A Growing Rise in Calibration and What it Means for Shops

Calibration was a very popular topic during this year’s Auto Glass Week. There were several seminars that discussed not only the need for calibration, but also how much it has increased throughout the past few years and what that means for you in the shop. Sean O’Malley, senior test coordinator for the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, said 20 automakers have committed to make an automatic emergency braking (AEB) standard by September 2022. O’Malley was not the only presenter that highlighted the future for automotive repair.

According to an ADAS presentation made by Mike Flink, Autel’s national training and sales manager, starting in 2017 ADAS went from “optional” to standard in the majority of midsize and up vehicles. This new standard could increase the amount of vehicles that will need to be recalibrated when windshields are replaced. In all cases there must be enough room within an auto glass repair and replacement shop to perform the calibration to meet the standard requirements. According to Flink, some additional things to consider when adding calibration options for your customers in your shop include:

  • Targets and holders in the event multiple vehicles are in for calibration simultaneously;
  • Wheel mount lasers to ensure precise centering;
  • Having proper height adjustments (manual height or motorized);
  • Eliminating any exterior light sources that can cause uneven surface shadows; and
  • Ensuring your indoor location is free from obstructions.

Vehicles with forward sensing cameras were discussed in O’Malley’s presentation. He made reference to the strong need for recalibration because if the camera is mounted back onto the windshield and it is slightly off, it can affect the lane departure warning signals, as well as the sensor to enable the vehicle’s breaks.

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