Status of Rental Items

A key component in managing a fleet of rental items is to be able to trace the status of various equipment and serialized items.  The rental module of EBMS gives the user the tools to trace the rentals through the following rental status modes:

  1. Reserved - this step is used to reserve rental equipment for a specific date and time. This step can be ignored if reservations were not made or if the reservation and checkout were done at the same time.

  2. Checked Out - A rental contract is generated at the time the rental equipment is checked out by the customer. The rental contract is printed during this step. Additional consumables can be added to the contract at checkout. Review the Reserving and Checking Out a Rental section for details on this step.

  3. Returned - The equipment within a contract should be processed as returned when the customer returns the equipment. This will cause the equipment status to immediately be changed to Available for Rent or Sale so the item can be rented to another customer. Review the Returning and Invoicing a Rental for more details on this step.

  4. Invoiced - An invoice for the rental is created from the rental contract for billing. The customer can be billed periodically for items that are rented for an extended amount of time. Review the Billing a Rental for more details on this status.

The status of the rental equipment can be as follows:

Serialized Item List

The status of the equipment can be viewed within the Serial Numbers tab of any rental service item. This tab allows the user to view the status of all the equipment that is linked to the specific rental service code.

Open a rental service item classified as rental from the product catalog and click on the Serial Numbers tab as shown below:

Set the View option as All to view all the equipment available within the rental item.

Equipment is connected to the rental service item using one of the following methods:

  1. Open the inventory item that contains the equipment that is available for sale. This should be the inventory code you use when you sell the stock items.

  2. Select the desired unit based on the Serial Number and click on Properties to open the following dialog:

  3. Click on the Change Item button to the right of the Inventory ID.

  4. Select the rental equipment Inventory Item from the transfer item dialog. Review the Getting Started > Entering Rental Equipment section for more details on rental equipment codes. Enter the Date for the inventory transfer general ledger transactions and click OK.

  5. The user may wish to change the description of the item to reflect the fact that it is being rented.

Non-serialized items can be moved to a rental item using the expense invoice or the manufacturing dialog.