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Hofmann Megaplan upgrades its 3D aligner program to incorporate UltraHD camera technology

SSENCE HD brochure page 1 v2_smlThe new UHD Ssence 600 3D aligner from Hofmann Megaplan has arrived and it is another ‘game changing’ leap forward to our wheel alignment program. This flagship model is based on the Ssence 600, with the significant advantage of new UltraHD cameras, smaller, lightweight targets, and an updated interface. This combination delivers fast, precise results and is dramatically less susceptible to light pollution.

UHD – a few more pixels, so what?

The sensitivity of the Ultra HD cameras means they can pick up the minutest detail and accurately locate the much smaller reflective dots on the new targets, allowing them to be significantly reduced in size and weight. It also means the readings are less affected by light pollution. The new targets are less than a 1/3 of the size of it’s predecessors and weigh around 70% less, making them easy to handle and position, speeding up the alignment process.

Ssence – Updated Software

Finding a specific vehicle’s alignment settings is now much simpler and much more intuitive. Unlike some other systems there is no searching for several minutes to find the right vehicle. The system narrows the search as you type, saving crucial time in a busy workshop. There is also the option of adding the Hofmann Megatab allowing a clearer picture of any issues and allowing the technician the freedom to walk around the vehicle to carry out the work. The Megatab is a bespoke extension of the machine and not just a remote control application.

Stay on track – LiftTracker technology

You put the vehicle up on the lift, line up the cameras with the targets and then realise you need to get back into the vehicle. Time to start again, or is it? Once the Ssence has locked on to the targets, LiftTracker technology moves the beam in sync with the lift.  This allows the lift to be raised and lowered without it affecting the alignment readings and saving time in the testing process.  This is also particularly good when a problem is discovered and adjustments need to be made whilst the car is on the lift.

Less affected by light

One of the biggest complaints when carrying out vehicle wheel alignment is interference from light pollution. The workshop lights, and/or glare from sunlight, either through windows or through the workshop door can cause a discrepancy in the results, as the camera constantly searches for the right area to lock onto. The new HD camera system can collect a lot more data and is better equipped to distinguish between a greater number of light variants

Customer Friendly

Dimensions PrintoutAlignment to a paying customer can seem like a bit of a mystery but the UHD Ssence 600 puts the customer in the picture while the work is being carried out. This can be done on either a large 32″ screen attached to the machine or on the optional Megatab – giving complete piece of mind. If any adjustments are made, you can print out a before-and-after report for the customer.

“This is great step forward for our alignment range. We have listened to our customers‘ needs and come back with a feature-packed system for the busy workshop. Ever since we saw the first demonstration unit arrive from Austria for Automechanika, we’ve been struck by just how compact and accurate this unit is. As more customers see the value of a good alignment offering, it will become .” commented Mark Berrymann, Managing Director of Hofmann Megaplan.

 

To book a no obligation demonstration, please contact Hofmann Megaplan direct on 01480 891011

For more information please visit http://www.hofmann-megaplan.co.uk/

Getting Aligned with the Market – LG AUTOS – Tamworth

LG Autos in Tamworth can now add ‘alignment’ to their list of services, after taking delivery and installation of their new Ecoline 88, 4 wheel alignment system. Designed to be quick and accurate and importantly customer friendly!

Ecoline 88 – 4 wheel alignment system

The ecoline series was introduced with a simple design brief, to bridge the gap between laser alignment and fully computerised systems with printout. The ecoline 88  is supplied with a comprehensive vehicle database from recognised industry name,  Autodata, and offer a before and after printout.

The ecoline series is the logical choice for anybody wanting to move into advanced vehicle geometry without the cost traditionally associated with computerised systems.

Benefits

  • Supplied with PC, 19” monitor & printer
  • Comprehensive Vehicle Database by Autodata
  • Simple to use
  • Even faster operation
  • 3-point ‘GrabClamps’
  • Cameras Front and Rear

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your little workshop operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

SMART Tyre centre – Ilkeston

Smart Tyre CentreWe have another great install to tell you about! This time in Ilkeston, Derbyshire where SMART Tyre centre has taken delivery and installation of their new, all singing and dancing, Hofamnn Megaplan megaline SSence 600 3D alignment machine. It now only takes them a matter of minutes to diagnose any alignment problems a vehicle might have, that ultimately could cost the the customer hundreds of pounds in the long run.

