Modern vehicles due to the presence of sophisticated on board safety systems require increasingly complex maintenance
Sensors, cameras and radars are now vital components in any new vehicles. Technological development has led car manufacturers, and not only them, to use components with a high degree of complexity. Just think of the software designed to manage Adas systems, elements that are now increasingly common in vehicles. This software, as well as components, need careful and precise maintenance, so as to minimize the risk of errors during their calibration. Texa is aware of this and has recently put on the market a new tool designed for this purpose. The RCCS 3 available in versions with monitor (which uses a digital representation of the panels) and with panels (designed to accommodate physical targets). TEXA’s solutions guarantee vast handling possibilities through a simple, quick, precise adjustment and can be used both with the toe and thrust axis check kit and in the optical alignment mode.
RCCS 3 with monitor
RCCS 3 with Monitor is TEXA’s solution for setting radars, lidars, cameras and sensors through the digital representation of the panels. In fact, it is equipped with a 75-inch HD screen, 4K definition, which always offers an optimal display, meeting the 1:1 proportion ratio in line with the specifications of every manufacturer. Furthermore, it is important to highlight that it does not deform nor resize the images. This way workshops are sure to operate properly and safely, without the risking of altering the vehicle’s behaviour on the road. RCCS 3 communicates with the IDC5 software and, according to company sources, guides the mechanic, step-by-step, to a quick and automatic identification of the vehicle. Thanks to continuous software updates the number of new vehicles and new “virtual” panels keeps increasing, and the precious help sheets edited per make and model allow users to complete any operation with maximum precision and to the highest standard, relying on an extraordinary coverage. An integrated Mini PC, installed in the RCCS 3 version with monitor, then ensures the use of an intelligent system that synchronizes the IDC5 software and the Texa structure. RCCS 3 is composed of a main support adjustable electrically in height. By means of knobs it can be tilted laterally and frontally. A handwheel and laser level also allow minute movements to the side. Above the structure there is an additional laser level useful in finding the centre of the vehicle, simply by pointing it on the front logo. The horizontal adjustment bar is equipped with two spacers and a sliding reflective plate, the latter having a central laser for pointing the front radar. The panel is selected and set in the monitor, with no possibility of error.
Before any calibration, other than verifying the alignment of RCCS 3 with respect to the vehicle, it is important to also check the ride height of the vehicle you are working on. To this end, in order to offer an even more complete and professional service, RCCS 3, in both versions, can be equipped with four CCD electronic detectors that can be installed either on the wheels, using the rim-clamping system, or on the sides of the horizontal adjustment bar. The lightness of the detectors and the absence of connection cables between the front and the back, confer maximum practicality and absolute accuracy when measuring the angles. The high accuracy when checking the vehicle ride height is also guaranteed using the TOE AND THRUST ANGLE CHECK, the software application that allows carrying out two types of operations: a quick check of the alignment of RCCS 3 with respect to the vehicle’s thrust angle and to the workshop’s floor and checking the wheel toe. These procedures are essential for preparing the vehicle for the following camera and/or radar calibration phase.
RCCS 3 with optical alignment
Besides the version with toe and thrust axis check, RCCS 3 is also available with an optical alignment mode. This configuration uses wheel clamps and was designed to complete all the operations on radars and cameras quickly and precisely. In order to align the vehicle, two practical aiming bands are used, onto which the lasers of the two distance measurers on the unit’s main axis are addressed. TEXA’s solutions must be used in combination with the IDC5 diagnostic software that allows completing any operation quickly. In fact, the application provides specific diagnostic help sections for each make/model, with the instructions (such as panel height, distance from the vehicle, alignment, etc.) for the correct positioning of the unit, guiding you step-by-step throughout the procedures.