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OWB Wheel Balancer Launched at AutoMechanika 2018
With over 500 exhibitors at this years Automechanika event coming from over 26 countries and thousands of buying professionals attending the first day alone, it can be hard to stand out from the crowd but Hofmann Megaplan had an exciting new exclusive launch on their stand.
OWB (one weight balance) is a new balancing software program that will now be featuring on our ms420, ms820, ms1200 and ms2000 range and has had its first outing at Automechanika 2018.
You can find Hofmann Megaplan in the all-new dedicated hall for garages known as the "Garage Quarter" on stand M117.
The OWB wheel balancing program allows you to balance the wheel, whether steel or alloy, with just a single weight.
"This is a static balance" I hear you say. It is easy to think this without knowing how the OWB works and how it can make for a more precise balance.
The difference between OWB & Static Balance
Once the OWB process is complete the unbalance value will show zero. Once a static balance is done it will still show a rest unbalance valve. It is this difference that the experts from Hofmann Megaplan have been explaining to delegates over the course of Automechanika 2018.
Different unbalances resolved by OWB
Vibrations produced by a wheel are caused by two kinds of unbalances, the STATIC unbalance and the COUPLE unbalance.
The combination of these two unbalances results in a DYNAMIC unbalance. This is the unbalance felt when driving.
Usually, the correction of the dynamic unbalance is done by positioning two counterweights, one for each plane. This operation results in a perfect balancing, but it needs TWO positioning JOBS. OWB can eliminate the need for these to separate jobs.
OWB works by pinpointing the exact place the vibration is originating from and gives you the option to put a single weight on that position. The system then automatically suggests a single ideal correction plane, indicating the exact point inside the rim where it is possible to balance the wheel. This will minimize both static and dynamic unbalance using ONLY ONE COUNTERWEIGHT.
Not at Automechanika 2018?
If you missed the chance to see the exclusive first outing of the OWB Wheel balancing system software at Automechanika 2018 don't fear. Our fully working showroom is open by appointment for you to visit and see all of our garage equipment including the full range of wheel balancers.