Quick Pallet Maker


QPM Version: 4 and above

In the following example, the user has a primary package with the following dimensions: 69 mm x 24 mm x 10 mm and needs to ship one million (1,000,000) of them in a 40' container. Each one of the products weighs 0.055 kg.
The first step for solving this problem is to open a new window starting from Primary Package dimensions. Example 04
Next, we open the "Load Multiple Packages" window so that we can set a finite amount of packages for the given shipment. Example 04
In this window, we will enter the dimensions and the amount of packages we will use and then click on "Add Package" button to include it in the list. Example 04
Once the package has been added to the list, we will click on "Done". Example 04
The primary package input window should appear with the top part greyed out as in the screenshot below. In this example, we will leave the default pallet and load dimensions, along with the box restrictions. Since no case count was specified, we will calculate the optimal count for this example. Example 04
The next part is to open the Advanced Input Options window. Example 04
And enter the data. In this case, we will vary the case count from 40 to 50 packs because we figured lower case counts wouldn't be very efficient and higher case counts would make the example longer. We want to order the results automatically by primary packages per pallet. Example 04
When we're done, we click on the "OK" button and the calculation commences. The time it takes will depend on your computer's speed. Example 04
When we obtain the list of pallets, we pick the second one because it ships the same amount of packs as the first (26,400) but it has a great area efficiency (and thus, greater stability). Example 04
The next step is to select the "Create Shipment" command from the Tools menu. Example 04
What QPM did was to copy the resulting pallet as many times as possible to fill the amount of packages (1,000,000) that we wanted to ship. In this case, we obtained 37 full pallets and 1 incomplete pallet (see screenshot). Example 04
The next step is to select all the pallets (including the incomplete on) and then "Fill Container". We will see a new window in which we have the 38 pallets in a list. Example 04
We select the first 37 pallets (i.e. all except the incomplete pallet) and click on the right button (ctrl+click on a Mac) on the table to group them. Example 04
Then we double-click on the amount cell in the incomplete pallet to change the amount to 1. Example 04
We also change the color of the incomplete pallet and change the container to 40' before calculating. Example 04
Finally, we click on the second tab of the Container Fill window and see how 1,000,032 objects fit into a 40' container. Example 04