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Event Review: Point S Conference

Hofmann Megaplan was pleased to take part in the Point S members Conference & Trade Fair held on the 23rd February  2019. 

The event took place across the entire day with scheduled conference talks, followed by an open trade fair style floor for guests to explore. 

The trade show part of the event was a great opportunity for many exhibitors to talk to the end user of their products and services. Hofmann Megaplan were the only ones however to be demonstrating the revolutionary Handheld TreadReader device. This interactive demo was able to happen live at the show, giving customers a real feel for the benefit this device offers. 

This TreadReader is exclusive to Hofmann Megaplan in the UK and generated a lot of attention, including interest from multiple business owners looking to increase alignment and tyre service sales in their garages. 

Alongside this, the team were on hand to discuss items across the entire range of garage equipment. Some of the highlights included our ever popular scissor lifts, the high spec 813XL tyre changer and OWB (One Weight Balance)

One of the most prestigious machine in our line up which also grabbed the attention of many was the Smart X. Considered by many to be The Ultimate in Tyre Fitting & Removal Technology, this BMW approved machine keeps safety at the heart of the operation by completely automating the process of removing and fitting a tyre. Human error is a thing of the past!

Andy Ringrose, Sales Manager, attended the event with Hofmann Megaplan. He commented, "it's great what Point S is doing in bringing together all of their members at conferences like this, not only to learn but also to see what new technology is out there and available now on the market place. Thank you very much for inviting us along!"

Hofmann Megapan would like to echo Andy's sentiments in thanking Point S for putting on a great event. To find out more about any of the technology discussed at the show including the Handheld TreadReader and One Weight Balancing you can call us now on 01480 8-9-10-11.

You can join Point S online today by visiting their website.

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One Weight Balance (OWB)

​With every garage trying to find new ways to increase the productivity of their workshops, our automotive program developers have found a solution to improving the efficiency of our most popular wheel balancers.

The One Weight Balance is a revolutionary new piece of software designed to increase speed and productivity in balancing, by allowing tyre fitters to use just a single solitary weight. In 2018, Hofmann Megaplan displayed this technology for the first time at Automechanika Frankfurt; however if you missed the chance to see it action, we explain the benefits in our OWB system blog.

​OWB Wheel Balancers

By applying the OWB software to our existing wheel balancer models, we have updated and upgraded the technology available to you. The OWB range currently includes:

More models are constantly being upgraded and added to the range so call now for the latest or browse our wheel balancers pages.

OWB means these balancing machines are simple, fast to use and with the introduction of OWB remain precise with balancing values. 

​Want to find out more about One Weight Balance technology? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 891011 to speak to one of our dedicated team for more information.

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Automechanika 2018 | Review

Pulse 8 and megamount 813xl both in action at Automechanika 2018

Hofmann Megaplan was pleased to see so many delegates from the automotive aftermarket and vehicle production sector at Automechanika 2018.

The 3-day event took place at the NEC, Birmingham and saw Hofmann Megaplan launch a number of new products including the OWB (One Weight Balance) technology for wheel balancing.

It was a record attendance at the show which also saw over 500 suppliers from over 26 countries set up stands in the 3 halls which the event took over.

New from Hofmann Megaplan
megamount 813xl

The Hofmann Megaplan stand was pushed for space with a wide variety of machines in operation for delegates to inspect. This included the brand new megamount 813xl which proved popular on its show debut. As the first of its kind in the market, this tyre changer is a fully automatic machine but without a traditional tilt back arm.

The Hofmann Megaplan team were on hand to explain to delegates how the innovative parallelogram design operates the mounting head with control and precision, removing all flex while fitting. 

The new Pulse 8 Wheel Aligner on show at Automechanika 2018

Wheel Alignment & Balancing

Alongside the OWB technology for balancing, a brand new wheel alignment system was also available for preview at the show. The Pulse 8 sits between the Ecoline 88 (ccd) and the Ssence 600 HD (3d) and is available to order now. Simply call 01480 8-9-10-11 to find out more now.

Automechanika 2018 proved a valuable opportunity for delegates to see the full range of wheel alignment machines Hofmann Megaplan offers side by side. If you missed out then a visit to the fully operational live demonstration showroom can also be booked by calling 01480 8-9-10-11.

The OWB (one weight balance) balancing software program that will be featuring on multiple machines, including the ms420, ms820, ms1200 and ms2000 was on show at Automechanika 2018. This was its first outing with many delegates impressed at the benefits the system can offer. For more on how OWB works speak to one of our experts today or arrange to visit us for a demo.

Managing Director of Hofmann Megaplan Mark Berryman (right) with the team and delegates

​In Summary, Managing Director Mark Berryman said of the event "This was an extremely well run and slick operation. I take great pride in any opportunity Hofmann Megaplan has to showcase its incredible range of machines and Automechanika never fails to draw in the right crowd from all areas of the automotive and garage sectors. We look forward to returning next year."


Other images from the Hofmann Megaplan team at Automechanika 2018:

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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.

You can call us now on 01480 89 10 11 or request a callback. Our team will be happy to talk to you more about the OWB system and arrange a visit.

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