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You’re not just purchasing ADAS Equipment! Are you getting the service you need with it?

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2020 is set to see no slowdown in the talk around Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) as garage owners are wising up to the idea of investing in ADAS calibration equipment.

A steep learning curve is ahead for mechanics yet to grasp the ins & outs of ADAS, but digital ADAS equipment is making this far less daunting.

As a garage owner, keeping up with the development of ADAS equipment and the best way to perform ADAS diagnostics can be very difficult – however 2019 has seen many ADAS specific open days popping up, with a chance to get hands on.

For many this is a chance to get excited about ADAS calibrations as an opportunity instead of a threat.

Buy a service, not a product!

If you don’t know what your ADAS equipment is capable of, how can you offer these services to your customers?

ADAS Calibration Equipment is a large but worthwhile investment. Being aware of what your calibration equipment can do is essential to offering this new to many service. You need to be able to justify the additional price you are charging your customer.

Your team also need to understand how ADAS calibrations tie together with the other work they complete and get to grips with performing calibrations efficiently & accurately.

That’s why demo’s & installations are often more essential that owning the equipment. You need a supplier who will not only help you invest in the ADAS equipment but understand how to best utilise it moving forward.

Many are choosing Hofmann Megaplan for just this reason! While we are able to supply the two familiar solution on the market, it is what comes around the physical product that makes us stand out.

From your first enquiry through to each calibration, our service team & ADAS Engineers are on hand to answer your questions, showcase the options available to you, advise, install, train & trouble shoot to ensure your investment isn’t a headache.

Our team have been manufacturer trained and have already completed numerous successful ADAS installs across the UK - so for more advice on these expert systems, contact us online today or call us on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss in more detail.

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3 Garage Equipment systems you can’t live without!

The year of 2019 seems to be flying by, leaving garage equipment suppliers to contemplate what they have achieved so far this year but more importantly what will boost business between now and Christmas!

Exhibitions. New product launches. Hofmann have seen a multitude of changes and introductions across the garage equipment industry. Innovative technology set to change the future of garage services is currently keeping garage owners and mechanics alike on their toes.

Here are our top 3 technologies to get to grips with ASAP!

Tread health check tools: boost your alignment & tyre sales!

In our many years of experience, alignment is one of the best services for increasing revenue, and 2019 is no exception to that trend.

It's no surprise that when we introduced our revolutionary handheld TreadReader to the industry, it was welcomed as a revelation for helping increase alignment and tyre sales.

Due to the success of the TreadReader, our team have been busy working on a more rounded tread health check range for tread health tools. Spring saw the unveiling of our brand new TreadReader drive-over scanner, making it even easier for mechanics to get live on-screen feedback of tread health.

The visual reporting on both the hand-held and drive-over TreadReader makes it even easier for customers to see the condition of their tyres and you to make a transparent sale.

The TreadReader's pairing with our megalineSsence ULTRA alignment machine provides unquestionable service and this transparent clarity. We're setting a totally new standard in wheel alignment.

"It's like buying an aligner and getting a free salesman!!!"

The future is digital...

Making its introduction in style at Automechanika earlier this year, our totally digital advanced ADAS solution has been a huge talking point in the unavoidable subject of ADAS diagnostics.

After Automechanika it was obvious that the need for specialist ADAS equipment and professional knowledge were a concern for garage owners – even experts were displaying signs of worry.

Our recent advanced driver assistance system open day for both garage owners and distributors have addressed this concern, bringing together professionals from across the industry to understand the complexities of ADAS and unravel the mystery.

The advanced system from Hofmann Megaplan provides a simple solution to one of the most intricate automotive innovations in recent times!

A breath of fresh air this Summer!

Every summer, many garages ponder as to whether it is worth investing in air conditioning recharge machines – this year has been no different. Although the initial outlay can't put many off seem, the simple fact is these machines pay for themselves quickly!

