Introduction to Quick Pallet Maker
Quick Pallet Maker is an application that was designed to help the package designer create optimal box and pallet arrangements to fit more products into a pallet or container load, thus minimizing shipping costs. All of this while adhering to plant guidelines such as practical box proportions, maximum box weight, etc.
Quick Pallet Maker can use either standard box sizes and add slack accordingly or create new box dimensions as a function of the primary package dimensions. For users that already know their box dimensions, QPM offers an input window where the user enters box dimensions, making it even faster to obtain a result. Resulting pallets can be modified to accomodate more boxes within a layer or to shift layers to obtain greater stability. A container fill window permits loading boxes and/or pallets directly onto standard containers. Other functions include box compression calculations and inserting internal box dividers.
What does Quick Pallet Maker do?
Quick Pallet Maker provides guidance to a user that wishes to pack a product into boxes and then into a standard load size, be it a pallet or a container as the final package. The results provided by QPM try to reduce costs as much as possible while adhering to packaging specifications for load handling and safety.
If starting from primary package dimensions, Quick Pallet Maker takes the information that is available and builds different boxes that fit a number of packages. These boxes are then arranged into the pallet that the user specified to fit as many boxes as possible. If the user is dissatisfied with the resulting arrangements, he/she can try to shift the boxes to fit more or add slack to them for increased stability. Once the user picks a solution, this solution can be fit into a shipping container or exported to a wide variety of formats, including a palletizing animated movie. If the person wishes to fill a shipping container using boxes and/or pallets, QPM provides the means to do so directly.
The user can also choose to start from known box dimensions and calculate a new pallet arrangement. This saves time and allows the inclusion of different box sizes within the same shipping pallet.