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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
Hofmann Megaplan is one of the UK's leading suppliers of garage equipment and we are currently expanding our finance team in the Cambridgeshire area. Full details are provided below.
Working with the established and experienced accounts team, your daily duties will include:
- Inputting sales invoices
- Bank Reconciliations – Current account, Barclays, Paypal
- Supplier Invoices input to Sage and PO checks
- Collate data for Payroll
- Process Payroll through Sage
- Process expenses
- Customer Statements sent
- Credit cards processed
- Processing of supplier payments
- Oversee Credit Control
- Cash receipts
- Process post
- Other tasks as required
The successful candidate will be based at the Kimbolton offices. We are looking to fill this role following an internal promotion.
Experience in an Accounts Administrator role is required.
Alternatively, you can apply online through our external ISN recruitment portal at https://www.isn-europe.co.uk/recruitment-application/.
Having conducted numerous installs of high quality vehicle lifts for years now across the length and breadth of the UK, we understand the importance of the right vehicle lift. It can maximise space, operational efficiency, safety and the general feel of your garage.
Every garage is different, so you can't just ask another workshop down the road which lift they prefer. Speaking to an expert is your best bet.
Not only do our team have incredible expertise within garage lifting equipment, we partner along side one of the longest serving lift manufacturers to the automotive industry in the world, Cascos Lifts!
Considerations when purchasing
Searching for the perfect machine? Offer a specific service? Only work on certain vehicles? This is one of the most used and important pieces of equipment within any workshop. Thus there is no room for error when investing in a lift. It could be a costly mistake for your business.
Here are our top tips to consider when buying a new lift:
1. Size and weight of the vehicles you lift
The type of lift you need often depends on the vehicles you work on most. The larger the weight of the vehicle, the bigger a lifting capacity is required from the lift.
Looking for an MoT lift? If you only conduct class 4 MoT testing, it would be worth deciding whether having a 2 post vehicle lift would be more profitable than a bigger 4 post lift.
2. The range of services performed by your technicians
You need to make sure your new lift is user-friendly. It needs to cater to your technicians needs - mainly being able to perform their work safely and efficiently. If your workshop performs wheel alignment and tyre changing services, you need a lift that offers easy access to that area of the vehicle. The right lift can increase efficiency meaning you get more work done.
3. Garage footprint and available space
One of the biggest issues we have seen from installing lifts over the years is space. Namely that there is not enough space to get a vehicle onto the lift if installed as requested.
Every shop is different, so it's important to check the lift dimensions against the dimensions of your bays. Also, check with the professionals! We've installed some lifts in pretty tight spots but from a usability perspective they offer what is needed.
It is the lift provider and install team that should flag up any issues in lift choice and locationing.
This is often the most important decision and you have to think long term.
Every business has a different budget, but it's worth taking into account more than just the purchase price. A smaller upfront cost won't be worth the saving when your lift needs constant maintenance and repairs.
You'll will also lose revenue until that machine is back up and running. Consider the total cost of ownership including what vehicles you'll be able to work on, workshop efficiency, repairs and inspections.
Benefits to a Hofmann Megaplan lift!
We take care of the whole process! From deciding on the right lift for your garage to install and after sales service. We offer more than a helping hand to purchasing your next lift.
Do you need to upgrade your vehicle lift? Why not do so and receive excellent install and after sales service as standard? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!
Hofmann Megaplan's ATL & MoT equipment division continues to provide high quality equipment and service across the UK. While a bay is often considered as 1 large investment it is many smart pieces that make it up. This week we are looking at break testers.
Our range of durable brake testers are well known within the industry for their reliability and incredible precision. We have installed thousands of this product across the globe to ensure safe testing of cars, motorbikes and light commercial vehicles.
What's often more important when installing a brake tester is advice for the groundwork. Having someone who has done this many times and can help guide you on the depth needed to dig out, distances required all around and best position can save you money, time and effort.
Our latest install at Fusion Auto saw a fully comprehensive MoT equipment bay added, with the brake testers being easily accessible and with no visual obstructions. This install utilised every inch of space within the workshop where many may think an MoT Bay wouldn't fit.
