Packing Optimization

 
  • Introduction
  • Challenges
  • Solutions
  • Benefits
  • Features
  • More

Introduction

The container packaging optimization is most relevant to people from the following industries:

  • Cargo Handling (Road, Air, Ship)
  • Freight Forwarding Companies
  • Retailers (for Warehouse operations)
  • Logistics
  • Crafting and packing services

Challenges

The most basic rule of being cost competitive in this line of business is to utilize your carrier containers to the fullest. More units of goods packed in a single shipment translate into lesser costs of transportation for both ends of the supply chain. Filling the container to its full capacity is constrained by many other requirements, such as:

    • Carriage vehicle type
    • Weight and Volume restrictions for the container
    • Orientation and placement constraints for different boxes, pallets etc.
    • Crushability factors for different packages
    • Stacking rules
    • Unloading sequence
    • Container loading direction
    • Changing ergonomics of man-machine movement as the container is filled
    • Overall weight distribution for the container/truck
    • and many more.

All these constraints make it very challenging to produce optimal packaging plans manually. Using computational tools to find solutions to these type of optimization problems not only improves your packaging efficiencies, but also reduces the planning time required for such an exercise.

Solutions

The salient features of the OCPO software include;

  • Integration with all major ERPs
  • Capability to directly import (export) data to (and from) MS-Excel.
  • Easy to learn and use
  • Intuitive GUI
  • Capability to manually override the software’s load plan to match as required by the user
  • Indicate critical areas in respect to cargo weight distribution, e.g. with respect to truck axle
  • Compatible with Win-XP, Win-Vista and Win-7 OS versions
  • Available as Software-as-a-service (SaaS) for small and medium enterprises, which requires no upfront investment and charged based on usage only.

Benifits

The OCPO is a software solution offers the following benefits:

  • Improves container packaging efficiency
  • Generates packaging plans which are safe during loading as well as unloading
  • Rreduces product damage
  • Reduces docking time at customer ends
  • Reduces the time to generate loading plans
  • Ascertain the optimal container size
  • Quickly generates pictorial/3D-perspective loading-plans which act as an easy to understand step-by-step instruction set for the loading personnel.
 
 
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