Product Flows

This table is used within the Network Optimization experiment only. It allows you to configure sourcing parameters.

Column

Description

Label

Specify the name of the flow.

It must be a meaningful name since you will refer to it in the Custom constraints table.

Source

Defines the source of the products that the flow constraints will be defined for (DC, Factory, Supplier and groups containing them).

Double-click the cell and select the required facility from the drop-down list.

Expand Sources

Defines if the specified throughput level (Min ThroughputMax Throughput) is applied to each defined source (Enabled) or to the aggregated number of sources (Disabled). By default the aggregated number of sources is considered.

e.g. We specify a group of 4 sources. The Min Throughput value is set to 1000 items. If the Expand Sources is enabled, the specified throughput of 1000 items is provided by every source, which brings us to the total of 1000 * 4 = 4000 items. If the Expand Sources is disabled, the specified throughput stands for the total capability of all 4 sources, i.e. 1000 / 4.

Destination

Defines the Destination for the products that the flow constraints will be defined for (DC, Factory, Customer and groups containing them)

Double-click the cell and select the required facility from the drop-down list.

Expand Destination

Defines if the specified throughput level (Min ThroughputMax Throughput) is applied to each defined destination (Enabled) or to the aggregated number of destinations (Disabled). By default the aggregated number of destinations is considered.

e.g. We specify a group of 15 destinations. The Min Throughput value is set to 100 items. If the Expand Destinations is enabled, the specified throughput of 100 items will refer to each destination, totaling 100 * 15 = 1500 items. If the Expand Destinations is disabled, the specified throughput stands for the total capability of all 4 destinations, i.e. 100 / 4.

Vehicle Types

The vehicle type (previously defined vehicles in the Vehicle Types table) used for shipping products. Click to open a drop-down list with all the available vehicle types. You may select multiple vehicle types.

Note: If set, products will be shipped with the specified vehicle type only. Make sure to set  the selected vehicle type(s) for the corresponding Paths as well. 

Product

Defines the product or a group of products that the flow constraints will be defined for.

Expand Products

Defines if the specified product flow (Min ThroughputMax Throughput) is applied to each defined product (Enabled) or to the aggregated number of products (Disabled). By default the aggregated number of products is considered.

e.g. A source offers 2 types of products. The Min Throughput value is set to 1000 items. If the Expand Products is enabled, the specified 1000 items will refer to each type of a product, totaling 2000 items, otherwise it  will refer to the sum of all products.

Min Throughput

Sets the minimum throughput in items (or cubic meters) that the specified source (or a group of sources) can offer. By default the throughput is considered to be infinite.

Max Throughput

Sets the maximum throughput in items (or cubic meters) that the specified source (or a group of sources) can offer. By default the throughput is considered to be infinite.

Fixed

If enabled, the Fixed Value column is considered.

Fixed Value

Allows you to explicitly specify the throughput of the source/group of sources.

Product Unit

Specify the unit (of weight or volume) the product is measured in. The list of available units contains all the units that are currently used within the project as well as the units defined in the Units table that can be used in the current scenario only.

Down Penalty

Defines the penalty to be paid per product item (or per cubic meter) for dropping the throughput level below the specified Min Throughput level.

The penalty is calculated as: specified down penalty - summarized cost of the lacking products.

Up Penalty

Defines the penalty to be paid per product item (or per cubic meter) for exceeding the specified Max Throughput level.

The penalty is calculated as: specified up penalty - summarized cost of the excessive products.

Distance Limit

Sets the service distance. The customer, located farther than the specified service distance, will not be serviced, the orders placed by the customer will be still received, but they will be lost  (unless there is alternative sourcing for it).

Distance Unit

The Distance measurement units. 

Note: The list of available units comprises the units defined in the ALX settings.

Time Limit

Sets the delivery time limit. If it takes more time to deliver a product to the customer, than it is expected (time limit is violated), the customer will not be serviced, the orders placed by the customer will be still received, but they will be lost  (unless there is alternative sourcing for it).

Time Unit

The measurement unit that the Time Limit is measured in. 

Note: The list of available units comprises the units defined in the ALX settings.

Time Period

Defines the period of time (from the previously defined in the Periods table).

Double-click the corresponding row cell to choose among the available periods.

Inclusion Type

Defines the status of the current facility constraint.

  • Include - if this status is set, the facility constraint will be included into the supply chain configuration.
  • Exclude - if set, the facility constraint will be excluded from the supply chain configuration. If selected, the table record will be grayed out to denote the current inclusion type. The table record stays editable.
    Note: If you feel that your scenario contains too many objects marked as "Excluded" and you know that you no longer use them, you can instantly remove all such objects.

Constraints

[Visibly only if Compact view is enabled] Contains the hidden columns. Opens the dialog box, allowing you to edit the values of the hidden columns if necessary.

Configuring sourcing parameters

The table allows you to consider the source parameters for:

You may alter these combinations by clicking the toggle buttons in the Expand SourcesExpand Destination, Expand Products columns.

By default the throughput is expressed in items but when the following condition are met, the units automatically switch to cubic meters:

Note: The data in the columns will not be converted to the new measurement units. The same numbers will be expressed in cubic meters now.


 

Related topics

Expanding table records

 Compact view

 Detailed view