SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Bosch Automotive Solutions is partnering with Mitchell International Inc. to launch MD-TS21, a computer-based target system designed to help repair facilities calibrate front-facing cameras, blind-spot monitors and radar sensors in popular automobile models with advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS).
The MD-TS21 measures the distance and angles of targets in relation to the vehicle, the companies said. With the help of guided lasers, technicians can 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 a MD-500 wireless tablet and its positioning software that features "an intuitive user interface designed to reduce errors and improve calibration efficiency," the companies said.
"Automobile complexity continues to increase, making static and dynamic calibration essential," Michael Simon, director of strategic accounts at Bosch Automotive Service Solutions, said.
"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 complete, Mitchell's new calibration report is automatically attached to the job in Mitchell Connect. The report 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.
"Right now we outsource all of our ADAS calibration work," Mike Rosanova, director of operations for Collision Repair Experts and Fix Auto Edmonton, said.
"That increases cycle time, adds to our costs and can even lower customer satisfaction. With the MD-TS21, we can bring that work and the revenue it generates in-house."
San Diego-based Mitchell International delivers "smart technology" solutions and services to the auto insurance, collision repair, disability and workers' compensation markets.