Mitchell 1 has launched TruckLabor, a comprehensive labor time estimating product for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, during a press conference March 10 at the TMC Annual Meeting in Nashville.
According to Mitchell 1, TruckLabor will provide truck repair professionals access to mechanical labor times from a single source. With TruckLabor’s Standard Repair Times (SRTs), technicians, service writers and shop management will have instant access to the information they need to determine how long a repair will likely take for any medium- or heavy-duty truck, the company says. With this knowledge, Mitchell 1 says they can accurately determine when the vehicle can be back on the road and how to best manage shop workflow to optimize available capacity.
“We are very pleased to launch TruckLabor, a truly ground-breaking labor time estimating solution for the Class 4-8 truck market,” says Dave Costantino, director of Mitchell 1’s commercial vehicle group. “We’ve heard from many in the industry that this tool is needed, and we’ve committed significant development resources to make it a reality. This product is a great example of how Mitchell 1 listens to the market and continues to develop innovative solutions to help service professionals increase efficiency and accuracy.”
TruckLabor is a cloud-based system that launches from a desktop icon, and the company says labor time data is automatically updated and the shop’s latest estimates are auto-saved for quick retrieval. Using the system technicians always have access to the most current information available, and Mitchell 1 says their estimates are accurate and secure.
The program is said to guide a through the steps to quickly generate an estimate: Identify the vehicle by selecting a year/make/model or VIN, choose the labor operations and add parts if applicable, then print the estimate.
“This is pretty much like a work order,” adds Costantino, “it works like an old clipboard you were using.”
Mitchell 1 says key features of the new product include:
- Standard Repair Times for consistent and accurate estimates
- Coverage of all makes and models of Class 4-8 trucks, and all trucks from 1990 to present
- Estimator tool allows customization of labor rates for different customer types or service operations
- Automated labor data updates
- Saved estimates automatically organized in one location
- Content and technical support from Mitchell 1