What is a Roller Brake Tester?
A key component of MoT testing, due to the potential damage that can be caused by having faulty brakes, the brake tester is a must have. Whilst the vehicle is in a static position, the brake tester allows for dynamic assessment of the brakes and provides a detailed analysis of the condition.
How do Brake Testers work?
If you're new to MoT's you might have seen a break tester in action but not know exactly what it is doing.
The roller brake tester is designed to simulate a generic smooth road surface to ensure maximum tyre protection during the testing process.The vehicle is driven onto the brake tester with its wheels centrally located between the two large rollers. The rollers are then switched on once the vehicle's details have been entered and rotated at a consistent speed related to the vehicle type.
The vehicle's brakes are then applied by the operator. A transducer measures the braking force as the vehicle decelerates, creating an in-depth analysis for each wheel. During the process, fluctuation is also measured to determine balance of braking force between near and off side wheels. An output is displayed showing any difference.
Our brake testers are easy and efficient to use in most part due to the consideration we place on smart installs. The user is able to operate the machine whilst sitting inside the vehicle by a user-friendly control system.
Why are they so important?
As explained above, the brake tester is a vital piece of equipment for MoT testing. It could literally be the difference between life and death for anyone operating or sitting in the vehicle.
If faulty brakes are not flagged up because you've chosen to install an unreliable brake tester there could be devastating consequences.
Don't risk it. Visit Hofmann Megaplan ATL MOT now!
Luckily for you we are here to help! All our brake testers are DVSA approved. Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 891011 to book an appointment with our MoT Station specialists.
With over 800 garage equipment users in attendance, A Night at the Carnival Trade show was billed by the organisers as "probably the Best Trade Show on Earth". For our team, it is certainly one of the most unique, not only for the carnival atmosphere but also as a chance to debut the Advanced ADAS system from Hofmann Megaplan, set to shake up the way garages complete this process.
The event brings together a top mix of equipment end users, from Garage owners to Mechanics, all of whom our team enjoyed welcoming onto the Hofmann Megaplan stand.
On the evening we were offering live demonstrations covering multiple equipment ranges. This offered attendees a true insight not only into the premium quality and advanced operational features that Hofmann Megaplan offers as standard but also the variety of garage equipment we are now able to offer.
On the night...
Hofmann Megaplan Technical specialists were on hand throughout the evening's proceedings from tyre fitting experts to alignment engineers.
The headline product on show was our brand new Advanced ADAS system. This is a system designed from the ground up to offer ADAS calibrations in the most cost efficient way imaginable. A 65" TV Monitor eliminates the need for updates through the purchasing of costly boards. New targets can be downloaded and displayed instantly on the monitor FOC.
Hofmann Megaplan will also be holding an ADAS open day on Thursday 20th June 2019. This will be a chance to get hands-on with both of our ADAS Systems as well as all other garage equipment in the range. Call now on 01480 8-9-10-11 to book your place.
Also on show from our garage equipment line up was the megamount 503 Evo, megaspin 420 with One Weight Balance technology, the fully-automatic NG90 Nitrogen Inflation machine and wheel alignment systems in the shape of our Ecoline 88 and Ssence 600 3D/HD. All feature in the gallery below.
Andy Currell, an Equipment Specialist at Hofmann Megaplan, was one of the team members running demos across the evening. He said of the event "what a change of pace from the standard trade show. This really was an ideal time to launch our Advanced ADAS System. "
Sales Manager Andy Ringrose added "This is an alternative system different from the traditional and frankly inefficient way of completing ADAS Diagnostics launched at a trade show themed around a carnival. These are both products and events to look out for in the future."
We love returning to our customers year after year to help maintain and service their equipment. We believe it helps reinforces a great relationship between supplier and consumer. Our latest lift service at Ariel Motors in Somerset demonstrates this concept in action!
