It's Best When Everyone Is Talking The Same Lingo

VMRS is a communication tool for maintenance professionals.

VMRS creates a single process to document when, why and how maintenance is performed on equipment. It will improve parts inventory control and identify where money is spent. VMRS provides a logical, easy-to-use maintenance language that ties together all the operational information a fleet needs.

The power of VMRS is its ability to connect all parties within the equipment repair ecosystem. VMRS has been a powerful tool for over 35 years and continues to evolve to keep maintenance departments as efficient as possible.



How many different ways can a technician describe tasks on a repair order? As many ways as there are technicians. That’s why it can be difficult to extract consistent data from vehicle repair orders to generate maintenance cost reports.

VMRS simplifies the process by ensuring industry standard codes are used to alpha-numerically describe maintenance functions consistently and accurately. For example, consider the following alphanumeric characters and Code Keys: 03 043-001-053 FRGHT 64 01 02 01.

03 - Shows that the work has been done with a replaced or new part.

043-00-503 - This is the Component Code. The first three numbers define a system on a piece of equipment. In this case, 043 is the exhaust system. The second three digits represent the assembly within a given system; 001 is the exhaust aftertreatment device. The complete nine-digit number is the exact component, in this case the diesel particulate filter.

FRGHT - Indicates that the piece of equipment is a Freightliner.

64 - Designates the filter was plugged.

01 - Specifies a breakdown.

02 - Denotes a non-scheduled repair.

01 - Shows the repair facility.

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Jack Poster is VMRS services manager for the Technology & Maintenance Council of the American Trucking Associations. He has worked in the transportation industry for more then 30 years, beginning at his family-owned Chrysler-Plymouth agency in Western Pennsylvania. He later went to work for Merchant’s Tire & Auto and then took a position with Mancon Inc., a parts procurement firm for the Virginia Department of Transportation. In 2007, he became TMC’s caretaker of the VMRS coding convention, working with fleets, OEMs, software firms and all users of VMRS to ensure the integrity of the codes.

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