You could be missing out on hundreds of servicing jobs that could increase your revenue and provide pure profit. Stop sending your business else where!

Our air conditioning units have become a must have for garages now air con is a fairly standard feature on most passenger vehicles. The need for vehicle air conditioning servicing is obvious.

Manufacturers are recommending that the average vehicle air con system is serviced at least every two years. It is easily marketable. Is this really a service you can afford not to offer?

Our team are always here to help!

Start to enhance your own garage services today – contact us online or call our dedicated sales team on 01480 8-9-10-11 for more information.

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Digital ADAS calibration systems: the present and the future of diagnostic equipment!

As ADAS continues to peak the curiosity of all, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the intricacies of our advanced system. This is the 65" TV model that is wowing audiences wherever we take it!

The need for advanced specialised equipment isn't just for big business or the future. Now, more than ever, it is a necessity in 2019!

As the leading supplier and installer of the first fully digital ADAS system, we are the only ones to currently offer the highest quality calibration equipment available on the market.

For a full run down on our advanced ADAS system, read our previous ADAS blog now!

Let's take a look at our advanced system in more detail...

Five Intelligent Principles to our Advanced ADAS System

Targetless Technology

The versatility of a digital panel means adapting the screen to any existing or future car makers reference protocol is quick, easy and cost effective.


Easy to Use

Simple enough for a single user to operate; the system will guide you through the 6 steps of a calibration procedure.

Fully Automatic

The calibration frame is adjusted automatically, through the electric control, and any movement of the target, in relation to the car, is automatic and virtual. The car never moves!

Keystone System

Extreme accuracy is guaranteed by the self-adaptive system, which allows the software to evaluate the environmental and physical conditions

Universal Coverage

Ensuring the largest market coverage is very important to us.

Just 6 easy steps to a completed advanced and efficient ADAS calibration!

We aim to make every calibration job easy as possible - this way, we decrease the amount of time taken to complete each job and increase the overall efficiency of your garage.

We offer full demonstrations both on site and in our state of the art showroom. 

Get in touch today!

Need to upgrade your garage to include an ADAS calibration system or maybe you just want to learn more about this hot topic?

Check out our ADAS calibration systems online today. Contact us now or call today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to speak to one of our dedicated teams for more information.

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Advanced ADAS Calibration System draws record crowd to Hofmann Megaplan Centre of Excellence

Over the last few months, ADAS has been an unavoidable subject - and for many, it is a step into the unknown. Many shows this year already including the CV Show and Automechanika have demonstrated the need for specialised equipment and valuable industry knowledge.

Although many garage owners won't admit it, the demand for ADAS calibrations are beginning to scare even the most knowledgeable. These technologically advanced systems are fast becoming a necessity to keep your customers.

Whilst many specialists are worried about the lack of awareness, this has been the main focus for Hofmann Megaplan.

ADAS Calibration Training - Advanced Systems for Simple Solutions

Held at our state-of-the-art showroom and training centre, our ADAS equipment experts were on hand for a free educational day covering our totally digital solution to ADAS diagnostic systems.

Visitors had the opportunity to gain & share knowledge around multiple Advanced Driver Assistance Systems. Unravelling the mystery of ADAS has never been easier!

"The advanced ADAS system is able to complete more calibration checks in less time due to its digital set up and smart operational features. Minimal interaction is needed from the operator. This is a method of completing ADAS that is making people rethink how they invest in technology. The whole-lift cost of Advanced ADAS vs. standard ADAS is a no brainer. You'll be saving tens of thousands through FOC board updates alone and people are realising that here today."


The team hosted live demonstrations throughout the day, completing more calibration checks with the advanced system on the morning of the event than a standard system could in a day. The brand new Advanced ADAS Calibration system was a big hit with visitors, prompting a lot to rethink how they invest in ADAS calibration equipment.

