As such it uses so called heuristic algorithms which is efficient way how to process number of combinaton in reasonable time, but as there are many combinations for each shipment and almost every shipment is different, such an algorithm can’t bring the best results each and every time.
Therefore it’s a good habit to play with the setup of the parameters and also to have a good understanding of them. It takes some time, but it’s worth.
Here are few tips:
- If your cargo can be turned in all axises, try to change it for rotation around Y axis only or even disable turning completely. You can get better results at the end.
- When your cargo is stackable, pay attention to stackability weight limit. Stack weight limit says, what can be max sum weight of boxes put on top of stackable box. If set to zero, there is no limitation. If set too low, your container may not be loaded efficiently.
- Priority or Group parameters can also greatly affect loading effectiveness. If you change priority (order) in which boxes should be loaded, you can get much different results too. Also grouping means, that only cargo of the same priority will be put together into one container no boxes of different priorities.
- Shipment mark defines customer. If you have e.g. LCL business and you need to load cargo of three customers into one container and this will be unloaded in three different destination, you have to do loading also in specific order not to mix cargo up and set three shipment marks with its cargo split according to a shipment marks.
- If you have a project consisting few big pieces of cargo, try manual mode. I believe, human’s brain is still the best. :)