Arsenault’s Dossier Version 4.6 includes tire management option

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Arsenault Associates has released Dossier Version 4.6, the latest feature-rich edition of its maintenance management software. The company says the new version of Dossier includes hundreds of software upgrades and enhancements, as well as three innovative new modules, including the Dossier Tire Management System.

No keyboard data entry is necessary after initial setup. the company says; the tire module gathers readings via the Dossier Tire Probe, a new automated technology that quickly and easily measures tire air pressure and tread depth. The information is sent via Bluetooth wireless to Pocket Dossier (on a handheld PDA), which then updates the Dossier fleet maintenance software via high-speed wireless in real time.

“The Dossier Tire Management System within Dossier Version 4.6 is a major step forward for our customers and for the industry, which has talked about tire management for years but has accomplished little,” says Charles Arsenault, chief executive officer of the Burlington, N.J.-based company. “Some new tire technologies have been introduced, but Dossier Tire Management is the first practical and affordable system. It takes a holistic approach to tire management and provides significant, measurable returns for a reasonable investment in time and effort.”

Also new with Dossier 4.6 are Dossier On-Board and External Work Management, both of which the company says are optional modules:

  • Dossier Onboard is an integrated GPS and telematics solution in cooperation with Arsenault’s partner, Networkcar. It delivers vehicle data, fault codes and driver performance reports to the Fleet Manager wirelessly in real time as the vehicle is on the road. Key maintenance data such as fault codes and current mile and hour meter readings are imported automatically into Dossier, which then can flag evolving problems before they become critical, and update PM schedules automatically.
  • The External Work Management module enables efficient oversight and control of service and repairs performed by outside vendors and allows for importing repair orders and invoice documents, eliminating data entry and the potential for errors.
  • Beyond the new modules, the company says Dossier 4.6 has been enhanced to function smoothly with other business software, providing seamless throughput to accounting programs, for example, and allowing additional user-defined accounting and corporate codes. VMRS, a vehicle maintenance reporting system, has been updated with 6,000 new codes and four new systems. Many other enhancements have been made to Dossier functions and reports.

    “We listen carefully to our customers and to the Dossier Users Group,” says Bob Hausler, the company’s vice president of marketing and technology. “They drive the ideas that keep Dossier at the head of the pack. It’s all about making fleet maintenance easier, more efficient and adding to the bottom line.”