Loading and Unloading Gates

Every facility has its loading and unloading gates that arriving/departing trucks visit. The process of loading/unloading occupies certain time, which results in time delay that needs to be considered in a supply chain. Use this table to simulate the actual delay by creating the required number of loading/unloading gates at the required facility of your supply chain.

Note: It is obligatory to specify the type of the vehicle that is used to transfer products, since no order will dispatch on its own through the gates.

Column

Description

Name

Name of the gate. Specify a meaningful name here.

Facility

Defines the site that the loading/unloading gates belong to. It can be of a DC, Factory, Supplier or Customer type.

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

Type

Defines the type of the gate the specified in the Facility column site/customer has:

  • Loading gate - processes the departing trucks (loads the truck with the required orders)
  • Unloading gate - processes the arriving trucks (unloads the truck)
  • Multifunctional gate - may load/unload trucks

Vehicle Type

Specify the type of vehicles. The specified vehicle type's characteristics will affect the processing time. 

Number of Gates

Specifies the quantity of the loading/unloading areas at the specified in the Facility column site/customer.

Units

Defines the unit that requires the specified Processing Time to be processed:

Note: The list of available units comprises the units defined in the ALX Preferences (as well as the weight and volume units defined in the Units table).

  • pcs - one product unit
  • m3 - one cubic meter
  • kg - one kilogram of a product
  • Order - one order
  • Shipment - one shipment. A shipment is an entity containing more than one order. This might be in case of an FTL policy or a Milk run.
  • Vehicle - vehicle type

Processing Time

Specifies the time required to process the unit of measurement specified in the Units column.

Note: The value can be either fixed or stochastic (defined by a probability distribution). For details on providing fixed or stochastic value refer to this section.

Time unit

Specify the time unit that the Processing Time is expressed in.

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



 

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