Did you make the trip to Virginia Beach, Va., for Auto Glass Week™ 2023? Then expect to see a smattering of cutting-edge innovations that can help your business. Here’s a sampling of some new products that attendees will find on the show floor.
Triad Diagnostic Solutions has introduced the MaxiSYS IA900 calibration frame, enabling users to conduct both four-wheel alignments and ADAS calibrations. The system is equipped with six high-resolution positioning and tracking cameras within the frame, allowing frame positioning for calibrations in under five minutes, according to the company. Standard equipment includes the MaxiSys Ultra Tablet, which features software providing concise ADAS and alignment instructions. Attendees can visit Triad Diagnostic Solutions in booth #228 for additional information.
UltraWiz Tools has redesigned its UltraReach Cold Knife, part number 3055-K, which features four separate positions to provide variability and safety while cutting. According to the company, the 9-inch collapsed position is designed for precise cutting, while the fully extended 12-inch position allows for extra reach. The two center positions offer separate, 45-degree rear-handle adjustments both clockwise and counterclockwise for added flexibility. The cold knife has coated, 1-inch thick handles that aim to provide comfort and paint protection. It is made in the U.S. and includes one 1002M blade.
All the Essentials
The PipeKnife Company will introduce a new technician starter kit at Auto Glass Week 2023. The company says it collaborated with AGR technicians, distributors and other industry pros to develop an affordable kit with 30 basic tools that can perform a large percentage of glass removals. The kit is suitable for beginners learning the trade and may also serve as a backup kit for seasoned techs.
SIKA has launched its SikaTack Ultimate, what the company calls the world’s first 30-minute minimum drive-away time (MDAT) and primerless-to-glass AGR adhesive. SikaTack Ultimate is a cold-applied, fast-curing, high-viscosity polyurethane adhesive designed for use in replacing direct-glazed auto glass parts, without requiring the use of a Sika Aktivator or Sika Primer pre-treatment product on glass or ceramic frit. The company says it has been crash-tested according to FMVSS 212.
DuPont will showcase its portfolio of aftermarket glass bonding systems in booth #311. Featured solutions will include the company’s EV-Ready line of high-modulus urethane adhesives and primerless-to-glass adhesives with reduced minimum drive-away times. The company says its non-conductive urethane adhesives have advanced decking characteristics, resulting in less auto glass movement during static recalibration for a more accurate reading.
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