Each cargo has a list of properties that can be assigned to it which may or may not affect the load plan. You assign properties in the 1. Data view
Name, Length, Width, Height and Weight should be quite straight forward.
If nothing else is specified a cargo can be loaded in its two base rotations:
Depending on values in this field - one of three different calculation modes will happen:
- If all rows has a quantity set, then the tool load the cargoes in as many containers as is necessary
- If no rows has a quantity set - then the tool will try to fit as much as possible into one of the selected containers.
- If some rows has a quantity set and some has not - then the tool will load the cargoes that has a quantity set in as many containers as needed - and then use the items that has no quantity set as "fillers"
If checked, then no cargo (including itself) is allowed to be put on top. The cargo itself is however allowed to be put on other cargoes which are stackable.
If checked then this cargo must be loaded at the bottom on the floor. If nothing else is specified then other cargoes can still be loaded on top of this cargo
The cargo can be rotated in any direction
The cargo can only be loaded in its lengthwise direction
If a layer option is provided for a cargo (a number) it means that this cargo can only be stacked up to a certain amount of times (layers). No other cargo can be stacked on this cargo if a layer option is set
The geometry of the cargo. By default it will be set to "Box".
It can also be "Pipe" which is a cylinder laying down. The Height and Width will be the diameter.
If set to "Drum" it will be a standing cylinder, and the Length and Width will be the diameter.
The color of a cargo. If no color is provided it will be set to a random color.
Extra information regarding the cargo which is available in the load plan
Different cargoes can belong to the same group / shipment / consignment. If you enter a ID (number or text) then cargoes with the same ID will be loaded together.
Note that by default cargoes with different group ID's will be loaded into different containers. If you want to allow cargoes with different ID's to be loaded into the same containers you can change this behaviour in the Load settings
If this cargo should be pre loaded on a pallet or box before being loaded into the container - check this to true
If a cargo needs to be loaded in a specific container type then double in this column and a new dialog will be shown where you can select the equipment.
If cargoes should be loaded in a particular order you can use the Priority column. Here we have three different cargoes with three different priorities.
A cargo with a higher priority will be loaded before a cargo with a lower priority
A distance around the cargo that will act as "free space". Enter a number here if your cargo needs extra room for lashings or other purposes
If cargoes has a profit number specified, and no cargoes has a quantity set then each container will be loaded in a way that maximizes the profit.