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The self-powered MD-200 can monitor powertrains in all makes and models of trucks in North America with SAE J1587 and J1939 data links, says Eaton, with no brand-specific cartridges to swap.

Eaton Corp. chose the annual meeting of the Technology & Maintenance Council to introduce its new, handheld diagnostic service tool and PC adapter. Co-developed with Tempe, Ariz.-based AutoXray, the MD-200 is designed to assist maintenance professionals in diagnosing electronically controlled vehicle systems.

According to the company, the self-powered MD-200 can monitor powertrains in all makes and models of trucks in North America with SAE J1587 and J1939 data links. Software resides in the tool, says Eaton, so there are no brand-specific cartridges to swap.

The tool can perform four diagnostic functions:

  • The Scanner monitors diagnostic messages from electronic components, reads fault codes and can record up to 30 seconds of snapshot data for analysis.
  • The Comm Box provides communications from PC to vehicle components, allows simple transition to PC-based tools, and can also be used for J1587 and J1939 communications.
  • The Link Tester isolates datalink problems and monitors vehicle component communications (available this summer).
  • The Data Logger records up to one hour of communication link data (also available this summer.

The new Eaton Vehicle Link Adapter is a microprocessor-based interface, enabling PC-to-vehicle communications for Windows-based service applications. It translates J1587, J1708 and J1939 vehicle standards, and is compatible with TMC’s RP1210A and RP1202 standards.

The base MD-200 with the scan function costs $699 and can be expanded with additional functions and updates, which can be downloaded through the Internet. Free training is available.

For more information or to order, visit this site.