Mitchell 1 introduced next-generation electrical diagnostic software and time-tracking tools for truck service operations. Ben Johnson, director of product management, noted that this reinforces Mitchell 1’s focus on preparing technicians for the upcoming challenges in servicing the increasingly complex and technologically advanced vehicles they will see in their workshops – from vehicles equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to fully electric trucks.
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At a press conference at TMC’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Transportation Technology Expo, Johnson introduced Mitchell 1’s new suite of time management features for workshops that service class 4-8 trucks. Available in the Mitchell 1 Series Manager SE Truck, the software automatically generates productivity statistics as technicians enter and exit work operations, and also allows users to track and report the hours worked by employees in real time on mobile devices.
New time tracking features, combined with new diagnostic tools, are designed to help workshops meet the challenges they face with the increasing electrification of commercial trucks.
“With these new technologies, service technicians will experience many events ‘for the first time’ in the repair shop without any experience to draw on,” Johnson said. “This means frontline technicians will need to adopt a proven electronic diagnostics strategy to successfully repair and maintain fleets with these advanced technologies.”
He detailed new Mitchell 1 features that will help technicians proficiently service the vehicle’s advanced electronics, including added components, wiring and circuitry they may not have seen before. With the latest version of TruckSeries repair information, Mitchell 1 has added exclusive features to its wiring diagrams that save even more time when working on complex electrical issues, the company noted. They improve diagram navigation by making connectors, grounds, and splices not only searchable but also interactive.
“At Mitchell 1, we believe the wiring diagram can and should be the hub of electrical diagnostics with additional information to support the schematic,” Johnson noted. “However, the wiring diagram is just one tool in a vast toolbox of features that we provide to help the diagnostician find the root causes of problems quickly and accurately.”
New enhancements to Truck-Series Advanced Interactive Wiring Diagrams streamline navigation through a set of diagrams – or from one set of diagrams to a completely different set of diagrams, the company noted. It also adds interactivity to connectors, grounds, and splices. Enhancements also include a scrolling history that displays the previous 10 charts viewed in a session.
Exclusive to Mitchell 1, advanced interactive wiring diagrams allow users to navigate directly through the schematic to repair component information. The component names displayed in wiring diagrams are active links that direct users directly to necessary information, such as location, connector views, and replacement procedures.
Connectors, grounds and splices are also searchable in 1Search and include active hyperlinks that take users directly to related content. Truck-Series not only takes the user to the specific schematic, but when the schematic is opened, the component, connector, ground or splice will come into focus with all traces already highlighted.
Johnson explains how electric vehicles could change the service
“With all of this technology coming so fast, we’re going to have a lot of ‘firsts’ in the next few years. We’re going to have to go back to a good old fashioned diagnostic process to fix the latest trucks,” he said. said “Most technicians are not very knowledgeable about electronic systems. To help them, regardless of the technology, will require wiring. The reality is that the electrical diagram is only one tool in the process of electrical diagnosis.
He then delved into a use case of Mitchell 1’s advanced interactive wiring diagram:
Regarding the potential commonalities of electric truck electric systems versus diesel, Johnson said:
“What we see in electric vehicles is that there are traditional 12 or 24 volt circuits that run AC fans and other things, and then there is the high voltage system that runs the propulsion system. The diagram itself will be similar, but we’re looking at what OEMs are doing to diagram it. We’ve seen a mish-mash of some OEMs detailing what high-voltage systems are and some that aren’t so clear. So the wiring diagrams you have seen here will translate to electric trucks. »