All-in-one diagnostic tool

March 1, 2008
Technicians have long complained about being forced to use multiple scan tools and PCs to perform diagnostics on commercial trucks. To answer that complaint, Nexiq Technologies, a division of Snap-on Inc., says it will bring an PC/scan tool device to the market. The new Pro-Link iQ device, developed in partnership with Menlo Innovations, is a 2.5-lb. heavy-duty PC and scan tool in one, with an 8.5-in.

Technicians have long complained about being forced to use multiple scan tools and PCs to perform diagnostics on commercial trucks. To answer that complaint, Nexiq Technologies, a division of Snap-on Inc., says it will bring an “all-in-one” PC/scan tool device to the market.

The new Pro-Link iQ device, developed in partnership with Menlo Innovations, is a 2.5-lb. heavy-duty PC and scan tool in one, with an 8.5-in. touch screen tablet that contains 40 GB of internal data storage. It's designed to diagnose engines, transmissions and brake systems while creating reports, performing special tests, and downloading vehicle trip information.

Tom Kotenko, director of Nexiq, said the device will retail for about $2,550, with OEM-specific diagnostic software applications requiring a $500 to $900 one-time fee for upload into the device.

“You can drop this device from six feet up with no ill effect — that's how rugged it is,” says Kotenko. “It is also capable of maintaining applications for older trucks, while it's set up for 2010 protocols. You can also use this device to service a mixed fleet of vehicles — from Class 8 tractors down to light trucks.”

Nexiq is working with all OEMs to provide proprietary diagnostic applications for use on the Pro-Link, though not all the major truck manufacturers have done so to date, Kotenko said.

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