Ariel Motors, famously known for the modern classic Atom model, are a British car manufacturer that pride themselves on exceptional quality. Tucked away in Somerset, they have help prestige in British motoring by only allowing a single technician to work on a vehicle from start to finish, there by offering a personable service. In their own words it's "just good old fashioned, British skill and handbuilt craftsmanship".
To follow up the Atom range of cars, Ariel started the production of their motorcycle range, the Ace. At the time of starting production they needed several lifts to cope with the demand for this new range. Hofmann Megaplan was a dream match and we were over the moon to work with such a British institution.
Four years on, our engineers have completed the fourth annual lift service of 3 MCL750 Cascos motorcycle lifts. Having originally purchased these durable lifts to for production back in March of 2015, they continue to provide excellent efficiency without a hitch!
At Hofmann Megaplan, we make sure our lift servicing and lift maintenance is just as good as the products we supply - if we didn't, our customers would not continue to use our excellent after sales service!Do you need to upgrade your vehicle lifting capabilities? Check out our range of wheel lifters online today or check out our Cascos range! Contact us now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!
The latest premium garage equipment install from our expert engineers was at the Abingdon branch of ProTyre where they received a welcome upgrade to their tyre fitting equipment.
This ProTyre shop prides itself on exceptional levels of customer service and so premium garage equipment to help offer this is a must. Specialising in mechanical repair such as vehicle servicing and MoTs sees the tyre machinery in regular use. That's before you consider the fitting part of the business which covers cars, vans, 4x4s and agricultural vehicles.
With premium brand wheels on offer including Michelin, Pirelli, Bridgestone and Continental, a top of the range equipment line up was a must.
Enter the megaspin 820P Wheel Balancer. With the ability to provide live recommended actions on screen using a colour TFT display for further visual representation, this machine takes balancing to a new level.
Whilst ensuring their new megaspin 820P Wheel Balancer was installed efficiently and with no hitches, our engineers were also able to introduce the One Weight Balance technology. This enables our tyre changes to balance a wheel using just one weight (not just a static balance either).
The branch also had a megamount 713XL Tyre Changer to compliment this advanced new balancer.Do you need to upgrade your balancing services? Check out our range of Wheel Balancers online today! Contact us now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!
Not only are Hofmann Megaplan installing tyre changers and wheel balancers up and down the country, we also carry out numerous installs of high quality vehicle lifts every week.
Ensuring new vehicle lifts are safe to use takes detailed preparation and analysis of your workshops footprint. Combine this with knowledge and technical know how, each install can be effortless. Our engineers also appreciate that no two installs are the same. They are always happy to help answer any questions you have whilst on site.
Take a look at our latest car lift installs below, taken from locations all across the UK. No matter where you are or the challenges that are presented, we will provide premium quality vehicle lifts, excellent customer service and efficient engineers with knowledge to share, all for an incredible price.
Do you need to upgrade your vehicle lift? Why not do so and receive excellent install and after sales service as standard? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to discuss how we can help!
With the ever-increasing amount of new tyre manufacturers now available on the market, I thought it worth taking some time to explore the issues I've seen many fitters having when it comes to quoting and replacing wheels recently.
As an alignment engineer, you often find yourself on installs with a garage owner nearby on the phone to a customer. This probably rings true for many tyre fitters reading this now. The story on the other end of the phone goes something along the lines of "How much will that be then? Oh wow! What about the price of a budget tyre?". It is the term BUDGET TYRE that causes the hearts of many a fitter to sink, but not for the same reason a customer might think.
A budget tyre approach simply doesn't suit most vehicles. As a fitter, you will have taken the time to ask what car the customer drives, how many miles they cover and maybe even the type of driving they do most commonly.
All this should determine the right type of tyre for the vehicle, at a price point which will be most efficient in the long run. Whichever option is fitted, as a business you are likely to be making roughly the same for fitting. Customers forget it is the quality of tyre they are compromising on, not the price of your time.
The same garage owner I mentioned earlier said to me after that call "this customer does 40,000 miles a year and wants budgets" rolling his eyes in disbelief. Some customers will take this a step further!
