Pro-Align launches Hunter HawkEye Elite TD aligner into UK market
Wheel alignment distributor Pro-Align has announced the launch of Hunter’s HawkEye Elite TD alignment system, a new range-topping system it says will increase speed, accuracy and profit generation opportunities for workshops. The UK distributor of American equipment manufacturer Hunter’s products said its recent installation of the system for evaluation by an established customer has yielded a one-third increase in alignment productivity.
“Hunter has a proud history of innovation and industry firsts and this latest imaging aligner lives up these values, offering many completely new features which will save time and improve efficiency even further,” explains Paul Beaurain, managing director, Pro-Align. “For those workshops already seeing the benefits of four wheel alignment, this latest product could help take their business to the next level by increasing capacity and streamlining operations even further.”
The machinery features an entirely new integrated wheel clamp and target design, which now enable the aligner to deliver measurement results in 90 seconds, replacing the previous metal wheel clamp and separate target unit. The new system also features a redesigned camera bar, as well as PC and software upgrades. The integrated unit works in combination with Hunter’s high resolution digital cameras and specialist software to calculate accurate compensated readings, regardless of how the clamp is positioned on the wheel, says Pro-Align.
The integrated targets are firmly fixed to the face of the wheel using QuickGrip adaptors which feature spring-loaded arms to grip the tyre, thus avoiding any metal-to-metal contact and potential rim damage. Made from a tough polymer material to withstand a tough workshop life, these are nearly 50 per cent lighter in weight than previous target and clamp assemblies, according to the company. The new design also features a much narrower profile, making it easier to use in restricted or cramped bays.
Technicians using the new Hunter HawkEye Elite TD will be able to utilise the aligner’s QuickComp system, which allows users to perform rolling compensation – essential to take account of any rim runout or mounting error – with one roll forward. Previous compensation requirements needed the technician to roll the vehicle back and forward, and some other manufacturers’ aligners require a full 360 degree wheel revolution to ensure a true reading.
The new aligner also features version12 of Hunter’s award-winning WinAlign software which includes many familiar components such as ExpressAlign, WinToe, VirtualView, and WebSpecs, which automatically provides workshops with the most up to date vehicle technical data obtained by Hunter directly from vehicle manufacturers. The system also has the optional features ShopResults (for emailing measurement results) and Codelink (to reset the steering angle).
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