VMRS was developed to establish a standard coding convention for universally tracking equipment and maintenance costs and functions. In other words, it was intended to be the shorthand of maintenance reporting.
The purpose of VMRS has been to provide a vital communication link between maintenance personnel, computers and management. It puts everyone on the same page and speaking the same language.
The VMRS codes help eliminate the need for extensive written communications with all the inherent problems of miscommunication normally associated with the written word.
VMRS has expanded over the years from primarily fleet use to now include OEMs, parts manufacturers and suppliers. The coding structure encompasses most equipment found within today’s transportation activities, including trucks, tractors, trailers, forklifts, shop equipment, off-road vehicles and utility vehicles.
If it needs maintenance, VMRS can help.
VMRS contains codes for developing the equipment birth certificate, labor operations and warranty repairs, as well as recording part usage. These codes provide a sound basis for budget preparation and forecasting based on fleet mix, projected utilization and historic performance.
VMRS helps control costs by providing detailed records of where monies were spent, at which point in the life of a piece of equipment repairs were performed and details the expenses incurred in the supporting activity. Simply put, VMRS codes will show you the maintenance money.
VMRS also helps an organization determine the effectiveness of its PM program.
Are PMs being performed too often or not often enough? Should PM intervals be modified based on specific failures reported through maintenance reporting and not on anecdotal information? What staffing is required to perform PMs? VMRS provides the answers.
The codes for PMs are found in Code Key 15: Work Accomplished, along with more than 40 defined codes used to describe the work performed or completed by technicians.
Any size fleet can benefit by implementing the VMRS codes into their daily maintenance routine. VMRS codes help track labor distribution covering both direct and indirect labor.
VMRS provides complete details as to parts use, and identifies which part should be inventoried and which should be procured on an as-needed basis.
These are just a few of the benefits using VMRS brings to equipment repairs and maintenance.
There are several ways a fleet can get started using VMRS. First and foremost is to contact the staff at the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) to discuss your maintenance needs, as this will make the implementation go much smoother.
Many people have preconceived notions about VMRS. A discussion with the TMC staff will help dispel any wrong ideas.
VMRS is licensed exclusively by the TMC of the American Trucking Associations, the largest national trade association for the trucking industry. There are currently three types of license agreements: Single User, Enterprise and Developer.
- The Single User is for the casual user for use on a single computer workstation. The materials may not be used by more than one user on a computer network.
- The Enterprise License is for use by multiple users within the enterprise. The user may place the materials on a computer network within the workplace.
- The Developer License is intended for use solely as part of another product, such as part of maintenance software.
Maintenance software became an integral part of the fleet world in the late 1990s and VMRS was the perfect fit. The VMRS codes enabled software firms to enhance their products with a ready-made maintenance language.
The codes were readily accepted by fleet users and became an important part of their daily maintenance routine. VMRS was a seamless inclusion for maintenance software. In fact, many fleets are using software and not realizing they are using VMRS.