Chief Automotive Technologies introduced its LaserLock live mapping system at last week’s SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Chief’s LaserLock system includes a new laser scanner with out-of-level measuring capabilities; 45 targets and a wide range of attachments; a lockable, portable workstation equipped with dual flat screen monitors, computer and color printers; and Chief software.
“The LaserLock measuring system is so advanced, it is in a product category of its own,” said Lee Daugherty, Chief global data product manager. “LaserLock precisely measures up to 45 individual points on a vehicle simultaneously in real time. This live, multipoint mapping enables technicians to measure and monitor dimensional changes as they occur during pulling, so there’s no need to recalibrate after every pull, and there is less risk of accidentally putting more damage into a vehicle.”
The lightweight, durable new LaserLock scanner features an ergonomic design with easy-to-reach handles and a compact profile that maximizes the laser’s line of sight. As a result, Chief claims LaserLock can simultaneously measure more reference points than any other system on both full-frame and uni-body vehicles. It can map an entire vehicle at once, making it possible to repair vehicles with diamond or twist damage, as well as frames that have both front and rear damage.
In addition, LaserLock’s design allows for vehicles to be measured even when they’re not level.
“We strongly believe that every collision-damaged vehicle should be measured before repairs begin,” said Daugherty. “LaserLock makes it much easier for estimators and technicians to identify not only visible damage, but hidden secondary damage as well.”
The system includes a portable workstation, which houses a computer loaded with Windows XP Professional Edition and Chief software. It is equipped with dual flat screen monitors for access to both the LaserLock live mapping system and estimating software or OEM repair procedures.
LaserLock includes a step-by-step tutorial program to help technicians make higher quality repairs quickly, accurately and profitably. The system includes on-screen photos of recommended targets and attachments, as well as where they should be placed. Chief also includes free interactive live support.
LaserLock enables shops to print full-color maps of all the collision damage on a vehicle as part of the estimating process, as well as a final inspection report showing that the vehicle has been returned to OEM specifications.