Quality Alignment and Garage Equipment from Snap-On
Snap-on Equipment has been building on its long-standing position as a leading garage equipment manufacturer, supplier and service provider with a comprehensive range of wheel alignment systems, including the John Bean Visualiner 3D Arago, Ultra, V3D1 and V3D Lite systems, through to the new hybrid PRISM.
Three-dimensional wheel alignment offers workshops the latest technology for accurate alignment readings in an easy-to-use package. Designed with the UK wheel service market in mind, the John Bean V3D Lite wheel alignment system has been well received since it was introduced in 2007 complementing the John Bean line up, through to the top-of-the range 3D Arago aligner. The Reading-based company has also gained endorsement for the 3D Arago for all marques under the Volkswagen Group.
The 3D systems enables vehicle set up and accurate alignment readings to be taken in under two minutes through a simple process that automatically guides the technician with clear instructions and easily understood colour graphics. Three-dimensional modelling also ensures that alignment results are not compromised by the non-measurement of wheel run-out promoted by some vehicle manufacturers.
In most cases John Bean 3D alignment systems enable workshops to use an existing lift, opening up the opportunity to gain a new or improved revenue stream alongside their core business. The PC-based systems also feature a colour printer, allowing detailed pre- and post- alignment reports to be presented to the consumer. Records are also stored and updated on the system, providing a full audit trail for all checks carried out.
For workshops seeking a fully portable system, or with lift bays unsuitable for a full 3D alignment system, the new John Bean Visualiner PRISM offers an effective solution. PRISM is a hybrid of Close Coupled Device (CCD) and 3D alignment technology, which enables a run-out compensation procedure to be undertaken in 10 to 12 minutes. The new system also features return to base pods, which can be exchanged for fast turnaround servicing, thereby minimising workshop downtime.
Snap-on Equipment has also introduced a guide to wheel alignment, which aims to simplify what is undoubtedly a highly complex subject. The guide provides detailed information and illustrations on a number of topics, ranging from pre-alignment checks, types of aligner and workshop bay requirements, through to alignment terminology, such as ‘toe-in’ and ‘toe-out’ and adjustment methods. Customers can also benefit from competitive finance arrangements (subject to status), as well as a comprehensive aftersales facility, including training and maintenance.
Furthermore, the company has launched a range of three lift packages that enable workshops to maximise both MOT and wheel alignment revenue from a single lift bay. The new packages include two scissor lifts and a four-post lift, which the company reports suit the requirements of virtually all lift bays. Each of the VOSA approved packages has a 12-month parts and labour warranty, and can be specified with a host of options and upgrades to Automated Test Lane (ATL) and One Person Test Lane (OPTL) MOT configurations.
Both scissor lift packages can be configured for surface or recess mounting and feature long run-on ramps, making them ideal for low-profile vehicles. Developed with a leading Italian lift manufacturer, the scissor lifts also feature a patented torsion bar system to ensure accurate levelling and long-lasting performance. Customers also benefit from Snap-on Equipment’s ‘one stop shop’ service, which includes a site survey, planning, installation, training and maintenance, as well as finance (subject to status).
Chris Behan, general manager, Snap-on Equipment, comments: “Potential changes to the MOT regulations mean that workshops need to make the most of their lift bays and maximise revenue. Our new packages aim to provide customers with the right lift for the job, along with the quality, expertise and service they expect from Snap-on Equipment.”