Advanced ADAS Calibration - The Right Investment

It has been designed specifically for Hofmann Megaplan to provide ADAS calibrations in the most cost and labour efficient way imaginable. A 65" TV Monitor provides a totally digital solution to updates, instead of purchasing costly boards to deal with different vehicle requirements, whilst the operation is smart enough to take measurements and adjust the screen perspective to avoid time spent trying to line up a vehicle.

Other ancillary garage equipment was also on show, including the full range of Wheel Alignment machines and Automatic Tread Measurement Systems. These are services proven to boost revenue in garages and so were of great interest to visitors.

The TreadSmart is the latest offering in this space joining the handheld TreadReader, offering affordable tread scanning with integrated Number Plate Recognition for fast and transparent reporting.

To all of you who visited us at our showroom, we thank you for making it our best open day to date!

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Best in Class Garage Equipment at Automechanika 2019

  • Automechanika 2019 saw record numbers visiting, including its highest ever opening day.
  • Everyone who's anyone in the automotive industry was there from suppliers of garage equipment through to bodyshop specialist and aftermarket experts.
  • Hofmann Megaplan were proud to showcase the largest array of equipment and were one of the few offering demonstrations throughout the 3 day show!

Spanning over three exciting days, we delivered live demonstrations of our amazing tyre fitting equipment and fantastic special offers to a full variety of garage owners and automotive enthusiasts.

To all of you who visited us at stand T140, we thank you for making it our best show yet!

Brand New: TreadSmart

Making its debut at Automechanika this year, our drive-over TreadSmart got delegates talking over on the Showcase space!

The TreadSmart has been somewhat of a revelation for garage owners and mechanics alike. Supercharging the ability to upsell tyres and alignment, this new technology offers detailed analysis reports to customers showing transparently the state of their vehicle's tyres.

The BIG talking point!

ADAS. It was pretty much unavoidable at Automechanika 2019!

The need for knowledge and specialised equipment to cope with ADAS on new vehicles is in no doubt now.

Our brand new Advanced ADAS Calibration system has been designed specifically for Hofmann Megaplan to provide ADAS calibrations in the most cost and labour efficient way imaginable. A 65" TV Monitor provides a totally digital solution to updates, instead of purchasing costly boards to deal with different vehicle requirements.

Overwhelmed by the need for ADAS calibrations at Automechanika 2019? Hofmann Megaplan will also be holding an ADAS open day on Thursday 20th June 2019. This is an opportunity to gain invaluable industry knowledge and first-hand experience with both of our ADAS Systems, as well as all other garage and ancillary equipment in the range. Call now on 01480 8-9-10-11 or visit our booking page to claim your place.

Garage Equipment you can trust!

As always our reliable and thoroughly tested tyre fitting equipment range was on show - and our technical specialists continued to deliver interactive live demos.

A variety of tyre changers, wheel balancers and wheel aligners along with our air conditioning and tyre inflation units, were available to view and discuss on stand.

Hofmann Sales Manager, Andy Ringrose was on hand for the entire three days and spoke highly of the show, saying it was "Probably one of the best attended Trade Shows that I have exhibited at, with quality enquiries that, all being well will lead to future sales. Bring on 2021!"
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How essential are ADAS Calibrations in 2019?

ADAS is holding a common place on industry news sites & publications now. The latest feature in Garagewire addresses the warnings that experts are heeding of failure to calibrate ADAS following repairs.

This advisories to the automotive repair industries are not to be ignored either. Ensuring that ADAS sensors are functioning correctly post vehicle repair or maintenance is the repairers responsibility. It is an unfamiliarity with this procedures that is causing serious safety concerns, with the lack of knowledge to tackle these critical calibrations.

INDUSTRY EXPERTS HAVE NOW BEEN CITED IN A NUMBER OF PUBLICATIONS STATING THAT MORE THAN 10% OF VEHICLES ON THE ROAD TODAY ARE FITTED WITH AUTONOMOUS EMERGENCY BRAKING (AEB). THAT IS OVER 4 MILLION VEHICLES. YET MANY REPAIRERS HAVE NOT UNDERGONE THE REQUIRED TRAINING TO DEAL WITH ADAS CALIBRATIONS.

