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What is a CCD wheel aligner? An introductory guide

If you’re shopping for a wheel alignment machine, you’ll likely have come across terms like 3D and CCD. But what separates these high-tech models from more traditional laser systems? If you’re struggling to decide which type is right for you, we’re here to help.

Without further ado, let’s take a closer look at CCD wheel aligners - and what sets them apart from laser and 3D machines.

CCD wheel aligners: what are they and how do they work?

CCD stands for Charged Coupled Device. Instead of using light beams (like traditional laser alignment systems), CCD models utilise advanced camera technology to deliver pinpoint accuracy in seconds.

From a user’s point of view, they work similarly to laser aligners. Four measuring heads are included, one for each wheel, which are quickly and easily clamped onto the face of the rim.

CCD aligners are nothing new - they’ve been around since the early 1990s, in fact. In this time, they’ve significantly grown in popularity. Why? They offer a number of notable advantages over laser systems…

The advantages of a CCD aligner

  • While it’s possible to get great results with laser aligners, they’re very labour intensive. A basic laser system will measure front tracking, but you have to reverse the laser to measure the rear. Additionally, you’ll need an extra manual gauge to measure caster and camber. None of this is a problem for a CCD aligner.
  • Accuracy: Much like 3D wheel aligners, CCD machines deliver incredible precision - the kind of precision you simply can’t achieve with a traditional laser wheel alignment system. If you’re serious about wheel alignment, a CCD machine is well worth the investment.
  • Speed: CCD systems are arguably the fastest and easiest to set up of the three rival technologies. If you know what you’re doing, you can boot up the system and attach the sensors to the car in less than five minutes. 
  • Flexibility: Unlike most other systems, CCD aligners are portable and can be used on any lift, then they can be rolled out of the way when they’re not needed - or easily transported from lift to lift, as and when required. By contrast, many 3D systems have to be securely fixed in position in front of a lift. 
  • Two-post lift compatible: Don’t have a four-post lift but want to offer wheel alignment services? With a Hofmann Megaplan CCD wheel aligner, you can use your two-post lift

Explore our range online today

Now you know a little more about CCD aligners, why not explore our complete range of alignment machines to find one that’s right for you? If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch

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