I've seen many people buying tyres on auction websites, thinking they're getting a great deal only to find out that the tyres have the wrong speed or load rating, risking the safety of themselves and other road users.
The Moral of this Tyre Fitting Story
As tyre fitters, you are the ones supplying the tyre, you have the tyre fitting equipment and so as an industry, we should be trying to educate and not frustrate!
There are tyres now being manufactured just for summer and winter use on domestic vehicles. Yet many people keep the same type of budget tyre on all year round and wonder why they need replacing 4x as much, forgetting the impact these cheap tyres will have on how the car reacts during the summer/winter conditions.
What's more, car manufacturers now often work with tyre manufacturers in a bid to resolve common wear issues. For example, the tyre manufacturers may use harder compounds in certain parts of the tyre that suffer from wear more. Fitting a budget would simply allow these common issues to continue and cost the customer more in the long run.
Many buy second hand and forget there is still a cost to pay for the fitting, supply of valve, wheel balancing and correct tyre disposal. Access to your tyre fitting equipment and advice on the correct tyre is all a part of the package you need to sell.
So next time a car arrives and you're getting ready to fire up your tyre changing machine, remember, you probably make a similar margin no matter what tyre you fit, but the customer will spend a lot more and potentially not trust you if their tyres are bald a month later. Take the time, have the conversation and make sure you're using your tyre machine to fit the right tyres.
My Dad always used to say to you get what you pay for! This statement is as true as ever with tyres. It's our job to educate road users and help keep everyone safe!
Author | Warren Carr | Wheel Alignment Specialist
My name is Warren Carr and I'm part of 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.
This install comes from the Northants and the fitters at SCS Tyres Co.
Specialists in industrial, commercial and domestic tyres covering Northamptonshire, SCS Tyres is a family run business. Its three generations of owners have racked up over 60 years experience in the industry.
As such these guys know their way around a tyre machine and settle for nothing but the best.
It all started with a meeting at our showroom. The customer wanted to kit out their brand new workshop and getting hands-on with the equipment they'd be using going forward was a must. We expect this and it is one of the main reasons we keep a showroom which is fully stocked with all our garage equipment, ready to use!After going through all our equipment in detail and consulting with our garage specialist about their requirements they decided to go with the following.
- megamount 813XL Evo
- megamount 403XL
- megaspin 420 (complete with One Weight Balance Technology)
- Wheel lifter
- NG90 Nitro Inflator
This is a first class machine line up that we think you'll agree the end result is a clean workshop with incredible equipment. The install was completed by Equipment Specialist Andy Currell. Full onsite training was also included to enable the team to make the most of their feature-rich new premium machines.
5 and a half hours later, SCS Tyres were ready to start fitting and Hofmann Megaplan left another very happy customer.
Back problems are no joke! Neither is failure to take care of yourself or your fitters. Lifting tyres takes its toll on the body. So why do it when there is a simple, safe and affordable solution?
Not only can it reduce the risk of injury but it can also boost the productivity of your garage.
Many fitters often overlook this forgotten about piece of garage equipment. However, wheel lifters could be one of the greatest investments you make in 2019! We've customers that have repeat purchased after seeing the difference purchasing one has made.
Stop slowing your service down. Here are the five reasons you need an electric wheel lifter!
1. Wheel Lifting Safety
An electric wheel lifter offers safety in a number of ways. Used effectively it reduces not only the risk of long term injury but also short term accidents. Wheels are securely locked into the tough grip arms. When working with wheels at height this means no risk of a falling tyre putting a fitter out of action.
Ensure all removals and movements are safe with minimal risk to your team, workshop and wheels!
2. Ease of Use at any Speed
What's incredible about this electric wheel lift is how feature rich it is, yet easy to use. The simple control panel offers quick access to lifting at one of three speeds. Using this simple bit of kit becomes second nature whilst eliminating a lifting job that no one need complete. What's more it takes up hardly any footprint in your garage (the reason many customers order one for each work bay). Increase the height you could lift a wheel manually with ease. Let a machine do the work!
