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Vehicle Service Systems With Component Associated Data Logging

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000239151D
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-16
Document File: 7 page(s) / 499K

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Abstract

A vehicle service system incorporating at least one data acquisition element configured to acquire, during the course of a service procedure, diagnostic data associated with either an operator, a vehicle, a vehicle wheel assembly undergoing a service procedure, or a component tool of the service system disposed to interact with the operator, the vehicle, and/or the vehicle wheel assembly during the service procedure. An associated processing system is configured to receive the system operational or system diagnostic data from the data acquisition element during the service procedure, and to store the acquired data in a persistent data storage for subsequent local or remote retrieval and/or review.

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Vehicle Service Systems With Component Associated Data

Logging

October 16, 2014

ABSTRACT

  A vehicle service system incorporating at least one data acquisition element configured to acquire, during the course of a service procedure, diagnostic data associated with either an operator, a vehicle, a vehicle wheel assembly undergoing a service procedure, or a component tool of the service system disposed to interact with the operator, the vehicle, and/or the vehicle wheel assembly during the service procedure. An associated processing system is configured to receive the system operational or system diagnostic data from the data acquisition element during the service procedure, and to store the acquired data in a persistent data storage for subsequent local or remote retrieval and/or review.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

  The present paper describes vehicle service systems, and in particular, to vehicle service systems such as wheel alignment systems, vehicle wheel balancers, and tire changers which are configured with data acquisition elements to acquire and log system operational or system diagnostic data which is associated with an operator's actions and interactions with the service system, which is associated with a vehicle or a vehicle wheel assembly undergoing a service procedure, and data which is associated with one or more components which interact with the operator, the vehicle, or the vehicle wheel assembly during a service procedure.

  Vehicle service systems such as wheel alignment systems, tire tread depth measurement systems, wheel balancers, and tire changers are configured to carry out various service procedures associated with either a vehicle or a vehicle wheel assembly, and often involve interaction with an operator (such as in the form of input commands, placement of articulated tools, positioning of a wheel assembly, etc.), as well as involve interaction between a component (such as a sensor, a mount / demount head, a bead roller, a load roller, or a pusher arm, etc.) and the vehicle or wheel assembly undergoing service. These service procedures may include imbalance measurement for wheel assemblies mounted to a wheel balancer shaft, tire inflation / deflation procedures, tire mount / demount procedures, tread depth measurement procedures, measurement acquisitions, and imbalance correction weight installations. Many of the events that occur during these service procedures are monitored by sensor components associated with the vehicle service systems and/or the specific components being utilized. In the event of a detected fault,

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various operational parameters can be stored in a data file which records the state of the vehicle service system at the time the fault was detected.

  While such stored event records provide useful information to a technician attempting to diagnose the occurrence of a fault, they do not provide a complete picture of the overall operation of the vehicle service system. Data logs...