CCD vs. 3D: Head-to-Head Alignment Machine Comparison

Buying an alignment machine? Let’s use some common sense and compare a value priced CCD alignment system to a much more expensive 3D alignment system. Often times you will hear 3D Alignment technology promoted as NEW or BETTER than much lower cost CCD machines, but are they really?

CCD optical alignment measuring systems, like the Atlas® Edge 401 or the Atlas® Edge 601 machines, were first introduced in 1990. 3D alignment technology was first introduced in 1995. Both systems have been studied, researched and improved since the early ‘90s when they were introduced.

Let’s put the two systems to the test. Head to head, the Atlas® CCD Alignment Systems far outclass the 3D competition.


The Atlas® 601 Alignment Machine with FastClamp wheel clamps is valued at under $13,000 - much less expensive than a comparable 3D system.


The Atlas® CCD systems can be set up and provide accurate measurements within 2 minutes.


Testing has proven that in most cases our Atlas® CCD machines are more accurate. Our measuring sensors attach directly to the object we are measuring - vehicle wheel. The 3D alignment system takes an image of a target mounted to the wheel and uses software to determine the wheel position.


Our CCD systems will align all the vehicles that the 3D system will align plus many more. Many vehicles are too large for the 3D to align on the average size alignment lift rack. We can also align larger and more specialized vehicles than most 3D alignment systems.


Most 3D alignment systems use propriety technology that must be replaced from the original vendor. Our Atlas® CCD systems use non-proprietary computers and printers; if something needs replacing, you are free to source replacements locally.