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		»Diesel Laptops offers its tabletbased Fleet & Triage Tool, which
leverages TEXA USA's Navigator
TXTs diagnostic tool. Mobile
technicians can read fault codes,
conduct system resets, execute
DPF regens, and conduct DEF
system tests and cylinder cut-out
tests. Plus, because this solution
is paired with Diesel Laptops' DTC
Solutions program, technicians can
also look up repair information
and view wiring diagrams all
from the same interface.
Photo courtesy of Diesel Laptops

All of these tasks can help fleets improve uptime,
reduce bay time, and reduce overall maintenance,
repair, and tow costs. Maximizing those potential
benefits largely comes down to ease of use.
"Technicians want a triage tool that is going to
connect quickly," Kotenko reminds. "Along those
same lines, fleets don't want something that is
overly complex for their mobile technicians to use.
User-friendly features can be a big help, such as
touchscreens with simple up/down, left/right navigation. But speed is the big thing. Fleets want near
instantaneous connectivity. That technician on the
side of the road wants as much relevant information
in as short amount of time as possible."

Apps, tablets, and other options

Kotenko says it generally is not a wise idea to utilize
a PC-based triage diagnostic solution, which would
require the use of a laptop. Not only is a laptop more
challenging for the roadside technician to handle,
but it generally takes a while to boot up - which
eats up precious time neither the technician nor
driver have to waste. Yes, a PC-based solution will
likely be capable of providing more information,
but with a handheld device or mobile app, the speed
and convenience are there while still providing the
information a mobile technician needs.
First-Link is a mobile app that works with a
NEXIQ device called Blue-Link Mini, which plugs
into a vehicle's diagnostic port to provide wireless
communication with onboard ECUs. First-Link
monitors vehicle health status. For example, if
the check engine light comes on, the app helps the
driver understand the problem so they can seek
assistance. Back at the shop, the technician can
utilize that preliminary diagnostic information
to get a jumpstart on the repair when the truck
returns for service.
Pocket iQ2 is another one of NEXIQ's diagnostics tools that is well-suited to mobile technicians
in triage situations. Pocket iQ2 is a heavy duty
scan tool that provides a broader and deeper
array of information to help diagnose and repair
common issues. Fault codes are just the beginning.
There is also built-in software that can perform
DPF regens. The Pocket iQ2 can also monitor vital
system data including engine speed and load,
pressures, and temperatures.

Whereas NEXIQ's Blue-Link
Mini works in tandem with the
First-Link mobile app, Pocket iQ2
is a handheld device with built-in software.
Regardless, the technology provides mobile technicians with a fast, easy-to-use diagnostic solution
for triage situations.
Autel's MS906CV Heavy Duty Service Tablet is
also considered an effective triage tool.
"It's a less expensive alternative to our professional-level tool," Freeman says. "It essentially does
everything our professional-duty tool does, aside
from the longer list of bidirectional testing required
to perform bigger repairs."
The MS906CV has forced regen capability, and
mobile technicians can also do full vehicle scans or
select individual ECMs. From there, vehicle health
reports can be generated. Technicians can also use
the tablet to capture pictures and videos.
As diagnostics technology evolves, so do the
triage tools themselves.
NEXIQ, for example, is on the second iteration
of its triage diagnostics products. Autel's
MS906CV has been around since
roughly 2013 and continues to
evolve with market needs.
Freeman says the company
strives to stay on top of
trends, and perhaps
stay a step or two
ahead of them.
For instance, the
MS906CV already
has the ability to
assist mobile technicians with TPMS and 		»NEXIQ's Pocket iQ2
diagnostic device
ADAS-related issues.
Staying on top of enables mobile
trends is important. technicians to view
and clear fault codes,
The key to triage diagexecute DPF regens,
nostics is understandand monitor vital
ing the types of issues
system information
mobile technicians including engine speed
are likely to encoun- and load, pressure,
ter. Then diagnostics temperatures,
providers can develop and more.
the tools to help tech- Photo courtesy of NEXIQ Technologies
nicians diagnose and,
in some cases, remedy those issues right along the
side of the road. That helps the fleet save time and
money, which is becoming even more critical in
today's challenging and uncertain environment.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Fleet Maintenance

Uptime: How Fleets Can Connect with Tech Schools
Editor's Note: The Aftertreatment Blues
Keys to Maximizing Trailer ROI
Best Practices for Maintaining Hydraulic Braking Systems
Solving the Parts Puzzle
Contending with Accelerated BEV Tire Wear
Cold Weather HVAC Considerations
Management: CMMS Marketplace
Economic Outlook: Signs of Economic Recovery
Diagnostics: Choosing the Right Diagnostic Tool for Roadside Triage
Fleet Parts & Components
Tools & Equipment
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