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Load settings

Load settings

Sometimes you might want to adjust the default load settings in order to better suit your requirements. The Load settings view can be accessed from the Setup view

General settings

Max calculation time

A number (defaults to 2), between 0 and 15 that sets the timeout for the load engine (in seconds). In general if you have multiple container types and many different cargo types a better result can be generated by increasing this number.

Second objective

Can be set to:

Minimize used length

Will try to minimize the loading meters and "push the cargoes against the back". This is the default when creating truck load plans. Minimize used length setting

Minimize used height

Will try to minimize the used height inside the container. Minimize used height setting

Error margin

A value in % (from -50 to 50) that describes how the dimensions of the cargoes should be interpreted.

If set to for example 10 - then a cargo that is 1x1x1 m will be enlarged so that its volume will be 1.1 m³. This might be useful if the cargo dimensions is not totally accurate.

In the same way if a value of -10 is provided then the cargo will be smaller than the provided dimension. This might be useful to simulate cargoes that can be "compressed" when loading by pushing and squeezing.

Load from bottom up

Will load the cargoes from floor and upwards. As an example - when loading a sea container you do sometimes want to load stacks of boxes - outwards towards the door. For pallets though you usually build layer by layer which is why this setting is set to true for air containers & pallets

Relating to the example found under Second objective setting, still using "Minimize used height" and "Load from bottom" to true the result will look like: Load from bottom

Max number of containers

The maximum number of used containers. Lets say you are planning an aircraft which has a certain number of slots for different containers - it might then be useful to use this setting to make sure we do not use more equipment than available.

Load containers in sets

This setting is especially interesting for trucks & trailers. Lets say that you want to load a truck set with a front and rear trailer, like the commonly used Superlink in Africa. Then enable this setting and the selected equipment will alternate like below: Superlinks loaded in sets

Allowed overhang

If you allow a cargo to not have full support from below you can change the allowed overhang setting. Setting it to 0 means all cargoes needs full support from below.

Heavier cargoes can be stacked on top of lighter ones

Usually a cargo weighing 100kg cannot be loaded on a cargo weighing 50kg. However a box weighing 5kg can usually be loaded on a box weighing 4 kg. There are different opinions on this so you can change it here to fit your requirements. It will likely affect the utilization.

This setting is set to true by default!

Try make big cargoes overhang on one side only

When loading out of gauge cargoes on sea containers it can be more cost effective to let the cargo hang over on one side instead of on both sides. Overhang cargo

Split items

By default the tool will try to load cargoes of the same kind (having a quantity of more than 1) close to each other. If you set the Split items option to true it means the tool often can achieve higher efficiency with the drawback that the load plan could become a bit "messy"

Item rules

Each item rule is defined by [Item][Condition] [Limit][In-Containers]

Cannot be loaded with items

If you have a cargo A that cannot be loaded together with cargo B - then this is the setting. Could as an example be used when the cargoes is classified as dangerous goods.

Cannot exceed quantity

Use this setting if you have a cargo A with quantity X but do not want to load more than Y pcs into each container


These settings only affect cargoes that has has a Group / Consignment ID set

Different consignments cannot be mixed in the same container

By default two different cargoes with different Consignment IDs can be loaded into the same container. This setting will load them in separate containers.

Consignments must be grouped together

Use this setting if you want to make sure the consignments does not get split up into different containers.

Note that if the consignments does not fit any of the selected equipment they will not be loaded and put under "Unloaded items"

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