Computerized Collision Repair

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Chief Automotive’s new Cam Scan HD is the first computerized measuring system in North America, the company says, designed to identify and document all collision damage on heavy-duty vehicles, both trucks and buses.

Chief says it provides the precise, accurate measurements technicians need to eliminate any guesswork when analyzing frame damage. Cam Scan HD is also said to be faster than other measuring methods while providing documentation of damage and completed repairs.

The computerized measuring system lets technicians easily measure and compare two points anywhere on a vehicle using PanoVision technology, a patented process for making precise measurements from something called stereophotogrammic images. It can measure the condition of a frame in the X, Y and Z axes to detect diamond, mash, sway, and twist.

The system can be used for frame-rail analysis, axle and trailer alignment analysis, and even to measure areas that the centerline gauge and string method can’t, such as upper body damage and cab openings. Because it’s faster and more accurate than traditional measuring methods, says Chief, it’s more profitable for shops, with the added benefit of providing documentation of each measurement.

Insurance companies are increasingly demanding documentation of damage in order to approve an estimate for repair, according to Chief. They’re also requiring documentation demonstrating that the repairs were made prior to initiating payment.

The Chief Cam Scan HD measuring system includes a laptop computer loaded with PanoVision software, wireless mouse, 32-in. monitor, and color document printer, all housed in a durable, portable locking cabinet. The cabinet also houses the lightweight portable camera measuring assembly which is said to be easy to use both inside the shop and off-site, if needed. The system comes with 12 calibration boards and measuring attachments, as well as a halogen lighting system.

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Rolf Lockwood is editor emeritus of Today's Trucking and a regular contributor to

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