The optional megatab.

megatab - additional information for your customer or greater flexibility for the workshop

megatab – additional information for your customer or greater flexibility for the workshop

As an added option for the Ssence 600 the megatab gives a live view of the vehicles alignment, without having to look up at the screen positioned to the crucifix (where the camera is positioned). This great for workshops where vision is restricted or to hand to the customer as a live view.

Benefits of the Ssence system

  • 19” or 32” monitor versions
  • Semi-Automatic or Fully-Automatic camera boom options
  • Includes Autodata database
  • Includes mechanical turnplates
  • Latest in alignment technology

or Nottingham area, call SMART on 0115 837 7273.

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your little workshop operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

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A 5 star approach to making alignment work for your business

Wheel alignment is not overly complicated. In most instances modern alignment equipment can ‘prompt’ a technician through the process, to achieve swift and precise readings. But how do you make it work and develop into a consistent revenue stream for your workshop? Well, it could be down to how you communicate and market it to your customers.

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Working Proof
Literature placed in the waiting room talked the customer through all the available options

A excellent example of this is FIVESTAR AUTOCENTER – Huddersfield.  They realised very early on that they needed to take the mystery out of alignment and start a conversation with their customers about the benefits to a perfectly aligned vehicle, that ultimately could save them hundreds of pounds in the long term.

To do this they offered a FREE complimentary alignment for a promotional period, on each vehicle that came through their doors. This enabled FIVESTAR to assess and diagnose any severe cases of misalignment and discuss the options available to the owner.

FIVESTAR decided they wanted to at the forefront of alignment technology by purchasing a Hofmann Megaplan Ssence 600 3D aligner. The  Ssence 600 system represents the very latest 3D wheel alignment technology. Utilising the ‘reflective target’ type measuring head and camera system, the Ssence is fast, simple, and ideal for those customers looking to get swift and accurate results. The software has been designed to make life as easy for the operator as possible, minimising unnecessary procedures commonly found on other, similar systems.SSENCE-600

Talking them through

Every customer was handed a print out of their vehicle’s current alignment values and talked through the options available, making sure they had all the information on their vehicle to make an informed decision. If they decided work was necessary, FIVESTAR  happily carried out the work and provided proof of the work carried out.

… needless to say this was successful. With their equipment paid off in less than 12 months and influx of new and existing alignment customers.

Great service FIVESTAR!

Check them out for yourself …

fivestar-autocentre-logoIf you’re based in the Huddersfield area and would like to talk about alignment with FIVE STAR call them now on (01484) 54 54 22.

The letters of Alignment – Royal Mail fleet (Aberdeen)

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With the Royal Mail having thousands of vehicles out on the road, delivering mail to millions of homes, it is unsurprising that their vehicles clock up considerable mileage. As running costs make up a significant percentage of overheads and having badly aligned vehicles can only escalate this issue further.

With this in mind Royal Mail fleet Aberdeen have taken delivery of their Hofmann Megaplan megaline System 4 laser alignment system. It comes in two options, either wall mounted or on a trolley. At Hofmann Megaplan have many alignment options available, from the very feature driven 3D aligners to this, the most basic laser alignment system. Whilst the system lacks the computerised assistance found on more modern CCD and 3D aligners having a high quality machine and some – but not quality.

Laser alignment was first commercialised in the 1990s, laser wheel alignment is you basic form of alignment. Systems consist of a pair of targets or ‘flags’ mounted to one axle and a pair of laser heads mounted to the other wheels. To find out more about alignment, contact us to arrange a demo by calling 01480 89-10-11

Pros to a LASER alignment system

  • Low cost
  • Simple components
  • No specialist lifting equipment required

Need to know:

  • Need a good knowledge of alignment to get the most from the system
  • Less accurate than a computerised system
  • Harder to use on today’s more complex vehicle suspensions
  • No reference database for accuracy
  • Very little detail for your customer

In short: If this is you first step into alignment and you’re willing to get involved in learning the finer details of alignment this could be for you. It’s reliant on the knowledge of its users and a real passion for alignment. Because it is the most basic, it is typically the cheapest way of getting into alignment.

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your business, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Feel Illuminated by Alignment – The Garage (Blackpool)

 

The Garage Blackpool by their own admission:

“are dedicated to providing superior value in all parts installed and services performed.  Quality and our desire for excellence are at the heart of this commitment. We use advanced technology and the quality products we offer create a positive car care experience.”

