Web-based trainings teach basic knowledge about automotive technology
“Virtual Diagnosis Simulation” simulates everyday workshop business
Multimedia presentations explain new vehicle systems in a fascinating manner
Plochingen (Germany) – Bosch now also offers schooling contents of vocational schools and educational institutions as e-learning modules. The company thus responds to the increasing demands placed on apprenticeships related to workshops such as the apprenticeship of automotive mechatronics technicians. The increasing amount of electronics and ever more complex systems installed in recent motor vehicles also influence the schooling contents at vocational schools and institutions of advanced training. In addition, today’s apprentices of automotive professions grow up using computers, tablet computers and smartphones. E-learning offers, such as the ones Bosch Automotive Aftermarket now provides for vocational schools and educational institutions, complement conventional classes. These online trainings impart basic automotive knowledge, knowledge about vehicle systems and teach strategies for diagnoses by means of videos and animations as well as exploded models and practical exercises.
Online trainings, simulations, multimedia presentations Bosch offers three different types of e-learning possibilities for vocational schools and educational institutions: Web-based trainings impart basic knowledge, the “Virtual Diagnosis Simulation” familiarizes with the use of Esitronic, KTS or FSA and allows practicing it, and multimedia presentations provide an overview of state-of-the-art technology installed at specific vehicles.
The web-based trainings contribute to the user’s self-study, both theoretically and in practice. All contents can also be printed out in order to use or discuss them in class as well. For now, web-based trainings are available for the areas of engine management, electrics and ABS/ESP.
The Virtual Diagnosis Simulation allows the learners to work over everyday workshop situations on different vehicle systems. For this purpose, they can virtually check vehicle components and develop own diagnostic strategies using diagnostic and service tools (e.g. Esitronic, KTS, FSA and Diesel Set 1). The program simulates faults that could occur at everyday workshop business. The students then have to solve and remedy these faults. This eases the comprehension of complete error chains. At the same time, the vehicle-system components are described in detail. For now, this tool also deals with the topics related to engine management, electrics and ABS.
The multimedia presentations provide an overview of all vehicle systems and corresponding detailed information. With the aid of animations and films, they describe the system structure, possibilities of diagnoses and information on technical novelties – among others. And again, a final exam provides the possibility to assess the success of the training.
In addition to conventional classes, these e-learning offers provide apprentices and automotive mechatronics technicians at advanced training for foremen with the possibility to acquire knowledge by their own and in an entertaining and fascinating manner. Concomitantly, teachers at vocational schools are supported in preparing their classes.
Contact-free and automatic measurement of the tire width prior to balancing
Ergonomic tire fitting thanks to tire lift
Test equipment for modern automotive workshops
State-of-the-art, quick and ergonomic working: At the international Reifen 2016 fair in Essen (Germany), Bosch presents several innovations. Among others, the full-range supplier of workshop equipment presents two wheel balancers with a feature allowing contact-free measurement of the tire width. As the measurement results are displayed within seconds, the efforts for the tire specialist are reduced significantly. Furthermore, Bosch presents a tire lift relieving the load on the tire specialists' back allowing them to work ergonomically even with tire changers of the latest generation. In addition, the workshop expert Bosch also presents latest systems for vehicle diagnoses and headlight adjustment.
Bosch exhibits at the Reifen 2016 fair in detail (Hall 1, stand 1C23):
New wheel balancers The Bosch WBE 4440 Sonar and WBE 4240 Sonar Digital tire changers are equipped with a new feature allowing contact-free measurement of the tire width. Within just six seconds, WBE 4440 automatically displays the measurement results on a 19-inch LCD screen; WBE 4240 provides the same information on a digital display. The user efforts are thus reduced. Thanks to the digital selection of the most important balancing routines via screen, the work steps are performed smoothly. A 360-degree light ring ensures enough light for attaching the balance weights. At the same time, it allows a clear view into the rim interior. Moreover, the new Bosch wheel balancers allow stopping the wheel at the optimum unbalance position. In case of WBE 4440, three different laser marks also help positioning the balance weights manually. This feature is optionally available for WBE 4240 as well.
New lift accessory for tire changers Bosch developed the new TSL 230 tire lift particularly for tire changers of the latest generation. It allows its operator to work ergonomically at all times. The lift is installed on the right side of the tire changer, right next to the bead breaker. This position and the integrated roller bed accelerate and ease the bead-braking process thus increasing the workshop efficiency. The lift can, for instance, be installed onto the pneumatic TCE 4400 and TCE 4470 tire changers equipped with a tiltable assembly column for car tire fitting. Both of these Bosch devices are particularly suitable for tire specialists dealing with high volumes.
Diagnosis, headlights, exhaust gases: Entry-level package for tire specialists By means of KTS 970, Bosch offers automotive workshops and tire specialists a great access to the business of professional vehicle diagnosis. The package consists of both a KTS 570 diagnostic tester and a DCU 220 tablet computer for mobile application at the workshop. This system allows performing complete ECU diagnoses. It is equipped with a dual-channel multimeter and a a dual-channel oscilloscope. The diagnostic tester and the tablet computer are connected via Bluetooth. The Esitronic workshop software guides the user through all test and diagnostic steps. The tablet computer can be controlled by its robust touch screen or via keyboard.
