Bosch, Mitchell unveil new target system for static ADAS calibration

With Mitchell Diagnostics MD-TS21, collision repairers can increase workflow efficiency, reduce cycle time and generate additional revenue by performing calibrations in-house

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BoschBosch Automotive Service Solutions and Mitchell have announced the availability of the MD-TS21.

While the former is a leading global supplier of technology and services, the latter is a provider of technology, connectivity and information solutions to the Property & Casualty (P&C) claims and Collision Repair industries.

The new computer-based target system is designed to allow repair facilities to quickly and precisely calibrate front-facing cameras, blind-spot monitors and radar sensors in popular automobile models with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).

Mike Rosanova, director of operations for Collision Repair Experts and Fix Auto Edmonton, “Right now we outsource all of our ADAS calibration work. It increases cycle time, while adding to our costs “

He added: “With the MD-TS21, we can bring that work and the revenue it generates in-house.

The MD-TS21 makes use of Bosch’s best-in-class vehicle coverage, patented technology and industrial-grade digital cameras to automatically measure the distance and angles of targets in relation to the vehicle.

Thanks to the help of guided lasers, technicians can easily adjust the target board and radar reflector positioning in minutes, without the need for plumb bobs, tape measures and mirrors.

The system is controlled by the accompanying MD-500 wireless tablet and its positioning software that features an intuitive user interface designed to reduce errors and improve calibration efficiency. This helps maintain a high level of precision while decreasing labor time, providing additional support for proper, safe repair.

The MD-TS21 and MD-500 together deliver a complete solution for diagnostic scanning, static and dynamic calibration, and repair blueprinting. In October, Bosch and Mitchell announced the launch of the MD-500.

The wireless tablet combines Bosch’s hardware and diagnostics expertise with the mobility of Mitchell’s cloud-based software—including Mitchell Cloud Estimating and its Integrated Repair Procedures.

Repair planners can use it to perform pre- and post-scans, write estimates, take photos, link directly to OEM repair procedures from Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), and automatically upload pre-scan, post-scan and calibration reports.

Dynamic calibration

According to Michael Simon, director of strategic accounts at Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, “Automobile complexity continues to increase, making static and dynamic calibration essential.”

He added: “Through our collaboration with Mitchell, we’ve brought to market innovative diagnostic tools that aid technicians in the efficient, accurate and safe repair of collision-damaged vehicles.”

Once the calibration is done, Mitchell’s new calibration report is automatically attached to the job in Mitchell Connect.

It can then be shared electronically with vehicle owners or insurance carriers to expedite payment, while also providing the essential artifacts to properly document the repair.

(With inputs from Automotive Lead Research Team)

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