With that in mind, adding alignment to their list of services seemed to be the natural step. Once installed and the training complete on their Hofamnn Megaplan Ecoline 88 system, the ‘The Garage Blackpoool’ were then able to provide their customers with a service that gives an accurate reading of a vehicle’s wheel geometry and solve any issues caused by misalignment.

The Ecoline 88 is a CCD system (Close Coupled Device) and a popular mobile system, consisting of sensors mounted to each wheel. CCD aligner communicates with a PC via Bluetooth and compares the results to a database. The results are easy to see and once the alignment is complete a print off the data can be produced for you customers benefit. They require little specialist knowledge from the workshop as the interaction with the PC talks the technician through the process.

Pros:

  • More accurate than lasers
  • Less alignment knowledge is required for the technician than laser
  • Mobile so you can switch bays with a single aligner

 

Customer service is key for The Garage Blackpool;

“We strive to develop long-term relationships with customers, to provide the best customer service and the most appropriate solutions for your auto care needs. In addition, we always try to answer your questions and explain our work to you so you feel comfortable every step of the way.”

Customer feedback is key to maintaining their trust and communicating your work. A print out provided after every alignment on the Ecoline 88 provides a helpful colour coded adjustment charts instantly show the problem areas, and where the adjustments were made.

To get you car’s wheel geometry checked in the Blackpool area contact The Garage Balckpool for more information about their services. Their experienced customer service team can help you find just what you need and can advise you on the additional options.

98/100 Dickson Road, Blackpool, Lancashire FY1 2BU

T:01253 620180/2

E:: sales@thegarageblackpool.co.uk

https://www.thegarageblackpool.co.uk/

 

To find out more about how Hofmann Megaplan can help your domestic and commercial vehicle operation, visit the main Hofmann company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Have I got room for a 3D aligner?

The common assumption is if you have a small garage 3D alignment might not be for you. Not true.

If you have a four post lift or a pit, you still can have a 3D alignment system installed.

Hofmann Megaplan Ssence 400

 

The latest technology 3-D aligners work with a pair of static cameras mounted in front of, or laterally to the lift.  These take multiple images of the targets which fix to the vehicle’s wheels.  They are suited to higher-volume users such as fast-fit centres and tyre bays due to their greater speed.

Pros:

  • High speed
  • Unmatched accuracy
  • Easy and fast to operate

Need to know:

  • Requires a certain amount of space with a fixed set up in the workshop
  • Will need the database updating
  • Most expensive of the systems

In short: For established or aspiring alignment centres where speed and customer information is the priority. They do require the right amount of space and set up. HD systems will bring the size of the targets down but it is worth checking with your supplier exactly what your requirements are.

Telephone: 01480 8-9-10-11

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Commercial Vehicle Show

This year we are attending the CV Show at the NEC, come find us at stand 4E90.

The 2017 Commercial Vehicle Show takes place at the NEC in Birmingham on April 25th – 27th where we will be featuring our incredible Commercial Vehicle equipment.

Please click on the button to register for your free tickets.

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Hofmann Megaplan tyre changers which are renowned for their unrivalled build quality, and balancers which are likewise for their versatility and unique features.

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If you were unable to attend the CV show this year, but would like to discuss our Truck Tyre Changing equipment please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

Condercum fast track – Newcastle

It’s not just cars that need alignment…

… Vans do too

Condercum Fast Track Garage in Newcastle have their new equipment installed into their busy workshop.

Our HMP specialists install all over the UK and this time the Ecoline 88 finds its new home in the North East.

1.  Increase Fuel Efficiency. Correct alignment means your commercial vehicle’s wheels are working together and not against each other, so all the engine’s efforts go into propelling the van and its contents forward. Larger pay load emphasize the friction caused by unaligned tyres.

2.  Reduce Expensive Repairs and down time on a commercial vehicle. Driving with a bad alignment causes the parts in your van to wear unevenly and prematurely. Each time you hit a pothole with large amounts of weight in back, your steering and suspension “feel it”. When your tyres aren’t evenly helping with the impact, certain areas of these systems take the hit harder than others, causing them to fail sooner. Failure = more downtime and greater cost.

3.  Experience Smoother Driving. When your vans’s wheel alignment is not right you will usually notice that your it drifting particularly on long straight roads like motorways, even though your steering wheel is pointing straight ahead.

4.  Increase Tyre Life. Tyres are an expensive running cost for a busy Company and for a business it is important to get the most from them.

Find out more about our full range of Wheel Changing machines on the main company website or contact our team on 01480 89-10-11

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