Pro-Align has launched Hunter’s new third generation digital imaging alignment system – HawkEye. The new technology combines the features of the popular DSP600 imaging system with the new High-Definition (HD) digital imaging sensors. According to Pro-Align, Hawkeye will provide precise, high-speed alignment service and greater productivity, while taking up a minimum amount of shop space.
The HawkEye system comes in two versions – the Hunter 100 aligner with Hawkeye digital imaging sensors; and the Hunter WA aligner with Hawkeye HD digital imaging Sensors. The Hunter 100 aligner is a kind of ‘mini’ version that operates on the new low cost Hunter100 console, with standard hexagonal targets, to provide the benefits of rapid imaging alignment at a price that, in the past, has been associated with aligners with conventional sensors. This news is said to close the ‘affordability’ gap, offering more tyre shops the opportunity to make that move away from hang-on tracking gauges.
One of Micheldever’s newest acquisitions, Tavistock Tyres in Devon, has undergone an extensive refurbishment programme, including the replacement of equipment. According to those involved, the aim from the outset was to fit out the workshop to a very highest standard, achieve the optimum in customer service and efficiency/revenue generation. In order to achieve this, Micheldever selected key equipment from Pro-Align’s ‘world leading’ Hunter equipment range. The improvements and reorganisation at Tavistock Tyres, has meant they have now been able to create a new dedicated alignment bay, headed by the Hunter Imaging Alignment System.
Pro-Align has launched a mobile version of its popular Hunter DSP600 alignment system – the DSP600CM. Upon making is debut at the Mechanex show in Sandown, company representatives remarked that the Hunter DSP600CM imaging system offers “the same benefits as its ‘fixed column’ cousin, but with the added flexibility of being mobile between adjacent alignment lifts.”
The CM has the main camera column fixed to the side of the alignment console, this allows the technician to simply move the whole unit between adjacent alignment lifts. It is then located in position using with small floor plates.
Hunter’s TCX550 automatic swing-arm changer includes operational features familiar to most technicians and a Bead Press System to help easily service difficult run-flats or low-profile tyres mounted on large or oversize alloy wheels. The automatic swing-arm design saves time by eliminating repositioning. With the push of a single button, the swing arm locks to a preset wheel diameter and width to speed service of same-size wheels.
The tabletop clamping system is designed to easily handle 13 to 28-inch wheels safely. The XT-out table design allows easy access to the bottom bead while ensuring rigidity for large diameter wheels.
The powerful motor and unique two-speed drive system operates at a low speed with increased torque to prevent damage to wheels and tyre beads when servicing tough combinations. Technicians can apply the faster speed when servicing less difficult combinations.
The wheel-centred Bead Press System aids in blocking and pressing stiff low-profile tyre beads into deep drop-centre wheels. BPS provides effortless assistance with the most difficult tyres and custom wheels up to 28” in diameter.
Vibration problems are one of the most difficult problems to solve and because of this, they often gets the ‘head in the sand’ treatment. The NTDA has recognised this and has highlighted the vibration issue in their recent Service Bulletin 06/07 (copies are available from the NTDA offices)
In the past, to solve a vibration problem that balancing alone does not fix, it has been done through a process of elimination/ trial and error. This can be very time consuming and more often than not a vibration problem still persists.
Pro-Align suggest that the Hunter Road Force Balancer puts an end to guess work and can not only save you time and money, but can also provide an additional profitable service for your business.
Pro-Align is to feature in the next Harvie Prema product catalogue, as a new ‘supplier partner’. A selection of equipment, including the ‘World Leading’ Hunter wheel aligners, balancers, tyre changers, plus the Pro-Aligns range of alignment lifts, will be presented within the ‘Equipment Section’. Both Harvie Prema and Pro-Align see the involvement as a complimentary one, supporting both companies’ business activities and will go to enhance the service to their customers.
The ‘handshake’ took place during the recent Harvie Prema Sales meeting, held at Pro-Align’s purpose built premises in Towcester. During the meeting, Harvie Prema staff were given demonstrations of the Pro-Align equipment, seeing for themselves many of the cost saving and revenue generating features.
Earlier this year NGK Spark Plugs launched its Wholesaler “Milesmore” promotion, whereby wholesalers could redeem points earned for a variety of gifts, ranging from home entertainment systems, luxury holidays or items to support their business.
(Akron/Tire Review) Hunter Engineering won the Best New Product Award from the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) for its DSP600 Digital Imaging Alignment Sensors. The NSPE award recognizes engineering ingenuity, functionality, safety, construction, marketing success and economic contribution. Hunter said the DSP600 Sensors were nominated for the national award after winning the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE) New Product Award in 2005. Representatives from MSPE presented the 2006 NSPE New Product Award to Hunter Engineering executives during a recent visit to the company’s Bridgeton, Missouri, headquarters.
There was much interest in the Pro-Align stand at this year’s ATS. Not only did the company launch two new products to their range (SmartWeight a revolutionary wheel balancing technology, PA100 – a new entry-level Hunter Aligner) But “Miss Alignment” was there too, helping to promote the hourly ‘Alignment Show Live’ and SmartWeight demonstrations.
Ferrari is upgrading all its Hunter conventional sensor wheel alignment systems to incorporate new digital imaging technology. For the last 12 years every new car made at Ferrari’s Maranello plant has received a final ‘Hunter’ wheel alignment check before leaving Maranello, according to Pro-Align.
(Akron/Tire Review) Del-Nat Tire Corp. president Dan Hunter abruptly left the company on 14 March. Mr Hunter, who served as president of the private brand cooperative, joined Del-Nat in 2001 after holding executive positions with Yokohama Tire Corp. Del-Nat chairman Dick Erickson, of Sun Tire in Jacksonville, Florida, is heading the search for a new president. He has assumed duties as Del-Nat’s president until a replacement for Hunter can be found.
Over the years the Stahlgruber group and its international subsidiaries has sold tens of thousands of items of capital equipment to the tyre industry. The company feels that consolidation in the equipment manufacturing industry has led to a narrowing of sourcing opportunities and a consequent adverse effect on price and customer choice. The answer was to form a ‘Best Enterprise Alliance’ in which a number of companies group together to form a product range, based on their individual areas of expertise. These companies are Stahlgruber, Butler (the Stahlgruber-owned manufacturer of tyre changers), Cemb, Hunter and Rotary Lifts. Butler will make a range of tyre changers, called Promont, and Cemb a range of wheel balancers, called Probalance, which will be exclusive to Stahlgruber and its subsidiaries. Hunter wheel alignment equipment and Rotary lifts will also be sold. Stahlgruber will continue to sell Butler tyre changers alongside the Promont range. Further information on what the alliance means to the companies involved, and of the ‘own name’ ranges of machines can be found in TYRES & ACCESSORIES 6/2000.
Good news for motorists: Tyre prices are coming down fast, especially in popular sizes. So far we have heard of price reductions of up to 15 p.c. compared with the previous season. Unknown second and third lines of large groups compete for the bargain hunter with rock-bottom prices.