3. Efficiency through Portability and Maneuverability
Our electric wheel lifter is battery powered making it completely portable and easy to transport around your workshop. Moving and fitting tyres becomes effortless and fast. At a fundamental level this wheel lifter makes you more productive and thus more profitable!
4. This Quality Device will change how you work without breaking the bank
We have not tried to reinvent the wheel. As with all products that wear the famous "H" logo, you receive the highest quality machine designed to last. This is a solution to issues many fitters just get on with and regret at some stage.
5. You can get a top spec Wheel Lifter at an incredible price!
This is a device we believe should be in every garage and tyre fitting shop. As such we are offering our highly rated WC300 Portable Electric Wheel Lifter for ONLY £995 +VAT!
Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 8-9-10-11 to order your electric wheel lifter now or for more info.
Although we haven't really had a severely cold winter this year, the weather is definitely becoming milder; which makes for happy riding if your one of the UK's 1.23 million registered motorbike owners (2017; Statista).
This makes for big business. It may be time to ask what it will take for you to capitalise on fitting wheels for motorcycles.
Motorbike Tyre Fitting: What do Hofmann Megaplan offer?
As with all our product ranges, Hofmann Megaplan only supply high quality premium garage equipment teamed with our now renowned impeccable service - our Motorcycle Equipment range is no acception!
Having been a leading supplier of garage equipment since 1931, our products and technology within them often sets the far future others to intimidate. It follows suit that we wouldn't offer a range of motorcycle tyre changing equipment and motorcycle lifting equipment with the famous 'H' logo on it, if we didn't feel it was up to scratch.
Our motorcycle tyre fitting equipment range consists of everything from lifting equipment like the MCL700 Motorcycle Lift through to motocycle wheel balancers including the Moto 200 Wheel Balancer. We also offer two motorcycle specific tyre changers:
While some class 4 tyre fitting machines will already be compatible with class 1 & 2 vehicles, we believe that there are many reasons investing in motorcycle specific equipment is the way to go in building the ultimate garage.
Why invest in Motorcycle specific equipment?
By purchasing specific garage equipment for your motorcycle tyre fitting services, you will be able to save time. This equipment is designed to do a specific job and while other changers will get the tyre on and off if you're looking to offer motorcycle fitting seamlessly this is a no brains investment.
What's more, when it comes to changing each tyre your equipment is already set up. This saves time and hassle for fitting all wheels as each machine is correctly set up with the right adaptors and its own purpose.
Of course, this can make your garage more profitable, your fitters lives easier and your business busy as you are able to fit in more jobs throughout the day. Your motorcycle tyre changing equipment can pay for itself quicker than you think and you seamlessly increase the number of specialised services you offer.
Visit our Hofmann Megaplan Motorcycle Equipment range now for more information!
Contact us online or call us today on 01480 891011 to discuss your garages requirements in more detail.
As always our engineers have been busy up and down the country fitting a variety of garage equipment.
Last week we completed an install for Elite Direct Tyres in Rainham. From their state of the art showroom and garage in the east of London they offer everything from tyre fitting and wheel alignment to car servicing and MOTs.
The company boasts 67,000 square feet of warehousing space alongside its 20,000 square feet retail store, which they keep fully-stocked with the latest alloy wheels and tyres alongside many other ancillary products. They even have a cafe in their waiting area!
Self confessed experts in all things automotive, they say on their website "we pride ourselves on our extensive knowledge of tyres, alloy wheels, brakes, suspension systems, exhausts – the list is endless."
With sales complete onsite, over the phone and through their Point S powered website, this is a busy workshop with a requirement for the best equipment.
Enter Hofmann Megaplan. Two of our expert engineers spent a day onsite fitting a host of the best premium garage equipment money can buy. This included two brand new service lifts to expand the working area of the garage.
Also installed was a
This was in addition to a
Hofmann Megaplan would like to thank Elite Direct Tyres for its custom and for choosing our machines to feature in their incredible garage set up!
While Hofmann Megaplan's ATL & MoT equipment division continues to provide high quality equipment and service for a varying range of garage owners. However many are unaware of what equipment goes into an MOT, even though they know the profit it can bring them.
