Wireless applications for Tachograph workshops
Automechanika 2008: New diagnosis system VDO CTC II with Bluetooth
Frankfurt am Main/Germany, September 16, 2008
Continental is still working at full stretch on the perfect infrastructure for the digital tachograph (DTCO). This means the market leader in the field of tachographs can now offer workshops and service companies a completely new diagnosis system which will make the calibration and inspection of all customary tachographs even easier in future. The compact test computer VDO CTC II will be making its debut at the Automechanika in Frankfurt.
Just as during the era of analogue tachographs, trucks and buses equipped with digital tachographs have to be inspected by specialized companies every two years. In addition, the devices have to be calibrated and programmed by an authorized partner workshop before their first trip. VDO has supported these companies from the word go with the respective diagnosis systems that have been undergoing continual advanced development and improvement ever since the introduction of DTCOs. As a result, a completely new generation of the compact test computer CTC – which has little more than its name in common with its predecessor – is now available for determining the so-called distance pulse rates and the subsequent basic setting of the digital tachograph. Because in addition to a more powerful processor and an optimized memory architecture, the pocket-sized test computer now includes a Bluetooth interface for the first time.
Without the mechanic having to pull a single cable, this interface organizes data exchange between the test bench, hand-held and workshop computer. On top of all that, it has an ergonomically optimized shape and impact-resistant housing with a rubber coating that is as favorable to grip as it is insensitive. Thanks to the built-in rechargeable battery, customary spent battery replacement is now a thing of the past. The CTC II, that can still calibrate both digital and analogue shaft devices, is supplied either for mobile use with a light barrier over a testing distance 20 meters long, or for stationary use on roller test benches.
No matter which VDO test and diagnostic computers the workshops use – the heart of the service program for the VDO partner companies remains the KIPAS software. This draws up the official inspection certificates and the respective stickers for the vehicle, supports the specialized companies with the prescribed data archiving and takes over the management and updating of customer, inspection and vehicle data.
With sales exceeding €24 billion in 2008, the Continental Corporation is one of the top automotive suppliers worldwide. As a supplier of brake systems, systems and components for the powertrain and chassis, instrumentation, infotainment solutions, vehicle electronics, tires and technical elastomers, the corporation contributes towards enhanced driving safety and protection of the global climate. Continental is also a competent partner in networked automobile communication. The corporation currently employs approximately 133,000 at nearly 190 locations in 35 countries.
The Automotive Group is one of the leading global automotive suppliers. With its three Divisions Chassis & Safety (5.1 billion €, 27,000 employees), Powertrain (4 billion €, 25,000 employees) and Interior (5.9 billion €, more than 30,000 employees) it achieved sales of approximately 15 billion € in 2008. The Automotive Group is present in more than 130 locations worldwide. As a partner of the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, it develops and produces innovative products and systems for a modern automotive future, in which a car accommodates individual mobility and driving pleasure to driving safety, environmental responsibility and cost-efficiency.
Within the Continental Interior Division the Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit accommodates the specific requirements of the commercial vehicle, special vehicle and aftermarket sector. A global network of sales and service companies ensures proximity to local customers. Covering the product brands Continental, VDO, ATE and Barum the Business Unit offers electronic products, systems and services for commercial and special vehicles, a broad selection of products for specialized workshops and spare parts for the Independent Aftermarket and the Original Equipment Services after end of series production of the vehicle manufacturer.