Quick Pallet Maker - Input Windows

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This page explains the elements present in the three different types of Quick Pallet Maker input windows; Starting from PP, Starting from box and Container Fill.

Starting from Primary Package

The start from Primary Package window contains all the information that is required to create boxes and pallet configurations from primary package dimensions. Besides the primary package data (top of the window), the user must enter the case construction information, case restrictions, shipping pallet data and load restrictions. Quick Pallet Maker has been designed so the user can fill the data from left to right and from top to bottom. The default values are based on real-life data and can be used to view the program's features by simply selecting "Recalculate" from the Tools menu.

Primary Package Information

Case Information

Standard Cases

This is an important feature of Quick Pallet Maker. The std. case option selects a case from a list that is similar in dimensions to the case that is produced from the Primary Package dimensions and uses it to replace the non-standard case. The standard case list can be edited by the user and contains the main boxes that the user wishes to work with, mainly based on company requirements or availability from box vendors.

Type Menu: When adding or editing standard cases in the Standard Cases and Pallets window, the user can define the type of box to discrminate quickly using this menu. The default value for the boxes in the list is "Box".

Std. Case Menu: This pull-down menu enables the user to select from:

Allowed compression and slack: The values in this section will define the range around the boxes that are produced by Quick Pallet Maker so the program can figure out if they match any of the cases that are included in the user's Std. case list. Compression should be used only when the product will not be damaged. For example, pillows and soft foam products. In all other cases, compression should be zero. Slack should only be used when the product will not be damaged due to movements within the box or when internal padding can be added.

Shipping Pallet Dimensions

In this section the user will specify the pallet type, dimensions and weight.

Load Properties (including shipping pallet)

This section contains the load dimensions and weight restrictions. Note that the maximum load dimensions update automatically when the shipping pallet is changed. It is also important to indicate that the user can calculate a load without a shipping pallet by introducing zero as the pallet dimensions (or creating a new null pallet) and specifying the internal dimensions of a containing device (e.g. a std. shipping container).

Starting from Box

The start from box window is a simplified version of the Primary Package input window that was explained previously. It is displayed when the user selects "Start from Box" from the New Document submenu of the File menu. It is a new feature that was introduced in QPM 2 to speed up the work process for those users that already know their box dimensions. Note that dividers are not available as they only affect the internal part of the box, which does not matter for this type of calculation.

Case Information

Box construction information.

Box Dimensions

This section is what makes this window different from the primary package window. Instead of calculating the box sizes from a primary package, the user types in the box external dimensions and the box weight. Pressing the "Add Box" button will write the box to the table at right and display a drawing of the box in the window at far right.

Shipping Pallet Dimensions

In this section the user will specify the pallet type, dimensions and weight. It performs the same function as the previous window. The only difference is that the user can check the "Try all standard pallets" box in order to create loads that use all the standard pallets in the list.

Load Properties (including shipping pallet)

This section serves the same purpose as in the primary package input window. Type the load data to calculate your boxes.

Selecting "Recalculate" from the Tools menu will provide the results for the data that was entered in the Input Window and move on to another window. If the data does not lead to any possible solution, the program will show an error message.

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