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News   August 30, 2018   by Adam Malik

New Snap-on diagnostic tool uses infrared technology

Snap-on Diagnostics has introduced the Diagnostic Thermal Imager Elite, which uses infrared technology to reveal heat caused by friction, electrical resistance, pressure changes and more.

Technicians can track down vehicle faults and find the fix faster, without having to hope or guess that the code was the right one after all.

“The Diagnostic Thermal Imager Elite delivers detailed images composed of 4,800 distinct temperature zones, making extreme temperatures up to 840 degrees Fahrenheit visible with absolute precision anywhere under the hood or around the car,” said Helen Cox, senior marketing manager for Snap-on Diagnostics. “It comes loaded with a database full of automotive applications, guided tests and reference images to help technicians interpret results, putting a more accurate diagnosis and productivity in clear view, on every job.”

Some key features include:

  • Point at any area of the vehicle for detailed images of the object’s heat signature
  • Customized views on screen to assist in diagnosis and pinpointing location
  • Image blending, split screen view, picture-in-picture view and record a 20 second video
  • Pull trigger to capture images; then use saved images to create convincing repair orders; save, store and print
  • Detects problems all around the vehicle: brakes, heated seats, misfires, HVAC, worn bearings, belts, emission controls and more
  • Reference images show normal and failed components so technicians know what to look for

Images captured by the unit is automatically uploaded to the cloud via Snap-on’s new sharing service,, when connected to Wi-Fi. Technicians are able to access the images from their phone or computer whenever needed.

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