By providing a comprehensive range of products Hofmann Megaplan are able to fit out and upgrade bays with new MOT Equipment to suit more classes. This means better serving opportunities for your garage and not turning customers away. This includes:
What is our Most Popular MOT Bay Equipment?
Whilst no single piece is more important than another, their is always one piece of equipment that starts the search. Emission Testers are often this thing and are available for Class 1 & 2 MOT Testing, Class 4 MOT Testing & Class 7 MOT Testing. These vehicle gas analysers deliver the highest standard in petrol and diesel testing for your customer's peace of mind. Our MOT equipment range includes:
With technologically advanced components included as standard, UK MOT requirements are met with high quality performance products. Our emissions tester units also offer greater ease of use for your engineers and outstanding reliability, so you know that your equipment will not let you down!
What are you waiting for? Visit Hofmann Megaplan ATL MOT now!Do you need more information or advice on what we can do to help your workshop? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 891011 to book an appointment with our MoT Station specialists.
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.
How do you know which wheel alignment machine is the best? Is it the technology? The durability of the machine? Or maybe it is a combination of everything? Not only do we have the answer but we worked out how to make the best better!
The megaline Ssence ULTRA combines a 3D/HD alignment system with integrated handheld tread depth scanner. By marrying these two devices we are able to provide the ultimate in wheel alignment services. Continuously providing high quality garage equipment is standard for Hofmann Megaplan. It is shown brilliantly in the robust and ergonomically designed unit which enhances productivity and your ability to deliver alignment and tyre services.
What is so different about the megaline Ssence ULTRA?
The ULTRA sets a totally new standard in wheel alignment, by introducing the revolutionary new TreadReader technology!
This device is taking the tyre and alignment industry by storm with its ability to inform customers in a clear and concise manner. It only requires a few seconds per tyre to run over and provides an instant 3D rendering of the tyre on the megaTab handheld display. Because it is instantly uploaded to a smartphone or tablet via the TreadReader App, customers are able to see instantly any dangers there tyres are posing from misalign issues to increase stopping distance.
The added bonus? A boost in business for garages that might otherwise have been missed out on.
Where to see the TreadReader in 2019..
Option 1 and the easiest is to get one on one with the TreadReader. You can Contact us online or call us today on 01480 891011 to book an appointment, visit our showroom and see the megaline Ssence ULTRA in action!
We'll also be at several show across the UK in 2019 including the Point S members trade show, the CV Show and Automechanika Birmingham 2019 in the brand new Big UK Garage Event. We'll have TreadReader units at each ready to show you.
A quick one this month on the havoc cold weather can wreak when it comes to your wheel alignment system!
Keep your Turn Plates Turning, no matter the weather...
The severity of weather makes a massive difference of course but cold weather normally means more ice on the road. As such we see more salt, dirt and sometimes even sludge on the roads. All of this will collect within the wheel arches of vehicles and it can easily fall onto your turn plates. This will result in corrosion of the turn plates and their useful lifespan being decreased. Did you know a very fine spray of lubricant daily can save your turn plates from corroding? A small cost to make a big saving long term.
Caster Swings + the cold = A MUST!
Don't forget your caster swings, especially in the cold!
Most machines are able to bypass doing a caster swing and so this may not be a check you think to regularly complete. However, this could mean you are missing out on service up sales from damage more commonly caused during the winter months.
Hitting the kerb at any speed can have a noticeable effect on alignment but many don't realise the unseen damage that happens. We commonly see bent wishbones in the winter months from cases where a customer has skidded on ice and had an impact with the kerb.
Not doing your caster swing check could mean you are missing out on replacing bent wishbones. Your customers will thank you as they drive away safer!
Most modern computer wheel alignment machines use infrared technology. That includes 3D and CCD alignment machines.
We always receive, without fail, several callouts over the winter periods where erratic readings or blocked beams have been reported on these systems. The issue is often quite an obscure one.