ADAS advice for garage owners

It is easy for garage owners to sit back but failure to embrace new technologies is a backwards step. The essential services a garage needs to offer are changing and the advice is get on board early so you're in a position to answer your customers questions, even if you are not offering the services. Other advice offered includes:

  • Working out the number of ADAS equipped vehicles currently coming through your garage doors
  • Get advice! Free educational days and training can bring you up to speed quickly without cost.
  • Nominate members of your team who can become your ADAS experts
  • Know the relevant repair methods and manufacturer instructions
  • Evidence! That calibration has been completed and that the results meet the vehicle manufacturer's specified requirements
  • Don't know? Do not risk an incorrect calibration. Get help from the experts at Hofmann Megaplan

ADAS Calibration at Hofmann Megaplan

​As a leading supplier of garage equipment within the UK and across Europe, we feel we need to stand up and help in the education required around new ADAS technologies. We supply a number of calibration systems each with its own advantages.

ADAS - The Mystery Explained

Unravel the mystery of ADAS at our free 2019 educational open day, hosted at our Centre of Excellence in Huntingdon. Book online today!


Check out ADAS calibration system online. Contact us now or call us today on 01480 891011 to speak to a member of our dedicated team for more information.
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The Wheel Alignment Blog | 3 New Years Alignment Resolutions to make this year

Alignment is an ever evolving practice with technology meaning constant innovation. Making sure all the wheels point in the right direction is only the start now!

With so much changing in the world of wheel alignment systems and technology constantly making for new capabilities of our alignment machines, there are more services then ever before to offer and thus more revenue potential for your garage.

Here are our top 3 areas to watch out for in 2019 when it comes to your alignment system: 

Keep it Calibrated in 2019!

So often we get phone calls from customers complaining of issues with there aligner. Turns out the machine hasn't been calibrated in 2 years. Worst case I've seen machines go 3 years + without a calibration.

Hofmann Megaplan recommend calibrating Laser alignment systems every year while Computer machines should be calibrated every 6 months. This is simply because there are more measurements and to keep that extremely high level of accuracy the machine needs this regular check up.

Whilst we're there, using the latest software and database is essential. Failure to do so can mean not having the latest vehicle information and may lead to lost sales.

And voila you now have the latest machine out there.

ADAS Calibration Equipment - it's a no brainer!

 

ADAS (or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) are a common occurrence on modern vehicles, designed to remove the scope for human error when driving. Of course if these have not been calibrated correctly the vehicle may not know which way is forward to begin with.

These cameras need to be calibrated. In fact any time you have work done on an area that houses a ADAS sensor, it should be recalibrated! Given that as a garage you are likely to work on one of these areas of the car, upgrading your aligner to include ADAS Calibration Systems could be a no brainer

Find out more about ADAS Calibration systems here

Selling Alignment in 2019 just got easier

Technology can even help you sell alignment service to your customers this year. Devices like TreadReader give you a hand held tread depth scanner that can be quickly rolled over all 4 tyres of a vehicle. From there a simple report is produced giving the customer information of the condition of tyres, alignment and key performance indicators like increase in stopping distance. These reports are hard to ignore and could save a drivers life where they otherwise may have carried on with unsafe tyres.

You can even use the TreadReader to build your business pipeline. A visitor to your garage might not need new tyres now but the information the TreadReader provides you with means you'll know when they will.

Find out more about the TreadReader here

Author | Warren Carr | Wheel Alignment Specialist

My name is Warren Carr and I'm from the team of alignment engineers at Hofmann Megaplan. I will be using this blog to regularly highlight some practical hints and tips which will help you, our garage professionals, achieve great results with your equipment, no matter the make of alignment machine.

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