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Mitchell 1 Introduces Interactive Wiring Diagrams, Time-Management Tools

Ben Johnson of Mitchell 1 by John Sommers II for Transport Topics

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Maintenance shop technology vendor Mitchell 1 has introduced interactive wiring diagrams and new time-management tools designed to help technicians more efficiently repair modern trucks.

The San Diego-based software company made the announcement during a March 6 press conference at the Technology & Maintenance Council 2022 Annual Meeting & Transportation Technology Exhibition.

Mitchell 1’s new suite of time-management tools, available in its Manager SE Truck Series software, automatically generates productivity statistics as technicians perform daily tasks.

That information can help shop managers better measure how their technicians are performing and indicate where additional training might be needed, said Ben Johnson, director of product management for Mitchell 1.

“One of the things [repair shops] wrestle with is understanding the amount of time that technicians are in the shop and how productive they actually are,” he said.

The company also has introduced new features to assist technicians as they work on advanced electronics, including components, wiring and circuits that they may not have encountered before. With its latest release of Truck Series repair information, Mitchell 1 has added enhanced diagram navigation to make connectors, grounds and splices both searchable and interactive.

The company’s Advanced Interactive Wiring Diagrams enable users to more easily access repair information for various components. The component names shown in the wiring diagrams are active links that take users directly to the information needed, such as location, connector views and replacement procedures.

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Johnson emphasized Mitchell 1’s focus on preparing technicians to service commercial vehicles equipped with increasingly advanced technologies, such as advanced driver assistance systems and battery-electric powertrains.

As emerging technologies take hold in the truck market and make their way into maintenance shops, technicians will frequently see new maintenance issues and symptoms for the first time.

“With all these technologies that are coming at us so fast, we’re going to have a lot of those first-time events over the next five, six, 10 years,” Johnson said.

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