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TRUE ADAS CALIBRATION professionals realize that every requirement and instruction set forth by the vehicle OE is there for a reason and that shortcuts have no business being taken on the shop floor.

Case in point, an examiner for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) looked at the failure of a Honda Civic’s forward collision auto braking system, which in their test resulted in delayed action and subsequent obstacle collision at 20 mph. The IIHS examiner found that the technician had failed to follow OE procedures, including parking the vehicle on level ground, identifying the vehicle’s center, and properly measuring the distance from target to vehicle. That was never done, “they were just eyeballing it,” the IIHS examiner said.

The IIHS examiner never said why the technician failed to follow the correct procedures—lack of the right tools or equipment, poor training, or that he found the measuring process time consuming or tedious.

 

 

The setup processes for the ADAS calibrations are time consuming and they differ by brand, model and model year, as well as the systems being calibrated. Set- up often involves plumb bobs and masking tape, tape measures, laser lines, and reflectors. The setup is the most time- consuming process of a static calibration.

Autel heard technicians’ lament and answered with the MaxiSYS IA800 positioning system. The MaxiSYS IA800 employs six high-resolution cameras, positioning targets and components, and alignment Pre-Check and Frame positioning software to transform Autel’s Standard Calibration frame into a precise, efficient and complete—from Pre-Check to Reports calibration system. It’s a four-step process: Pre-Check, Position, Perform and Provide. Here’s a quick overview of each step.

 

PRE-CHECK

Proper vehicle alignment is essential to the calibration of all ADAS components. The thrust angle, calculated in reference to the vehicle’s rear axle, determines its direction as it travels down the road. Further, this reference enables the correct centering and position of the frame and its targets/ patterns when positing the calibration frame and its patterns/targets to the vehicle. Pre-Check uses the IA800’s cam- era system and targeted wheel clamps attached to all four wheels to determine the vehicle’s current alignment specifications and compare them with the vehicle manufacturer’s allowed tolerances. If with- in OE-specified tolerances, the technician can proceed to optical positioning of the frame to the vehicle. The alignment information is added to the Pre-Scan report.

 

 

POSITION

 

 

Wheel clamps with camera targets are attached to the rear wheels, and a standing target component is placed in the front or to the side of the vehicle, depending on the vehicle make, model, and year. The MaxiSYS tablet, now placed securely on the frame, is paired with the cameras. The system recognizes the positioning targets and calculates the current angle, distance, and o set position of the frame to the vehicle. The technician follows the onscreen instructions to move the frame or adjust its angle until the current values match the required values. Checkmarks display for each parameter once the required position values are met, and that’s it, the vehicle is ready for calibration. Compare that setup with one using mechanical tools such as plumb bobs and measuring tape that takes 40 minutes, on average.

 

PERFORM

Perform camera, radar, Lidar, and Night Vision component calibration with any Maxi- SYS tablet with ADAS calibration software.

 

 

PROVIDE

“Make sure you document every step,” is the consistent thread mentioned in all ADAS calibration training. Documentation is essential as it encourages insurance companies to expedite payment, insulates the shop from unsupported lawsuits, and assures existing and potential customers that the safety of their vehicles and, therefore, the safety of their families is foremost in the shop owner’s mind. Autel’s Pre-Scan identifies all systems with faults and lists Pre-Check values. Post-Scans identify all systems to illustrate that existing faults were cleared and none were introduced during the repair. Calibrations are documented in detail with the date/time of these calibrations, statement of the success of the calibration and depending on the vehicle, include OE calibration tolerance range and the live data/actual reading of the device when calibrated.

Autel designed this system to enable technicians to perform every vehicle calibration with confidence and ease. And from Pre-Check to documentation, every step is completed with precision.

 

 

Article Credit to Ultimate Repair Shop.

 

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