We've found that many garages are now starting to use infrared heaters to keep their workshops warm in the winter. The issue? Unfortunately, these heaters are polluting the space with infrared rays. It is an easy problem to overcome though. The solution is to simply not to shine the heaters near the wheel aligners whilst in use.
Keep warm and keep aligning with the accuracy these machines are built to offer!
Your winter alignment woes?
Have you got any other winter alignment woes or tips to overcoming issues thrown up by the cold weather? Let us know now. Our engineers are always on hand to help. Call 01480 8-9-10-11 today and arrange to speak to a member of the alignment team.
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.
Hofmann Megaplan is one of the UK's leading suppliers of garage equipment and we currently have two new opportunites to join our teams in the Cambridgeshire area. Full details are provided below.
Dispatch Officer - Stores & Spare Parts - Kimbolton
We are looking to fill this role following an internal promotion.
To be successful in this role you will require enthusiasm, common sense and a polite phone manner. A determination to learn and understand the equipment the company provides is a must. Full training will be provided so no previous experience is necessary.
- Dealing directly with customers on the phone to problem solve and provide the correct guidance and spare parts
- Handle dispatch of all parts from the store
- Organise and maintain the store including managing inbound stock and spares
- Use Sage Accounts to handle customer records, orders and stock management
- Deal with external third party services relating to delivery
- Work alongside the service manager to field other inbound calls
This is a role that offers a great opportunity for career progression, both on the service management and engineering sides of the business.
Machine Builder/ PDI Engineer - Ramsey
Again this role requires a great deal of enthusiasm, common sense, and the ability to work well as part of a team. There are also overtime opportunities regularly available. Some knowledge of either the machine building environment or garage equipment will be greatly beneficial.
- Unloading & storing deliveries post build
- Completing the build for a range of garage equipment including tyre changers, wheel balancers and alignment systems (Browse the Hofmann Megaplan site for the full range)
- Testing and fault diagnostics on new machines as well as reporting and improving the build process
- Working with engineers to improve overall operational efficiency
- Refurbishment and re conditioning of part exchange machines as well as ex-demo equipment
- Forklift license desired but not required
You will be working in a hands on the environment using power tools and other heavy machinery. This is a physical role with a great team of people in a rapidly growing part of the business.
Alternatively, you can apply online through our external ISN recruitment portal at https://www.isn-europe.co.uk/recruitment-application/.
We appreciate the importance of trying before you buy. Especially when it comes to investing in tyre fitting equipment your business will use day in, day out.
It could be how it works, the appearance or performance you want to understand. Having the knowledge that the product can perform as expected with the ability to improve your current process is a must!
That's why we have always kept a fully stocked and demonstration ready showroom open for all to visit. Our products ranges are constantly expanding and equipment being updated to meet the newest industry-leading standards, and there is no better place to see this than our statement showroom based in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, easily accessible from the A1 and A14.
What to expect...
We have just completed a full estock of all our latest garage equipment for 2019, making this the most diverse and full our showroom has ever been. New technologically advanced systems including ADAS Diagnostics join the classic line up of Premium tyre changing equipment.Our fully extensive showroom now covers:
- Premium Wheel Balancers
- Premium Tyre Changers
- Wheel Aligners
- ADAS Diagnostics
- Wheel Lifts
- Vehicle Lifts
- A/C Servicing Equipment
- And much, much more…
One of our Equipment Specialists is always on hand to take you through our equipment range, providing quick demonstrations of our efficient and easy to use products.
Want to take a look at our garage equipment in action? Contact us online now or call us today on 01480 891011 to speak to one of our dedicated team, to book an appointment to visit our showroom.
You can also see all the latest equipment in our garage equipment video library.
Hofmann Megaplan will often reference our above and beyond levels customer service. When we say you can be sure we are able to install our equipment on time in whatever weather or location we mean it and today was no exception!
Pro Tyre Bell Silencers in Swindon may have woke up this morning to snow, unsure as to whether their new aligner would be delivered or not. Not ones to disappointed, our engineers were on site first thing to replace an old Hunter aligner with our 3D