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The Year of the Pivot! Featuring DG Technologies’ Mark Zachos

THE YEAR of the PIVOT

Published December 2020

With the business world moving in great measure to virtual meetings and a remote workforce, an occasional glitchy voice or unruly pet in the background is part of the new normal. Companies and organizations across the globe are dealing as best they can with challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. So too is SAE International.

“SAE’s Membership and Community Engagement Team, like so many others round the world, had no choice but to quickly figure out how to pivot from the face-to-face past to the virtual present,” said Donna Edenhart, the team’s director. “Just like all other Teams, such as Pre- Professional, Events, Standards, and Professional Development, the entire organization was charged with continuing to advance the future of mobility from their private residences. One of the benefits that members enjoy the most is that they are provided with numerous networking opportunities, particularly through special events at SAE meetings and section activities. So we wanted to ensure that we provided both our members, as well as our volunteers, with activities and programs that would keep them inspired and active. Our team took a big swing at this unanticipated curveball, and we actually got a few hits.”

Mark Zachos gave a virtual presentation on cybersecurity


Luckily, Membership already had a long- established online community (Member Connection) specifically designed for discussions and activities of the virtual kind, so they were able to capitalize and expand on that existing resource.

“Virtual mentor mixers” proved to be a popular Member Connection feature in this unusual year. In mixers, a selected group of professionals volunteer to answer any questions Member Connection visitors might have on particular career theme. For example, the mixer from January was on the topic of “time management.” “Women in engineering and effective communication” was the theme of a popular May mentor mixer that generated 90 comments. A third mixer, on “relationship building and collaboration,” was to be held in mid-November, too late for coverage in this issue of Update.

“The virtual mentor mixers played an especially important role in 2020 because several face-to-face mentoring events were cancelled along with the SAE meetings that were to have served as physical venues for them,” said Corey Dillon, the SAE Member Relations Specialist who oversees Member Connection. “We love to hear from our older, more seasoned members who have seen the transformation of the industry in real time.”

Although not a new Member Connection feature in 2020, the “chat with the experts” series proved popular. Chats are somewhat similar to mixers except with the former there is only one host/presenter, and the topic is sometimes more technically oriented. Nineteen subject experts served as hosts for the four 2020 chats.

Another Member Connection highlight in 2020 was creation of a special student discussion community. “We don’t hear a lot from students in an open forum because we learned that they are somewhat intimidated by interacting with professional members on technical topics,” said Dillon. “But now they have their own space to talk to each other, as well as learn about their student-specific SAE benefits.”

Member Connection served the basis for much, but not all, of Membership’s virtual engagement opportunities this year. The Industrial Lecture Program for college students successfully transitioned from in- person presentations to online ones, for example.

Also switching into virtual gear this year was the Membership unit’s Contributor of the Year (COTY) program. The 2020 COTY Class was feted online last month but will also be honored alongside the 2021 Class in a live program tentatively scheduled for late 2021.

Pivoting right along with SAE staff to a virtual medium were SAE sections. Several held virtual meetings 2020, including the Mid-Michigan Section. One of its “events” featured Mark Zachos, a member of the 2019 COTY Class, presenting on “Cybersecurity during the COVID-19 Pandemic.” Also holding multiple virtual events were the So-Cal, Washington, DC, and Detroit sections. One of the Detroit Section’s programs was a collaboration with the SAE Membership Team on the topic of SAE member benefits, and another on what it’s like for women working in the automotive engineering.

Also, usually held at SAE headquarters, the biennial Section Officers Leadership Seminar in 2020 was held virtually.

This article is from SAE, obtained with permission.

 

 

 

Announcing NEW DPA 5 PRO Updates Available for Download!

Announcing NEW DPA 5 PRO Updates that are going to change your business! Version 4.01.40 is now Available for Download

The best tool value in the world just got better!

The industry is changing and your DG Technologies tools are leading the way to protect your business, your systems, your trucks and your customer assets. We have taken the newest industry specifications and CyberTech standards and packed them inside your DPA 5 PRO to further improve the most secure and trusted tool in the trucking industry today.

DG Technologies has released version 4.01.40 software for the DPA 5 PRO Vehicle Diagnostic Adapter.  This includes updated DPA firmware, an updated DG Utilities install, RP1210 & Native driver changes, updated security protection from CyberTech, and efficiency enhancements.

