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May 02, 2013  |   Comments (0)   |   Post a comment

Choosing the right maintenance software for your facility

Each system brings a diverse set of functions to the school bus market, including inventory tracking and work order generation, and many are customizable to meet operations’ individual needs.

by Brittni Rubin


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Transfinder has introduced electronic vehicle inspection into Servicefinder, which enables users to report and archive defects, update odometer readings and review the complete history of their buses.
<p>Transfinder has introduced electronic vehicle inspection into Servicefinder, which enables users to report and archive defects, update odometer readings and review the complete history of their buses.</p>

Transfinder offers electronic vehicle inspection

Browser-based Servicefinder from Transfinder streamlines daily activities for operations. Users can manage parts inventories with precision, schedule technicians and repair jobs, coordinate bus availability, calculate and categorize garage costs, control worker overtime, and manage vehicle and equipment warranties. Updates are issued continuously through the web.

Transfinder recently introduced electronic vehicle inspection to its product, making the inspection process efficient and paperless, according to the company. This new feature gives drivers a portal to report and archive defects, update odometer readings and review the complete history of their buses.

“We want defects to go directly into our product so they can be monitored in real time,” says Antonio Civitella, CEO of Transfinder. “For our next generation of the product, we want to take it to a mobile device so technicians aren’t tethered to their computers.”


Trapeze Group system helps total workforce efficiency

The Trapeze Group produces several school transportation software systems that enable users to track real-time vehicle locations, keep parents and staff informed, manage school bus fleets and staff, and readily report on key indicators.

Trapeze FLEET, maintenance software for school districts, gives users a way to manage inventories, maintenance, purchasing and reporting.  
It also features parts data tracking and storage, unlimited user-defined service types for preventive maintenance scheduling and ways to track actual work performance for customer billing information.


With Tyler Technologies’ Versatrans Fleetvision, vehicle mileage and hour meter-based maintenance tasks are managed with the implementation of Dataspark and Zonar Systems’ electronic vehicle inspection report system. New information is transferred into the Fleetvision database, where work requests are created.
<p>With Tyler Technologies’ Versatrans Fleetvision, vehicle mileage and hour meter-based maintenance tasks are managed with the implementation of Dataspark and Zonar Systems’ electronic vehicle inspection report system. New information is transferred into the Fleetvision database, where work requests are created.</p>

Tyler Technologies prioritizes preventive maintenance

Tyler Technologies’ Versatrans Fleetvision places priority on preventive maintenance. The system’s updated “Today” screen informs shop personnel daily when vehicles are due or past due for maintenance.

Mileage and hour meter-based maintenance tasks are managed with the implementation of Dataspark and Zonar Systems’ Electronic Vehicle Inspection Report (EVIR) system. EVIR collects and organizes data, while Dataspark contacts the servers at user-defined intervals to check for new information. When the system finds new information, it’s immediately transferred into the Fleetvision database, where work requests are then automatically created.

The Tyler Pulse feature pulls valuable vehicle data from Fleetvision to use for district-wide analyses.

“The primary benefit is being able to look at the total cost of ownership of the vehicle,” says Ted Thien, senior vice president and general manager of Tyler Technologies’ Versatrans product line. “The system looks at how much a vehicle costs, appreciation and fuel consumption, and parts and labor. It’s not always as simple as ‘the oldest vehicle costs the most to maintain.’”


Zonar and TMW integrate technology for efficient fleet maintenance

Zonar Systems and TMW Systems recently integrated their technology to provide maintenance facilities with real time pre- and post-trip inspection results and remote vehicle diagnostics within TMW’s TMT Fleet Maintenance Software.

TMT software uses Zonar data to identify and prioritize repairs, pre-order parts, schedule services and automate work orders. The data fueling stems from two of Zonar’s solutions: EVIR and the V2J high-definition GPS and vehicle diagnostics system.

EVIR verifies pre- and post-trip inspections, identifies and reports defects and alerts users of noted defects. Instant notifications lead to quicker vehicle repairs and a decrease in on-road breakdowns, according to the companies.

The V2J high-definition GPS and vehicle diagnostics system provides next-generation capabilities combined with the real-time delivery of vehicle condition and performance data. Real-time vehicle data allows fleet managers to diagnose possible maintenance issues remotely before scheduling services.

Fleet managers can also create work orders, prioritize repairs, schedule repairs and order parts. EVIR users receive the inspection results within TMT software and can make informed decisions regarding vehicle health.

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