It is important that everyone involved in the truck repair process speak the same language. It might sound obvious, but it’s easy to overlook how much time is saved when there is consistency between your fleet, service providers, and even OEMs.
It is for this exact reason that the Technology and Maintenance Council (TMC) of the American Trucking Associations (ATA) established the Vehicle Maintenance Report Standards (VMRS) in 1970, so that all maintenance codes speak the same language. , therefore, to say.
VMRS seeks to codify every maintenance job to eliminate confusion and ensure transparency of work performed on vehicles, regardless of where the work is performed.
Fleet repair shops that use VMRS enjoy some distinct advantages over those that do not. According to Kristy LaPage, Commercial Director of the Commercial Vehicle Group at Mitchell 1, those benefits start with profitability and efficiency.
âBeing able to easily capture all aspects in the workshop and on the vehicle is key to controlling operating costs,â she explains. âVMRS easily identifies issues going through your fleet using the coding method as opposed to reading and decrypting multiple ROs. “
LaPage adds that this eliminates the guessing game, allowing accurate decisions to be made on things like maintenance schedules and parts costs.
The collection of this information begins with the technician.
âIt’s important for a technician to have tools in the shop that allow him to do his job quickly and accurately. VMRS is one of those tools, âshe says.
This is why it is important to integrate VMRS directly into the software of your store.
Mitchell 1 announced this summer that it is adding VMRS codes to its TruckSeries truck repair software suite for Class 4 through 8 trucks.
Repair facilities using the TruckSeries quotation module will be able to easily map labor tasks to VMRS codes, giving the vehicle owner a clear and consistent record of repairs and overall costs for each truck in operation. VMRS codes are displayed automatically, eliminating the need to manually find the correct VMRS code for the job at hand.
âUsing the standardization provided by VMRS reduces time spent and eliminates the frustration of completing essential documents with manual VMRS searches,â explains LaPage. âWhen VMRS is integrated into your workshop software, it takes the load off the technician. An example of this integration can be found in the Mitchell 1 Job Guide. Mitchell 1 mapped the VMRS code to the various job operations, leaving only the failure code for the technician to complete. Now quotes and repair orders can be VMRS coded while the shop and technician work as they always have, without having to refer to complicated searches to report the services they perform.
If a store uses the Mitchell 1 warehouse management system, Manager SE TruckEdition, the code is automatically stored with the repair order.
If you have never used VMRS in your stores before, you might be wondering what you need to know to get started and use it properly. An important resource is, of course, the TMC.
âFrom researching and learning the system to implementation, TMC is a partner and resource you’ll be happy to have,â says LaPage.
âIn addition, while VMRS encoding provides the ability to have standardization for reports, ease of use is essential. If a technician has trouble researching or deciding on the right code to use, records can quickly become less useful, âshe says, adding that this leads to aâ bin, in, out âsystem that your store will naturally want. to avoid.
To learn more and get a free TruckSeries demo, visit Mitchell 1.