September 2023 - 42

Power Probe PWM Adapter
Q & A with David Merendino director of sales for Power Probe and Dave Barden
manager of technical training for Power Probe and the inventor of the PWM Adapter.
Q: What makes this product innovative?
A: Barden: It has a kind of unique function. There are
a lot of tools that can measure PWM, otherwise
known as duty cycle, but not too many tools that
will actually output a PWM signal. And if you
do find them, they're rather expensive. This
tip adds that function to any Power Probe.
A: Merendino: That's one of the great things
about it is the fact that there are so many Power
Probes out there. Techs can, with a small purchase,
gain some great functionality when
they're diagnosing vehicles.
Q: What was the inspiration
behind creating this product?
A: Barden: Believe it or not, a lot of our inspiration
comes from our tech support line. The
customers are telling us what functions they're looking for. So,
we usually take that into advice when we're building new tools,
but sometimes we're thinking, 'Hey, maybe existing users want
these functions too.' So, we came up with a line of tips, so they
could add these different functions to existing Power Probes.
A: Merendino: That's one of the things I love about Power
Probe is our focus on staying connected with technicians and we
have a running joke about, you know, the further you get from the
street, the dumber you get. So, it's important to really connect
with technicians and understand what their challenges are on a
day-to-day basis.
Q: How will this product improve the lives
of technicians and shop owners?
A: Barden: More and more components and functions on vehicles
nowadays are being controlled by this pulse width modulated
signal, so it will allow them to either directly drive those components,
or indirectly, through a computer module, control those
components, which is something you really can't do without a
PWM output signal.
A: Merendino: PWM's have been around for years. OEM
manufacturers have been using it to control components for a
long time, but over the last 10 to 12 years we've seen a big uptick
in the number of vehicle components that are driven by pulse
width modulation as manufacturers look for greater
control and accuracy and they try and shed weight
on vehicles. So, we've seen it for years, but just
in the last few has it really become critical for
technicians to be able to simulate that signal
that the computer is putting on things like
cooling fans and fuel pumps and blower
motors. This really helps cut down diagnostic
time for technicians.
Q: What has been the
feedback from technicians
who've purchased this tool?
A: Barden: Actually, pretty amazing. I
knew it'd be a good tool. It's proven a little
more popular than we thought it would be.
In some of the uses that the technicians are
reporting they're actually using, we didn't even think of.
They're simulating sensor signals and things like that.
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September 2023

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of September 2023

September 2023 - 1
September 2023 - 2
September 2023 - 3
September 2023 - 4
September 2023 - 5
September 2023 - 6
September 2023 - 7
September 2023 - EDITOR'S NOTE
September 2023 - 9
September 2023 - NEW PRODUCTS
September 2023 - RSC1
September 2023 - RSC2
September 2023 - 11
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September 2023 - DIAGNOSTIC TECH
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September 2023 - TOOL BRIEFING
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September 2023 - TOOL REVIEWS
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September 2023 - BIG-TIME BOXES
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