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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

Happy July 4th – From Hofmann Megaplan USA

Hofmann Megaplan USA take another giant leap forward

Following a exceptionally well received launch in Las Vegas back in February, the Hofmann Megaplan trans-Atlantic offering is really starting to take shape. With two impressive premium wheel balancers and  two feature driven tyre (tire) changers in their armory to unleash on the US market.

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The 420 is really special and contains The most advanced technology the industry has seen in a wheel balancer. The combination of revolutionary new technology, incredible simplicity, and typical Hofmann Megaplan reliability make this, in our opinion, the best value wheel balancer on the US market today.

Boasting ‘No Checkspin’ technology and 6 O’clock weight positioning, the megaspin 420 only requires the operator to select the weight position(s) and lower the hood – it’s that simple! There is no possibility for error, no chance of the machine throwing up an extra 5 or 10gms, and absolutely NO CHECKSPIN REQUIRED!

Like its sister model, the 820 shares the accolade of offering the most advanced technology the industry has seen in a wheel balancer. All packaged up with a highly visible LCD screen, which delievers acurate results.

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As for the tyre changers, we are offering something really special and groundbreaking that should get the American market talking.

The new ‘Twister Evo” tyre changer from Hofmann Megaplan is a ‘game changing’ piece of Italian engineering that makes tyre changing ‘a dream’ for fitters. Its revolutionary design unitises an ‘up and around’, fully-automatic side-swinging motion, unseen in the market until now. One handed operation is here and could change the way a modern tyres are fitted.

Seeing is believing, so give us a call to see just how special this machine is.

 

usafillThe machines featured at the ToolExpo in Orlando, FL last week as part of the ISN groups annual customer tool show. Like everything in America this event is simply massive!

 

 

  • 170 + Vendor Booths
  • New cars, trucks, motorcycles, ATVs, electronics and more given away to lucky winners 40 Training Forums
  • Live Demos, New Products and Exclusive Deals
  • “Nuclear Deals” in every booth
  • ISN’s complimentary SPA – hair, makeup, nails (this one’s for Mick) and massages

We’ll certainly be back for more next year!

Renown Transport Services Ltd (E Sussex)

Following another successful year at the Commercial Vehicle show where we had lots of fun demonstrating our latest commercial vehicle equipment. On product on show was ‘the beast’ – megamount 352 tyre changer for large wheels.

Renown Transport Services Ltd is one of the premier bus service and coach hire companies in the South East, operating our fleet of modern buses and luxury coaches from Bexhill on Sea. Having seen the machine they have now taken delivery and installation of a brand new truck tyre changer to service their busy garage.

The CV Show is the best attended, largest and the most comprehensive road transport and commercial vehicle event held in Britain, providing truck and van operators with far greater choice than any other exhibition serving this vital industry. The Show attracts close to 21,000 business visitors and its central location at the NEC Birmingham, ensures a truly nationwide attendance.

Finnies Garage (Isle of Lewis)

Getting your vehicle serviced and tyres changed on the on the Island of Lewis has long been limited but thanks to a lot of hard work and determination, Finnies Garage is now open for business.

This is a brand new company aiming to offer the highest quality of service and hence choose Hofmann-megaplan’s machines to kit out their workshop.  For those not familiar with Lewis, it is the southern part of the Scottish Hebridean island of Lewis and Harris. It’s known for sandy beaches like Luskentyre and Scarista on the west coast, and for rugged mountains in the north. Getting there is ‘no mean feat’, however it was a pleasure for our Service engineer to visit and get them all set up

They are now the proud owner of The megamount 713 ‘leverless’ evolution, megaspin 200-3s wheel balancer and the wall mounted laser alignment system.



If you find yourself on the Island of Lewis and you car develops a fault, make sure to drop by:

Finnie’s Tyre Services (Isle of Lewis) – 01851 701113

17 Inaclete Rd, Stornoway HS1 2RB

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.

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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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Fitting tyres of all sizes – Drayton Tyre & Battery Ltd, Norwich

Drayton Tyre are a Norwich based Company that specialize in the supply and fitting of a diverse range of tyres. Their friendly mechanics are at home fitting wheels from wheelbarrows to tractors, even boasting a specialist commercial vehicle tyre fitting division for the more niche applications.

To help fit a wide range of tyre Hofmann Megaplan help specificity the Junior balancer that sits beside their Megamount 701XL tyre changer for the ‘simple’ car and van applications. In the other corner is the the affectionately known “big boy” the Megamount 352 truck tyre changer. The 352 is the ideal machine for owner/operators of large commmercial vehicles and truck tyre specialists alike, the 352 makes light work of coach, bus and truck tyres, improving efficiency, profitability and labour (not to mention the health and safety element!).

A rim clamping capability up to 27” and a 1600mm O.D. (63”) makes the megamount 352 extremely versatile, whilst the 2 speed hydraulic chuck makes fast work of any job.

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Feel free to contact Dayton and find out more about their specialist tyre operation.

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

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

Crossleys body shop (Liverpool)

Crossleys body shop have taken delivery and installation of their new car alignment system.

The ecoline 88….

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

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Ecoline 88 – complete system, with ‘grab clamps’ and cabinet

Find out more about our full range of Tyre Changing Equipment on the main company website or to arrange a demo please contact our team on 01480 89-10-11