MADISON, Ind. — Rotary has introduced a new wheel alignment system that is designed to make aligning heavy-duty buses and other vehicles easier.
The R5000HD Commercial Truck Alignment System can eliminate the need for rolling compensation that is required by other systems, according to the supplier.
“Many heavy-duty shops are looking to increase revenue by adding wheel alignment services or improving their alignment efficiency," said Jeff Vervoort, wheel service sales and technical trainer for Rotary. "Heavy-duty alignment is a lucrative business. The average cost for a typical wheel alignment on a car is about $100 to $120, but for a tractor trailer, it’s $250 and up, so the equipment can pay for itself pretty quickly.”
The alignment system contacts the wheel at the bolt circle instead of at the outer edge, which can take the guesswork out of alignments and eliminate additional labor time, expense, and physical effort associated with compensation. It can also reduce labor time by automatically measuring the axle offset on every alignment electronically, and notifying the technician of any problems.
The system doesn’t require a tower at the front of the bay, has no minimum bay size requirements, and the portable aligner console can be conveniently positioned anywhere in available bay space, according to Rotary.
The R5000HD also features infrared transmission among measuring heads. Each measuring head has controls to allow technicians to control the alignment process without having to return to the console, which can be located up to 59 feet away.