HANDHELD SCAN TOOL
[Note: this item is repeated from the Feb. 13 edition of Lockwood’s Product Watch, which used the wrong picture. –
The Pro-Link iQ is called a “revolutionary” new handheld scan tool for commercial vehicle repair, maintenance and
information. From NEXIQ Technologies, a Snap-on brand, it’s said to be designed for easy and reliable scanning of
vehicle functions and performance.
Joining with Menlo Innovations, a Michigan-based software firm, the product-development team worked with heavy-duty
truck technicians to understand what they needed and wanted in the scan tools they use. What they wanted was a tool
that simplifies vehicle diagnostics, NEXIQ says.
The iQ can diagnose engine faults, create data lists, provide trip information, perform special functions tests,
and provide reports. Using it is said to be intuitive, requiring a “very minimal” training period. Technicians can
pick it up and begin working with it immediately through a series of simple touch screens sorted by a set of
clearly marked navigation tabs, NEXIQ says.
At 2.5 lb, the Pro-Link iQ is lightweight and portable, sporting what’s claimed to be the industry’s largest color
screen at 8.4 in.
The iQ is available immediately with a number of applications. These include a generic Heavy Duty Standard (HDS) application broadcast of public data for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and OBD II for light- and medium-duty
vehicles. Also available are proprietary OEM applications for the Caterpillar ACERT, Detroit Diesel DDEC III, IV
and V, and International mid-range engines. Coming soon are Allison transmission applications covering 1K/2K, 3K/4K, and CEC1 transmissions and WABCO air and hydraulic applications. More applications will be added soon.
Existing applications will be updated regularly through the Internet.
Pro-Link iQ features include: a simple, common user interface across all OEM applications; touch screen for easy
activation of on-screen tabs; large-capacity hard drive for future updates and storage of additional information;
PC connectivity via the USB port; power by the vehicle or internal battery; and the capability of printing to most
The Pro-Link iQ currently is available nationwide exclusively through Snap-on franchisees. After May 8, 2008, it will also be available through NEXIQ distributors.
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