2 What is AutoLoaderT3? AutoLoaderT3 is a truck loading system: Uses expert rule-driven planning engine to load trailers Goal is to maximize load weight/cube and minimize loader effort Works in conjunction with WMS (Warehouse Management System)
3 What Can AutoLoaderT3 Do For Your Warehouse Operations? AutoLoaderT3: Reduces effort in loading trucks Supports better cube/weight utilization Saves money
5 Safe Rather Than Sorry Approach The complexity of “maxing” out a truck’s capacity has meant a safe rather than sorry approach. Shipper’s deliberately use “rules of thumb”, such as “a truckload is 44,000 lbs.” –Don’t know what tractor/trailer will be used –Loader expertise varies
6 Safe Rather Than Sorry Approach Need to be here
10 AutoLoaderT3 Makes the New Hire as Good as the Experienced Veteran Calculates weight/balance Configurable to the exact trailer which arrives at the dock and carrier tractors Ensures that loads fit into the assigned trailer
12 AutoLoaderT3 Increases Productivity Reduces planning time by eliminating thinking time Eliminates double handling by sequencing staging and retrieval Tries to have loaders pick up two items at once
13 AutoLoaderT3 Increases Productivity Groups items to minimize number of trips to staging and storage
16 AutoLoaderT3 Minimizes Damage Attempts to use forward locking to minimize transit damage
17 AutoLoaderT3 Reduces Overhangs “A” has no overhang if it is at the front of the trailer “B” has a partial overhang forwards, and a total overhang backwards “C”has no overhang forwards, and a partial overhang backwards “D” has no overhang forwards, but may have a total overhang backwards, depending on where the rear of the trailer is
18 AutoLoaderT3 Reduces Overhangs Since trucks can stop faster than they can start, a forwards overhang is worse for load stability than a backwards one
20 AutoLoaderT3 Meets Customer Requirements Supports unloading with a pallet jack–if necessary (upper pallets cannot be removed with a pallet jack, must use forklift) Supports varying laws on gross weight & axle weight. May need to be user-set based on trailer type (i.e. tandem axle may have 34,000 lb. limit, in some areas may be 36,000 lb.)
22 AutoLoaderT3 Meets Customer Requirements Tries to keep pallets for the same order together (may be multiple orders for the same stop)
23 AutoLoaderT3 Allows Loads To Be Maximized AutoLoaderT3 supports maximizing the utilization of expensive trailer capacity at 3 levels: Generic truck Carrier specific vehicle using carrier specific database of tractors and trailers (i.e. J.B. Hunt) Tractor/trailer specific Detailer setting, if desired, can be to the pin setting.
24 Case Study AutoLoaderT3 reduced transportation costs at a plant serving the Northeast U.S.