Keep your tools secure and operating at peak performance by going to our downloads page at https://www.dgtech.com/downloads/ and download version 4.01.40 for the DPA 5 PRO.

To view and/or download individual product documents, head over to our documents page at https://www.dgtech.com/documents/.

To purchase a new DPA 5 PRO today, visit the DG Technologies webstore at https://www.dgtech.com/store/dpa-5-pro.html.

All of us at DG Technologies appreciate your business and we are working hard every day to improve our products and make your job easier.  Our goal is to provide the most rugged, reliable, and CyberTech secure tools for you with free DG Diagnostics software.

For further information:
DG Technologies
33604 West Eight Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
1-248-888-2000
info@dgtech.com

General Contact:
Mr. John McNelis
Sales and Marketing Manager
jmcnelis@dgtech.com

VSI-2534 Version 2.10.12 is now Available

VSI-2534 Version 2.10.12 is now Available for Download

To our valued customers:

DG Technologies has released version 2.10.12 software for the VSI-2534 automotive diagnostic and reprogramming tool.  This update includes speed and efficiency enhancements, bug fixes and a fix for General Motors reprogramming failures.

Please follow this helpful procedure to download the update.

1.  Open Control Panel | Programs and Features – locate VSI-2534 Software, highlight it, right-click, select uninstall, follow instructions, reboot your PC.

2.  Open https://www.dgtech.com/downloads/ Scroll down, click on Automotive Products, scroll down to VSI-2534 – Version 2.10.12.  Click on Download button, save to a folder of your choice.

3.  Before installing this software, please disconnect VSI-2534 from your PC via USB cable.

4.  Double click on the Setup_VSI2534.exe file to start the install, follow instructions.

5.  Once the installation is complete, reconnect VSI-2534 via USB.

6.  Open the Program Menu, find and click on the DGTech VSI-2534 folder, select Firmware Updater and Click Update Firmware.  Follow all prompts until complete.

7.  Use either the new AVT or DGD to validate communication with a vehicle of your choice.

To view and/or download individual product documents, head over to our documents page at https://www.dgtech.com/documents/.

To purchase a new VSI-2534 today, visit www.dgtech.com/store, and navigate to the ‘automotive’ tab.

All of us at DG Technologies appreciate your business and we are working hard every day to improve our products and make your job easier.  Our goal is to provide the fastest, most rugged, reliable tools for you.

 

Announcing New DPA 5 Version 4.01.40 is now Available for Download!

Announcing New DPA 5 Updates, Version 4.01.40 is now Available for Download!

To our valued DPA customers,

DG Technologies has released version 4.01.40 software for the DPA 5 Vehicle Diagnostic Adapter.  This includes updated DPA firmware (65.311), an updated DGUtilities install, RP1210 & Native driver changes, updated security features, bug fixes and efficiency enhancements.

Keep your tools secure and operating at peak performance by going to our downloads page at https://www.dgtech.com/downloads/ and download version 4.01.40 for the DPA 5.

To view and/or download individual product documents, head over to our documents page at https://www.dgtech.com/documents/.

To purchase a new Dearborn Protocol Adapter (DPA) today, visit www.dgtech.com/store, and be sure to enter discount code ‘nemo’ for a special offer.

All of us at DG Technologies appreciate your business and we are working hard every day to improve our products and make your job easier.  Our goal is to provide the fastest, most rugged, reliable tools for you with free diagnostic software.

For further information:
DG Technologies
33604 West Eight Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
1-248-888-2000
info@dgtech.com

General Contact:
Mr. John McNelis
Sales and Marketing Manager
jmcnelis@dgtech.com

An Update from DG Technologies

Friends, Family, Clients, Customers and Colleagues;

The coronavirus continues to impact people and businesses throughout the U.S. and around the world. This has created some uncertainty in lives, jobs and the economy. Please know that DG Technologies understands this, and we are still here for you as we all work through this new reality together. DG Technologies is open for business, required to be operational due to our position in the critical supply chain, working remotely from home and in our small offices in Farmington Hills, Michigan and Indianapolis, Indiana.

