Having recently extended its approval requirements for its workshop alignment equipment, Mercedes-Benz has given its seal of approval to the latest Hunter three axle commercial vehicle alignment system (HTA-MBHD).
Available exclusively in the UK through wheel alignment specialist Pro-Align, the system is capable of providing live alignment readings on three axles simultaneously, greatly reducing the time needed to conduct an alignment check.
Indeed, such is the advanced nature of the aligner that it can be used on all Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicles including trucks, buses, trailers and vans, including those with multiple steering axles.
“Hunter has been working closely with Mercedes-Benz over a number of months to produce the most technologically advanced commercial vehicle wheel alignment system available on the market today,” said Chris Ivory, product manager, Pro-Align.
“The culmination of this work is the approval by Mercedes-Benz for use of the aligner in all of its dealer workshops. This important announcement means that system has been rigorously and extensively tested, and that Mercedes is confident that it meets its latest, exacting equipment standards, setting a new benchmark in the process.”
For full compliance with Mercedes-Benz procedures, the Hunter aligner is capable of measuring wheel alignment angles relative to the vehicle’s chassis centre line, using the frame reference mode, as well as to the thrustline of the rear axle, using the axle reference mode.
The wireless system requires users to attach sensors to six of the vehicle’s wheels. Jacking of the vehicle is not required as the important rolling compensation is carried out in one short roll of the vehicle, which can be assisted with Hunter’s unique EasiPush.
Live readings are transmitted from the sensors to the system console with results presented in a clear, easy to understand printable format or electronically by email and online via HunterNet.
The new aligner is even suitable for workshops that do not benefit from level alignment bays. The system’s floor slope mapping and memorising capability allows individual work bays to be mapped and memorised. This means that the aligner can be moved regularly between multiple bays and deliver accurate and precise measurements without the hassle or use of additional measuring devices to compensate readings.
“With the launch of the Hunter commercial vehicle wheel alignment system, rapid wheel alignment assessment has become a reality for HGV, coaches and buses alike,” said Ivory. “This latest approval is another significant advancement and we are looking forward to helping as many Mercedes-Benz workshops upgrade their alignment capabilities accordingly.”