The purpose of this tutorial is to explain how Quick Pallet Maker can be used for calculating carton and master pack dimensions for a four layer packaging system:
- Primary Package
- Master Carton
Open a new document window starting from primary package on File
> New Data Sheet
> Start from Primary Package
. Enter the dimensions of the first package:
- Package Shape: rectangular
- External Dimensions 2x1.5x3 in.
- Weight: 0.05 lbs.
- Dimensions Allowed Vertical to Pallet: height.
- Case Count: 12 packs per carton.
Since you will not pack these small cartons onto pallets, it is irrelevant which pallet constraints you use. This package will go into the carton and then into the master case.
Then go to Tools
, this option should bring you to the Available Solutions
window in which you will find a list of boxes on the right and a list of pallets on the bottom. This will allow you to see the cartons that have been created for placement into larger master cartons. If you want to change the box view just click on the drawing.
From the six cartons to the right, we will choose the ones with different dimensions to avoid rework. Use these cartons again as primary packages and calculate them all at once. For that, you will need to open a New Data Sheet
> Start from PP
Then, open the Load Multiple Packages
window under the Tools
menu which is where you can enter and calculate more than one primary package at a time. Drag and drop the five boxes selected on the previous step to the Load Multiple Packages
window. You can change the packages colors for better differentiation clicking on the color boxes. Once you have finished click Done
What you have now is a primary package input window in which you have stored five cartons that will be calculated as primary packages into master cartons. The top part is grayed out. Now you will enter the carton-in-master carton info. The new Case Count
is 24 and we will use a 48x40 pallet to place them.
After selecting Recalculate
under the Tools
menu, you obtain a new solution window with cartons in master cartons in pallets. The pallet list is considerably large since we started by calculating all of the possible master cartons for five different carton sizes.
The most easiest way to order the items to pick a good one is by going to Power Sort
from the Tools
menu and choosing the Sorting Criteria
as Total Primary Packages per Pallet
Select the first pallet and go to Detailed Report
from the Window
menu. The report window will display the carton information in the space made available for the primary packages. You can either print the report or export the report graphics using the appropriate option from the File