The health and well-being of our clients, friends, family, staff and communities are critically important to us. We are practicing safe procedures throughout our office to ensure the safety of our employees and we hope and encourage others to do so as well. We have asked that our staff avoid in-person meetings if possible, while remaining as accessible and responsive as always, by way of email, telephone and video conference.  All company and industry events are subject to cancellation and are being reviewed daily.

We want to continue to do business and earn your business and we thank you as valued members of the DG Technologies community. There are many ways to keep in touch with DG Technologies during this difficult time, visit dgtech.com, or follow our social networks. Twitter: @DGTechnologies, Facebook: @vehiclenetworksolutions, sales@dgtech.com, techsupport@dgtech.com or give us a call at 1-248-888-2000.

Thank you and stay safe!

John McNelis
Sales & Marketing, DG Technologies

New VSI-2534 Release, Available Now from DG Technologies

New VSI-2534 Release, Available Now from DG Technologies

A brand new VSI-2534 Release, 2.10.08, is now available from the Downloads page at dgtech.com. This update includes fixes to DG Assist, updated Tech2Win support, adds support for GMUART, and improves speed and general bug fixes. From the downloads page you will find full release notes and a download link.

DG Technologies continues to release new updates for all of our hardware to improve upon our 30+ year history of bringing highly advanced technician and engineering tools. Keep tabs with your products and be the first to download our latest updates by following our social media pages. @DGTechnologies on Twitter, and @vehiclenetworksolutions on Facebook.

DG Technologies, a diagnostics and vehicle network solutions provider for over 30 years, has worked in association with, and alongside domestic OEMs, and Tier 1 & 2 suppliers to the heavy-duty, automotive, agriculture, off-road, cybersecurity and recreational vehicle transportation markets. DG Technologies has a long affiliation and ties to American Trucking Association’s (ATA’s) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), SAE International and is a leading provider of aftermarket diagnostic products, engineering development tools, DG CyberTech and heavy vehicle digital forensics.

For more information on DG Technologies, visit www.dgtech.com.

For further information:
DG Technologies
33604 West Eight Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
1-248-888-2000
info@dgtech.com

General Contact:
Mr. John McNelis
Sales and Marketing Manager
jmcnelis@dgtech.com

d-briDGe PRO: Now Tested on more OEMs Than Ever!

d-briDGe PRO: Now Tested on more OEMs than ever!

The d-briDGe PRO just got even better. DG Technologies has announced the product has now been tested and validated with Honda, FCA, GM, Toyota, Hyundai, and Kia, among many others, giving your d-briDGe PRO the widest range of supported vehicles it has ever had.

The d-briDGe PRO  is used in conjunction with software applications to provide reprogramming and diagnostics to essentially all J2534 compliant Domestic, Asian and European vehicles. This is based on OEM requirements and restrictions. While many adapters only work on one brand of vehicle, the PRO works on all OEMs, making it a profitable and efficient tool for mechanics in this rapidly growing reflash market. You can find out more about OEM reprogramming for specific vehicles by visiting our OEM Service Websites page.

To purchase or update your d-briDGe PRO, visit dgtech.com and visit the ‘Downloads’ or ‘Store’ pages. The d-briDGe PRO comes with a 2 year extended warranty and United States based technical support from DG Technologies. It comes in a shop-ready rugged metal case and includes DG Diagnostics software with no update or maintenance fees.

All of us at DG Technologies appreciate your business and we are working hard every day to improve our products and make your job easier. Our goal during our 30 year history has been to provide the fastest, most rugged, reliable tools including diagnostic software. We want this to be the only diagnostic tool you will ever need.

DG Technologies, a diagnostics and reprogramming hardware and software  solutions provider has worked in association with, and alongside domestic OEMs, and Tier 1 & 2 suppliers to the automotive, heavy-duty, agriculture, off-road, cybersecurity and recreational vehicle transportation markets. DG Technologies has a long affiliation and ties to SAE International, American Trucking Association’s (ATA’s) Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC), and is the leading provider of aftermarket diagnostic products, engineering development tools, DG CyberTech and heavy vehicle digital forensics.

For more information on DG Technologies, visit www.dgtech.com.

For further information:
DG Technologies
33604 West Eight Mile Road
Farmington Hills, MI 48335
1-248-888-2000
info@dgtech.com

General Contact:
Mr. John McNelis
Sales and Marketing Manager
jmcnelis@dgtech.com