Conventional headlight testers are not suitable for the correct adjustment of modern xenon and LED headlight systems. Bosch thus developed the digital HTD 815 headlight tester featuring CMOS (Active Pixel Sensor) camera technology. It is able to determine the exact position of the cut-off line of all types of headlines thus allowing their correct adjustment. For the precise positioning of the light box in front of the vehicle, laser technology is used. The measurement results are displayed in real time on a 5.7-inch touch-screen display. The user is then provided with detailed adjustment instructions allowing him to adjust the headlight correctly in a very easy manner.
In 1976, Volvo first launched a car with a lambda sensor as standard equipment
Latest Bosch lambda sensors allow downsizing
Bosch parts range provides lambda sensors in original-equipment quality for almost any vehicle
Lambda sensors are smart controllers inside the exhaust gas system: They measure the composition of the engine exhaust gases. This technology first allowed exact dosing of the amount of fuel injected and thus highly efficient and clean engine operation. But there is even more. In gasoline engines, for instance, the fuel-saving overrun cut-off wouldn't be possible without modern lambda sensors. And neither would modern exhaust gas treatment in diesel engines. By now, 40 years have passed since Bosch first started the series production of this invention. These days, the one-billionth Bosch lambda sensor left the production facilities. “Lambda sensors are and will remain a key element to ensure clean and efficient operation of combustion engines,” Dr. Uwe Thomas, chairman of the Bosch Automotive Aftermarket business division, said. The production figures at Bosch also clearly show the significant increase in demand throughout the last 40 years. It took 32 years – from 1976 to 2008 – to reach the production record of 500 million pieces, but only eight years – from 2008 to 2016 – to double the production figures to 1 billion sensors.
Successful start of production in the USA In 1976, the story of success started in the USA: The Volvo 240/260-series was the first passenger car equipped with a Bosch lambda sensor as standard for the US market. Already back then, the emission regulations in the USA were relatively stringent. At the same time, the Bosch sensor gave proof of the performance modern engine technology can provide. Often, the emission values were even much lower than the limits allowed, thanks to accurate lambda control. By now, lambda sensors have become an integral part of modern cars. For technical reasons, more and more gasoline-powered vehicles use two lambda sensors per exhaust gas system. But also modern diesel vehicles are hard to imagine without any lambda sensor. This trend will continue as the ever more stringent statutory emission limits for newly registered gasoline and diesel vehicles can only be achieved by means of a highly efficient exhaust gas treatment.
Spare parts range benefits from 40 years of production know-how As leading OE supplier, Bosch also provides a spare parts range for automotive workshops including the matching lambda sensor for almost any vehicle equipped with a gasoline or diesel engine. This makes Bosch the worldwide leader of the automotive aftermarket – with a market coverage of 85 percent in Europe alone. The product range includes hundreds of versions on stock and are thus quickly deliverable.
Diagnosis and replacement of lambda sensors In case of a defective lambda sensor, car drivers should have it replaced as soon as possible. Without correctly measured values provided by the sensor, fuel combustion loses its effectiveness and the fuel consumption increases. An On-Board-Diagnosis (OBD) test at the workshop can provide reliably information on whether a lambda sensor needs to be replaced or not. By means of the KTS-series testers and latest emission testers, Bosch provides state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment allowing a quick and reliable evaluation of a lambda sensor's current condition. In most cases, workshops will find just the right lambda sensor in OE quality within the Bosch spare parts range including more than 1 200 part numbers solely for lambda sensors. As a competent partner for workshops, Bosch provides diagnostic equipment, parts and services from a single source.
To detect leaks on intake and exhaust gas systems as well as on windows and door seals
Mobile application using the vehicle battery as source of power
Can be used on almost any vehicle
Leakages on a vehicle’s intake or exhaust gas system can result in a loss of power, increased fuel consumption and even increased pollutant emissions. However, leakages, particularly small ones, are often difficult to detect. The new Bosch SMT 300 leak finder now allows automotive workshops to perform leak tests on several closed vehicle systems. Furthermore, the compact device allows the detection of wind or water leakages on windows and door seals. A completely new method is used to detect leakages: With SMT 300, a special smoke with ultra-violet color passes a rubber hose before reaching the smoke distributor. Once in place, it is then forwarded to the area to be tested. In this manner, the extraction cone allows for example testing exhaust gas systems. For its mobile application, the systems can be supplied with power from the vehicle battery. Testing the exhaust gas system for instance, both size and location of a leakage can be detected and determined with just two work steps. The integrated test mode of the SMT 300 allows checking vehicle systems without using smoke at first. That way, smoke only has to be used if required. In addition, the amount of smoke can be controlled, thus allowing economical use of the UV colorant.
Patented colorant solution – manufacturer warranty remains unaffected In order to detect leakages of colored smoke, the scope of delivery includes special goggles with yellow glasses and a combi lamp. Thanks to the UV light the lamp emits and the special goggles, the UV smoke becomes clearly visible. For the smoke formation, the new Bosch leak finder uses the patented UltraTraceUV color solution. As the smoke does not damage any vehicle components, using the SMT 300 at the workshop does not affect the manufacturer’s warranty at all. The compact SMT 300 leak finder is equipped with a smoke-flow controller and both a pressure and a vacuum indicator. All accessories are supplied within a robust case.