There’s no doubt that today’s equipment can be a challenge to repair, let alone figure out what’s wrong. To help, companies are creating tools to diagnose and repair equipment, with one such company based in Spain and expanding into the U.S.
Cojali USA offers its Jaltest AGV system, which claims to diagnose issues with all makes of equipment. Isidro Flores, sales director for Jaltest AGV, provided a demonstration of the system at a farm show this winter.
“We can diagnose problems on any make of farm equipment,” he said. The system is built in modules, including agriculture, construction, off-road and other equipment. Buyers can purchase only the module they need — for example, ag equipment.
During his discussion of the technology, Flores flipped through different brands and models of equipment. “We have more than manuals in this system,” he said. “We can show the suggested service intervals for specific equipment, and we can show when larger tasks are needed.”
For example, if a specific machine is due for a major service task at 5,000 hours, the system can share that information with the user. “This is a total maintenance and repair solution,” Flores said.
All makes diagnosed
Flores noted that the prime customer for this system is not only the independent repair shop working on various brands, but also farmers wanting to repair their own machinery. He clicked through the many brands on the system, noting Cojali has captured key information for every major brand around the world.
Besides reading and clearing fault codes, the program will also calibrate components such as the injectors, transmission, rear lift or spool valves; perform diesel particulate filter regeneration; and modify parameters, among others.
The system can link into the ISOBUS connection on a machine to pull in and interpret repair codes. And a range of connectors match specific models that may require other ways to access maintenance information.
When connected to a machine, the system automatically detects error codes and can provide real-time live data monitoring. The system provides an interactive wiring diagram, which Flores demonstrated. “The user can see just how a specific system is supposed to work and what might need to be repaired,” he said.
During the demonstration, as he clicked through the many features offered, Flores said the company is always updating the system remotely to ensure a user has the most current information for every model. The days of stacks of repair manuals on the shelf for different machines would end with this system.
And the repair guides are interactive, allowing users to troubleshoot problems based on fault codes and symptoms.
The modular design of the system also makes it easy for the operator to decide on the best way to start using the product. For a large farm with a lot of equipment to repair, the $4,200 cost for the system with the ag module may make sense. For service techs working on many brands, more modules beyond the single ag module may be better.
“The buyer can decide what they need when they start,” Flores said.
For the farmer or independent shop that’s looking for ways to repair the newest equipment, the Jaltest AGV system can help. For more information, visit cojaliusa.com.