity through a PC's serial port and translates J1587, J1708, and mJ1939 standards.
The MD tools are available for direct sale over the Internet at the Roadranger store on Roadranger.com.
Rich VanSlambrouck, product line marketing manager, said the new tools are priced to make them affordable even to individual technicians. “The Eaton MD scan function (only) can be purchased for $699,” he said. “A technician can personally invest in the essential diagnostic business for less than the cost of a couple of power tools.”
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