Neil Hilton, Head of Hella Gutmann Solutions UK, delivers his opinion on the firm’s latest diagnostic solution.
The Hella Gutmann range of mega macs diagnostic tools has a reputation as being amongst the leading devices in the field. But with the introduction of mega macs X this month, the specialist aims to change the operational method and communication with the vehicle from a diagnostic standpoint, providing a flexible solution that can adapt to whatever size of workshop.
The mega macs X provides flexibility and an array of options when it comes to both the hardware and software configurations. It allows individual workshops to choose whether they wish to combine their existing desktop browsers or tablets with the system, or move to a totally mega macs driven platform. This level of flexibility means that should the workshop’s requirements change, then it is able to change the setup to match.
However, it is not only flexible in terms of hardware. Thanks to the different software modules that are available, workshops also have a choice when it comes to the scope of the services that can be accessed. This flexibility ensures that workshops are always able to gear the service level required to the needs of its customers and, should these requirements change, the software module can likewise be altered to make sure it always fulfils the needs of the workshop.
Not only is this system different from previous diagnostic solutions in its approach, it’s also very different in appearance, as it has neither a display nor a keypad. At a first glance, the wired OBD plug with integrated LED lighting looks like a modern, neatly designed Bluetooth VCI – which, incidentally, it is – but this future-orientated solution is also the most advanced diagnostic tool we have ever developed. It incorporates the processor, diagnostic software and integrated diagnostic protocols, which includes among others, the CAN FD and DoIP for new vehicle models such as Škoda Octavia, Volvo XC 90 and Golf 8 of Volkswagen, and communicates on a wireless basis.
The well-thought out design comprises sophisticated details such as useful cable duct and a magnetic surface, for easy and secure fixing and the compact dimensions means it can be placed easily on the charging tray when not in use. A green LED progress bar on the front and back of the device indicates active vehicle communication when performing diagnostic work.
This approach also allows workshops to stay in control of their overheads, as beyond the one-off costs to purchase the mega macs X hardware and relevant SDI X software, the only ongoing costs are for the associated annual licence, which includes any updates and system improvements as they are issued.
Naturally, as with the other devices in the line-up, the mega macs X is equipped with ADAS calibration software, which is now a must have feature for forward thinking workshops, as a standard feature. In addition, however, it also comes with a CSM (Cyber Security Management) function.
There is no need to register individually with each vehicle manufacturer portal to obtain diagnostic releases for their customer’s vehicles, subjecting themselves to extensive checks and potentially significant extra costs.
Instead, a one-time authentication, activated by proof of identification by passport or identity card, is all that’s needed for a mega macs user to have a clear path to work on all vehicles with a security lock, at the usual diagnostic depth.