The Repair Shop's Best Friend

Fleets are always looking for new tools and processes that will help them save time and money in their repair shops. Paperwork starts to pile up, the computers get harder to navigate, the technician has the wrong parts, there is a feeling of frustration. Shop managers and technicians have to work together to make sure the fleet is operating efficiently. There is an easier way to communicate; VMRS 2000 offers the tried and true method that can lead to efficiency in today’s repair facility. VMRS 2000 offers the tools to establish the lines of communication in any maintenance facility.


Established in 1970, VMRS 2000 has been the standard language used by fleets in operating repair facilities. It was developed to provide a link between the shop floor and those in maintenance management. VMRS 2000 provides the discipline necessary for different segments of equipment maintenance to communicate, eliminating the need for extensive written communication. The language of VMRS 2000 will help save a technician time when filling out any type of repair order. Whether entering a reason for repair or a part failure code a technician will appreciate the concise descriptions provided by VMRS 2000. VMRS 2000 was designed for use on the shop floor and has been helping shops stay productive for many years.


VMRS 2000 is the ingredient that makes fleet maintenance better. Better communication, better inventories, better PMs, better warranty claims and most of all better business sense and profits. VMRS 2000 is a coding convention made up of over 60 code keys or chapters. Each code key (code set) contains precise codes describing a fleet’s equipment, labor performed and parts used. VMRS 2000 uses this coding system in place of the written word, just as the postal service uses zip codes and the phone company uses area codes to describe certain geographic areas. By adopting VMRS 2000, a fleet with one or multiple locations can easily communicate, producing consistent reporting.

VMRS 2000 is much more than numbers—it’s a standard method of recording daily fleet maintenance operations. A technician saves time completing a repair order by cutting down on the time spent writing labor and part descriptions. VMRS 2000 contains the codes needed to help a technician or shop manager complete a repair order in a standard fashion. VMRS 2000 brings consistency to any maintenance operation by using a universal repair language. Gone are the days of confusing labor descriptions and using different descriptions for the parts used. VMRS 2000 cuts through the jargon that can hinder many fleets’ maintenance operations. VMRS 2000 is the known advantage in collecting maintenance information.

Fleet managers and technicians will appreciate the clarity and structure of VMRS 2000. It has been the universal repair language used by many OE manufacturers and fleets for some time. Major software firms include VMRS 2000 in their coding structure, allowing fleets to benchmark their repair data. VMRS 2000 can help speed up the repair order process, it can cut the time spent doing paperwork, it can be that extra advantage in any shop.


VMRS 2000 contains several coding methods that can assist a shop manger in accessing technician production. Code Key 15 is the code set for recording “work accomplished” that can compare work completed by technicians repairing any type of vehicle. Other codes in the set can record numerous labor methods including PM schedules. A shop manager can fine tune a report of the labor performed by using a standard language to describe the work accomplished. VMRS 2000 creates a labor language that is concise and easy to use. It makes the process of comparing a technician’s labor fair and equitable.

There are many labor activities performed by technicians that are not charged against a specific piece of equipment, but VMRS 2000 contains a labor code key set to record such activities. Code Key 19 is the set that contains over 60 indirect labor activity codes. For example, there are codes for fueling, parts pickup, moving equipment, even a code for travel time. It is important that a shop manager record all work performed for auditing and insurance purposes. VMRS 2000 contains the labor coding needed to satisfy most recognized accounting disciplines.

The code set in VMRS 2000 for tracking component failures is Code Key 18 or the “technician failure code.” VMRS 2000 uses over 90 codes to describe the apparent failure of a part as determined by the technician or shop manager. The codes describe failures such as cracked, bent, leaking and worn, to name a few. By using the standard language in VMRS 2000 a shop manager can run precise reports of why a part failed. The codes are designed to be brief and precise, allowing a shop manager to compare part failures from varying manufacturers. VMRS 2000 makes it easier for managers to compare and contrast their part usage by using standard descriptions.


Comparing component performance can be difficult considering all the different ways to describe a single part. When you factor in the numerous part numbers, obtaining a viable report can be quite difficult. VMRS 2000 contains over 22,000 standard component descriptions in Code Key 33 with new codes being added to reflect the latest technologies. VMRS 2000 contains the codes and standards that level the playing field for technicians and managers looking for meaningful reports. The codes in VMRS 2000 contain the consistency and clarity that fleets need to produce an accurate picture of their maintenance operation. VMRS 2000 is the proven method that saves any fleet time and money.

To find out more about VMRS 2000, version 1.05, contact Jack Poster at 703-838-7928 or You can order any VMRS 2000 product through the ATA Marketplace at 800-828-5463, or