The purpose of this example is to show how Quick Pallet Maker can be used for creating pallets with multiple boxes that are packed on their most stable side even if that implies laying the narrow box on its side.
Open a new document window starting from box on File > New Data Sheet > Start from Box
Set the units to inches and pounds on Tools > Units > in/lbs
Select the CHEP pallet 48x40 in on Pallet Dimensions
menu and set the maximum load height to 60 inches on Max Load Dimensions
If you browse through the boxes you can select some that are quite narrow to place them right-side-up and you should also notice that all the checkbox on Dimensions Allowed Vertical to Pallet
are checked, therefore they can be placed on any of their sides.
Go to Tools
> Pallets Actions
> Generate Stable Pallets
, this feature suggests the type of placement that the boxes should have in order to make the pallet as stable as possible. This operation uses the default case ratio constraints to determine whether a box placed in one direction is too narrow or too tall.
Now, when you scan through the boxes, you will notice that some of them will be allowed to be laid on their sides (i.e. with length or width vertical to the pallet height) while they will be constrained to be placed upright. The purpose of this is to avoid having the boxes topple during pallet transportation.
: it is important to know beforehand if the boxes can be placed on their sides in the first place. If not, then the checkboxes for those cases need to be unselected manually.
Use Calculate Multiple Boxes
option from the Tools
menu to obtain a pallet with multiple size boxes.
: if you need to move boxes you can use the Layer Editor
. To know more about this feature, please visit: Using The Layer Editor