Planning rail car loads

The tool is made for the loading of a rail car with softwood of various dimensions. When a load contains products of the same quality, thickness and width, but different lengths, loading becomes more complicated. 

This tool allows planners to quickly calculate the optimal load of bundles when lengths are different.  The objective is to maximise the space used in the car, so that it is filled to capacity.


Using the tool :

  1. Indicate the length of the car.  The bundles will be loaded to fill the car as much as possible.
  2. Indicate the number of bundles.  For example, you could say that you have seven bundles of different lengths.
  3. For each separate bundle, indicate its length and the number of bundles of this length to load.  You need to indicate lengths in ascending order.
  4. Click on the button “Plan load” to start the planning tool.


Reading the results 

Each line represents the maximum load for each row in the rail car.  Therefore, you will know the number of bundles to place in each row in function of their length.  The Total column represents the length used by the bundles in the row.


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