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Shop Equipment

Recent announcements in the shop equipment space from automotive aftermarket tool makers, parts manufacturers, and distributors.

Recently released products in the Shop Equipment space include a new jack from StrongArm, a wheel aligner from John Bean; a vehicle fumigation system from Mahle; software news from Hunter Engineering; ADAS-focused repair information from Sun; and a new lift from Launch.

Welcome to Auto Service World’s Category Focus, looking at recent announcements from automotive aftermarket tool makers, parts manufacturers, and distributors.

Vehicle hoists

Launch takes pride in being among the world’s largest manufacturers for the high quality versatile automotive lifts. It produces a variation of 50,000 vehicle lifts sold worldwide making it a global leader in quality lift designs, production and sales.

Up until six years ago, Launch Tech USA was selling, installing and maintaining Launch hoists in the Canadian market. However, this has stopped due to the challenging nature of the local after-sales support market. Hoists are considered heavy equipment that require specialized expertise to run pre-emptive maintenance, trouble shooting and on-ground support at the time of need.

As a result of the ever evolving, 20 year old, business relationship between the leadership team at Launch and the leadership team at Canada Auto Solutions (CAS), Launch Tech USA has recently reintroduced its hoists to the Canadian market through CAS. Culminating a solid journey of success over the past three years between the two companies, CAS has recently been chosen as the partner of choice for selling LAUNCH products in the Canadian market including sales, installation and maintenance of LAUNCH quality hoists. This authorization by Launch Tech USA is testimony to CAS’s competency in designing, operating and expanding its sustainable, technically viable and locally available technical support system.

Chady Abdo, managing director at CAS said, “It gives us great pleasure to be chosen as the trusted partner to reintroduce Launch hoists into the Canadian market. I take this opportunity to thank Launch Tech USA for their confidence and for the extended technical training sessions.”

Interactive Wiring Diagrams

SUN announces the latest release of the SUN Collision Repair Information software introduces wiring diagrams with exclusive features including interactivity that connects the diagrams directly to component information. This helps increase efficiency as technicians can access component repair information from inside the diagram without having to initiate a secondary search.

While viewing a wiring diagram, technicians can click on any component within the diagram to see a pop-up menu with selections to learn more about specifications, component location, connector views, guided component tests and more. There is no need to exit the wiring diagram to find related information they need to diagnose the issue.

“The new interactive wiring diagrams give collision repair technicians the ability to access complete component information from inside the diagram, helping them work more efficiently,” said Nicholas Blais, market manager for SUN Collision. “It’s another way we are helping technicians meet the challenge of diagnosing and repairing today’s complex vehicles.”

Interactivity is just the latest enhancement to the wiring diagrams that take electrical diagnostics to a new level of sophistication while keeping the interface user-friendly. Additional features include:

  • Component names in the diagrams are active links that connect directly to complete component information.
  • The ability to toggle highlighting of associated wires for each component without having to click each wire separately.
  • A simplified view of complex diagrams with highlighting that extends across all the pages until the wire reaches its termination point.
  • Zoom and orientation are maintained across multiple pages, streamlining navigation.
  • When performing a deep dive into a wiring diagram, hidden wires appear faded but do not disappear entirely, providing detail while preserving the big picture view.

SUN Collision Repair Information offers collision repair facilities a comprehensive source of repair information that covers all types of repairs, both collision and mechanical, and includes OEM and real-world industry information.

Upgraded specifications

John Bean comprehensive wheel alignment specifications have been updated and released, providing the best coverage offered at an even better value. The upgraded specs include the most extensive coverage for vehicles worldwide and feature up to 35 years of vehicle history.

“In order to provide our customers with the most up-to-date and thorough information, all alignment specs are sourced from the original manufacturer for superior accuracy,” said Jordan Krebs, product manager for John Bean. “We continue to make extensive improvements to our VIN match product, while keeping with the consistent updates and improvements of previous releases. As with every release, our goal is to provide a wide range of updates, while increasing our content inclusion and reviewing data to ensure the specifications are up-to-date with all service bulletins and manufacturer updates.”

The new 4.3.1 software included in the update is capable of upgrading the specs of any connected John Bean aligner and features all the improvements from the 4.3.0 software including:

  • Notification to the technician of ADAS calibration requirements and on many makes, target placement and OEM repair procedures are also included
  • Updates on more than 50 worldwide manufacturers with over 950 vehicles added
  • Many new Volkswagen Group and Mercedes-Benz® vehicles are included for the 2020 year
  • Further improvements to the compensation process

The updates are available for the following John Bean wheel aligners: V1200, V2000, V2100, V2280, V2380 and V3300. With the purchase of a one-year subscription and install/optimization, customers will receive one year of wheel alignment specification updates, plus software that offers a comprehensive 20-point alignment system check, system accuracy validation and lift geometry and turn/slip plate inspection.

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