Noregon issues JPRO diagnostics software update

Feb. 16, 2015

NASHVILLE. Noregon Systems released an update for its JPRO commercial vehicle diagnostics program at the 2015 Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) annual meeting that expands model year coverage for a variety of heavy, medium, and light-duty vehicles as well as for two diesel engine families.

Greg Reimmuth, Noregon’s senior VP-sales and marketing, said the new JPRO Commercial Vehicle Diagnostics 2015 v1 includes expanded coverage of model years and diagnostic data for:

  • Freightliner and Freightliner Cascadia body and chassis controllers;
  • Detroit and Cummins engines;
  • Ford, GM and Sprinter vehicles;
  • And a new “demo mode” to enable users to explore JPRO features quickly and easily without the need to access a vehicle.
He reiterated that JPRO acts as a “triage tool” and is not designed to replace OEM-specific diagnostic devices and software.

“Our research shows that 85% of truck repairs don’t require OEM software to fix them,” Reimmuth (at right) explained. “JPRO allows technicians to identify and separate those repairs from ones needing OEM software. Like triage in a hospital emergency room, it tells you what repair requires only a nurse for a few stitches and what needs the heart surgeon or in the truck repair world an A-level technician.”

He added that Noregon is also looking to tap into the “reservoir” of truck repair data it’s gathered over the last decade to create what the company calls a “Truck Checkup Kiosk” service that with allow drivers to literally “self-diagnose” trucks while refueling for a fee.

“The average heavy-duty truck produces 3.5 to 4 fault codes per operating day and therein lies the inherent problem: a lot of data but little information as to what codes indicate critical issues,” he said. “Based on our data reservoir, we’re creating a simple truck ‘health report’ that can quickly determine for a driver whether their truck is healthy or not while at a fuel stop.”

While this service isn’t commercialized as of yet, Reimmuth noted that Noregon hopes to have it ready to go live by March.

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