A computer just for technicians

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Snap-on diagnostics has teamed with Handspring Inc. to create the new Smart Data Systems Technician’s Computer, a handheld automotive repair information device, which includes a full set of PDA organizer functions.

The Technician’s Computer uses Handspring’s Visor to provide a full range of ShopKey reference and data tracking information, delivered in two Springboard modules.
The PDA organizer component allows the device to also function as an address book, appointment schedule, calculator and daily to-do list.

Included in the ShopKey reference information is technical data on:

  • Brake specifications;
  • Brake bleeding procedures;
  • Electrical component locations;
  • Emission control application tables;
  • Engine performance technical service bulletins;
  • Fluid capacities;
  • Maintenance light reset procedures;
  • Service intervals;
  • Torque specifications;
  • Tune-up specifications.

In addition, the portable Technician’s Computer offers:

  • A tool inventory that allows technicians to track their personal tool supply list and investment records;
  • A labor tracker that enables auto repair technicians to log orders, enter personal labor rates and calculate earnings on a weekly basis;
  • A knowledge base for easy storage and quick reference to automotive information records and tips logged by year/make/model;
  • A list of racing schedules for today’s most popular events including CART, IRL, NASCAR, NHRA and SCORE.
  • A back-up module that allows users to easily restore lost data due to a battery failure or other technical problems.

The Snap-on Smart Data Systems Technician’s Computer retails for $695.