Snap-on Equipment - The Innovation Company
Snap-on Equipment is the world’s largest automotive wheel service equipment company. We offer a wide range of technologically-superior automotive wheel service equipment, including Wheel Aligners, Wheel Balancers, Tire Changers, Brake Lathes, Alignment and General Purpose Lifts. When it comes to Quality, It has to be Snap-on Equipment!
Our Mission: To be the most valued productivity solutions in the world!
State-of-the-Art Training Facility
The Jack D. Michaels Training Center located at Snap-on Equipment offers training on automotive service equipment, customer service and effective sales strategies. Classes are available to direct sales agents, distributors and end-users of Snap-on Equipment Products worldwide. The state-of-the-art facility includes classrooms equipped with the latest computer technology, an expansive service training area and an engineering lab.
The training center operates 42 weeks a year with classes accommodating up to 20 trainees per session.
Snap-on Equipment’s heritage began with a retired inventor named John Bean, and his founding of the John Bean Spray Pump in 1904.
John Bean was a pioneer in innovative technologies to meet the growing demands of the ever-growing automotive industry. During the early 1900’s John Bean’s state-of-the-art pressure pumps were often used as portable fire fighting pumps. The mounting of John Bean pumps on trucks led to the first fire trucks.
However, the added weight to the vehicle adversely affected the truck’s wheel alignment causing excessive tire wear. In 1925, John Bean engineers designed a dedicated mechanical alignment machine that could diagnose alignment problems and help to align the early John Bean fire trucks, and by 1932 this new alignment machine was being marketed broadly under the John Bean brand name.
John Bean engineers continued to innovate and in 1934 introduced the first dynamic wheel balancer.
In 1947, the John Bean Visualiner became the first optically based alignment system in the world and quickly became the standard of the industry.
The Visualiner II in 1984 marked the first successful application of optical measuring heads with a CRT computer aligner. Our engineers were also the first to develop operator self-calibration for both wheel aligners and wheel balancers.
In 1987 the John Bean Signature Series model 9909 became the first alignment machine with built-in training systems for the operator. The company’s engineers continued to be at the forefront in developing and applying new technologies to the wheel service equipment industry.
The Snap-on innovative heritage continues to bring the world’s most valued productivity solutions to market, an example being the seven years of intensive research and development that resulted in the introduction of three-dimensional Imaging Alignment technology using digital cameras and high speed computing. This innovation has completely revolutionized Wheel Alignment service. Our Imaging Alignment technology allows today’s technician to obtain alignment readings in under 2 minutes! The tradition of being the first to apply new technologies to meet the needs of the automotive service industry is as alive today as it was in 1925 when John Bean introduced the world’s first wheel aligner.
John Bean Industry Firsts!
- First Wheel Aligner
- First Dynamic Wheel Balancer
- First Computer Optical Aligner
- First Cordless Measuring Sensors
- First Built-in Operator Video Training
- First Use of Color CRT
- First Use of CD-ROM
- First Use of Animated Color Graphics
- First Pre-Wired Alignment Lifts
- First Preventative Maintenance Program
- First use of 3D Imaging Technology for Aligning
- First to Use True 32 Bit Windows Aligning Software