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Companies collaborate on new tool that combines diagnostic scanning, calibration and estimating

MD-500 simplifies processes by incorporating Bosch’s vehicle coverage and hardware with the ability to run Mitchell’s full suite of cloud-based solutions

San Diego—Mitchell and Bosch introduced the MD-500 this week, a new wireless tablet that technicians can use to more efficiently manage the repair process. The MD-500 is the latest addition to the Mitchell Diagnostics product suite and is featured at this week’s Mitchell mPower Conference. Product availability is expected before the end of the year.

As vehicle complexity increases, collision repairers must quickly and accurately assess damage, complete the appraisal and perform the necessary repair work. The MD-500 simplifies the process by incorporating Bosch’s vehicle coverage and hardware with the ability to run Mitchell’s full suite of cloud-based solutions, including Mitchell Cloud Estimating and its Integrated Repair Procedures.

Using the all-in-one tool, technicians can receive assignments, perform pre- and post-scans, write estimates, link directly to OEM repair procedures based on the Diagnostic Trouble Codes (DTCs), and automatically upload scan reports or photos.

“Being able to use one device to do scans, complete estimates, capture photos and access repair procedures will save our team so much time at vehicle teardown,” said Ben Clymer Jr., owner of Ben Clymer’s The Body Shop, a five-location MSO in Southern California.

Brett Clymer, also an owner, added, “When repairs are complete, the MD-500 capabilities for resetting systems and performing dynamic ADAS calibrations without per-vehicle fees mean that we’ll reduce cycle time and improve our bottom line.”

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