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Atlas® Edge 801 truck alignment machine offers two Bluetooth systems:
Our Bluetooth Alignment Systems versus the Hunter® System
Our Atlas® alignment system shares the same basic philosophy as the Hunter® alignment systems. This philosophy is based on measuring and locating an exact wheel position and then prompting the operator to place all wheels in a straight ahead position according to the straight ahead steering position at the steer axle. Both systems use similar measurement techniques to measure and calculate the vertical angles of caster and camber. The Atlas® truck aligner is just faster, simpler, and a more accurate system that will produce better results and MORE INCOME.
Advantages of the Atlas® Bluetooth Truck System Over Hunter®
Atlas® Bluetooth system versus BeeLine® (The Most Modern Technology versus Older Technology)
The Atlas® Bluetooth system produces a fully integrated alignment. Changes to the left rear wheel changes the geometry of the entire rectangle. Our system recognizes these changes as the alignment occurs and updates the alignment as you progress. This produces a TOTAL VEHICLE ALIGNMENT. The BeeLine® actually utilizes two separate alignment systems and does not produce a TOTAL VEHICLE ALIGNMENT.
Rear Drive Axle Adjustment--The BeeLine uses a metal jig that squeezes against the furthest rear drive tires on both sides. This is fundamentally incorrect since the tires are now the point of reference instead of the wheel. A laser beam is projected from front steer axle to the target area on the metal jig. The rear most drive axle is adjusted until the laser beam strikes the crosshairs of the target.
Front Drive Axle Adjustment- Once the rear drive is adjusted, the operator takes the large metal caliper (tram bar) and adjusts its pointers so that the tip of the pointer goes into the 60 degree tapers of both drive axles on one side of the vehicle. Then he tightens the adjustment screw of the tram bar. He then goes to the other side of the truck and inserts the pointers into those two axles comparing them. The front drive axle is then adjusted until the pointer spread is equal on both sides of the truck.
This type of "measurement" is mechanical and not very accurate. More importantly, this mechanical method does not take into account the built in toe and camber error that is inherent in the axle assembly. Every axle that has ever been made has a toe and camber error. The Atlas® 801 Edge system measures these errors and directs the operator to make the proper setting, allowing the rear wheels to track straight ahead-therefore compensating for this toe and camber error. In other words, it does not matter if the two sides are spread equally or if the axle is perpendicular with the frame. In fact these will only occur if there is ABSOLUTELY NO TOE OR CAMBER ERROR IN THE AXLE ASSEMBLY. (a virtual impossibility!)
Advantages of the Atlas® Bluetooth over the BeeLine®
In Summary, The Atlas® Edge 801 Bluetooth alignment machine: