Tuesday, 24 May 2022 09:00

Hunter ADAS Equipment Enables PA Auto Body Shop to Calibrate Vehicles Accurately In-House

Written by Autobody News Staff
Chase Bond, a shop apprentice at Thomas E. Brown Auto Body Werks in Mechanicsburg, PA, uses the Hunter DAS 3000, powered by Bosch. Chase Bond, a shop apprentice at Thomas E. Brown Auto Body Werks in Mechanicsburg, PA, uses the Hunter DAS 3000, powered by Bosch.


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When repairing today’s vehicles, high-tech repair methods and tools are a requirement, according to Eric Shaffer, owner of Thomas E. Brown Auto Body Werks in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Thomas E. Brown Auto Body Werks
Location: Mechanicsburg, PA
(717) 691-3679
 Facebook: @TEBrowns
Instagram: @thomasebrowninc

Company At A Glance...
Type:  Collision Repair
Facility Employees: 10
In Business Since: 1960
Number of Locations: One
Production Space: 10,000 square feet

“Our mission is to serve customers with the highest level of integrity, workmanship and understanding as possible,” said Shaffer. “We strive to meet every customer’s unique needs, concerns and requests.”


Thomas E. Brown Auto Body Werks opened in Harrisburg, PA, in 1960. The business moved several times over the years and relocated to Mechanicsburg in 2009 to expand operations and better serve a growing clientele. As a previous employee, Shaffer had the opportunity to purchase the business six years ago.


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DAS 3000 has helped the shop repair vehicles more efficiently because they can be scanned and calibrated in-house.


Shaffer said his team takes pride in their reputation as a premier repair facility. He attributes this to being a certified shop and ensuring vehicles are repaired to their pre-existing condition. The business currently has two OEM certifications, Subaru and Volvo.


“By looking up OEM repair information, ensuring we are doing a proper and correct repair and the safety of our customers is No. 1, it helps us get better every day,” said Shaffer.


He said the quality of work at their facility is enhanced by having trained employees and using leading-edge, state-of-the-art tools and equipment that meet manufacturers’ repair standards.


“I like to buy equipment one time and not multiple times,” said Shaffer. “We lean toward anything that is proven in the industry.”


Although it might be a larger investment up front, he said it is worth having dependable products with longevity.


As more vehicles incorporate ADAS features, Shaffer recognizes the importance of scanning and calibration. Since proper alignment is essential for ADAS to work as intended, Shaffer was searching for an alignment system so technicians could do the work in-house and ensure the thrust and steering angles are properly aligned. He found many manufacturers require aligning the ADAS electronically when making mechanical alignment adjustments.


“We wanted to keep as much of the work in-house so we could control it,” he said. “We want to repair it back to its pre-loss condition and make sure customers and their families are safe.”


He learned about the Hunter ADAS equipment in 2021 and placed an order for the DAS 3000 ADAS Fixture, powered by Bosch.


“Hunter and Bosch did a nice collaboration to make...

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