Mitchell 1, at the Technology and Maintenance Council's 2022 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition in Orlando Sunday, announced its next-generation electrical diagnostics software and time management tool.
Ben Johnson, director of product management for Mitchell 1, said the updates help better prepare technicians for the challenges ahead in servicing complex and technologically advanced vehicles, such as those equipped with vehicles with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) or fully electric trucks (EV’s).
“We’re also seeing a continued emphasis on the environment with cleaner diesel technology, along with an increasing focus on electric drivetrains – whether they are powered by huge banks of batteries or by hydrogen and fuel cells,” Johnson said, adding some new features will help technicians service advanced electronics vehicles, including added components, wiring, and circuits that they’ve possibly never seen before. "With these new technologies, maintenance technicians will experience a lot of ‘first time’ events in the repair shop with no experience to draw upon. What this means is that techs on the front lines will need to adopt a proven electronic diagnostics strategy to succeed in repairing and maintaining fleets with these advanced technologies.”
Johnson said with the latest release of TruckSeries repair information, Mitchell 1 has added exclusive features to its wiring diagrams that help save even more time when working on complex electrical issues, enhancing diagram navigation and making connectors, grounds and splices not only searchable but also interactive.
Johnson also introduced Mitchell 1’s new suite of time management features for shops that service commercial trucks. Available in Mitchell 1’s Manager SE Truck Series, the software automatically generates productivity statistics as technicians clock in-and out of labor operations, and also enables users to track and report employee shift hours in real time on mobile devices. The new time management features, coupled with new diagnostic tools, are designed to assist shops with challenges they encounter with increasing electrification of commercial trucks.