Although loading operation is increasingly being automated with the rise of automation and robotic technologies, it is still mostly performed manually by experienced workers. Also, inefficient and unstable loads lead to logistics cost increase as more pallets/containers are needed. It also causes accidents or product damage during transport.
In this white paper, we’re going to look at Cello Loading Optimizer by Samsung SDS and how it can help innovate your distribution center (DC) operation.
What is Cello Loading Optimizer?
Cello Loading Optimizer is a solution designed to help find the most optimized way of loading considering various constraints.
In order to use this solution, you first need to define what to load (package information) and where to load (pallets, containers, trucks, etc.)
Package information including the dimensions (length, width and height), weight capacity, available loading directions, label location on a box, data on where to load including the length, width, height, maximum load height/weight and overhang limits of a pallet, container or truck are constrains Cello Loading Optimizer reflects.
Another important data you need to define is loading parameters such as how to lay boxes (block pattern, pinwheel, box inlay, etc.), how much contact area and non-contact area should be and more. Based on the defined data, Cello Loading Optimizer shows you multiple loading scenarios and suggests the most optimal one.
Another important data is loading parameters such as how to lay boxes (block pattern, pinwheel, box inlay, etc.), how much contact area and non-contact area should be and more. Based on the defined data, Cello Loading Optimizer shows you multiple loading scenarios and suggests the most optimal one.
Application Areas of Cello Loading Optimizer
In case of loading containers or trucks, it is important to have an optimal loading plan in place because the number of containers or trucks required can be significantly reduced depending on how you load, which leads to logistics cost reduction.
Workers have learned, by trial and error, ways to best perform loading work such as how to allocate shipments to keep the center of gravity close to the center so that the truck doesn’t roll over during transport. And now, these should be done seamlessly by a loading optimization solution. Cello Loading Optimizer enables you to improve load efficiency by boosting pallet density and load complicated shipments efficiently.
Cello Loading Optimizer also calculates what types of pallets and how many are needed. You can use this function when you do know the size and numbers of your shipments but you don’t know how many and what types of pallets you need to stack them. Furthermore, it gives an answer to what types of trucks and how many trucks you need to transport them.
In case of air cargo ULD containers, air carriers will charge rates by either the volumetric weight or the actual weight of the shipments, depending on which is more expensive, which is why you need to mix volumetric shipments and weight shipments together to minimize logistics costs. With Cello Loading Optimizer, you can load as many shipments as possible according to different shapes of air ULD containers.
Case Study of Cello Loading Optimizer
Company A (a furniture manufacturer) faced difficulties in palletizing. The issue was that it was handling a wide variety of items (e.g. parts of a drawer/closet/bed, assembled furniture, etc.), which made palletizing more difficult and to be dependent on experienced workers. Large or heavy furniture, too, made picking so complicated, and it required a lot of efforts to do picking efficiently.
To find out more about Cello Loading Optimizer of Samsung SDS, visit Cellologistics.com and download the white paper.