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Automotive Repair Facility Software Method

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000121660D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 62K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hull, RC: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for generation and control of estimates, repair orders, and invoices for an automotive repair facility using a computing system.

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Automotive Repair Facility Software Method

      Disclosed is a method for generation and control of
estimates, repair orders, and invoices for an automotive repair
facility using a computing system.

      The method disclosed replaces manual handling and control of
written or printed documents with control utilizing a computing
system.

      A typical primary screen associated with this method is shown
in the attached figure.  For ease of explanation, use of a computer
"mouse" is assumed.  The system can be described as follows:
1.  Categories, such as open, in process, and complete, appear in
columns on the computer display.
2.  Estimates, repair orders, and invoices appear as boxes under each
category.
3.  Each box contains basic information, such as a control number,
customer name, vehicle type, etc.
4.  Near the top of each category is a box indicating the quantity of
items in that category.
5.  A box labeled "MORE" at the bottom of a category indicates that
additional items exist off the screen.  Pointing and clicking this
box with the mouse will bring those items to the screen.
6.  Other boxes at the right of the screen provide additional
facilities, such as date selection, a help facility, etc.
7.  Pointing and clicking the mouse at a particular estimate, repair
order, or invoice box will bring details of that item to the screen
for review, changes, deletions, or addition.
8.  To move an item from one category to another, the appropriate
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