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PackAssistant

At a glance

Making the best use of container space can save both transportation and storage costs. One simply needs to find the right way to arrange the objects to be packed in the available container space. Experienced packing planners usually spend a lot of time meticulously arranging and packing parts with complex shapes but, nevertheless, they will not, in most cases, achieve the same packing density as realized with ­PackAssistant.

The PackAssistant software calculates the optimal packing arrangement of identical parts in standard containers by using 3D designs (CAD). This also works for parts with complex shapes, as the software will identify and take the individual shape of the object into account.

Benefit

PackAssistant saves time and money through

  • optimal container utilization
  • avoiding time-consuming packing tests
  • allowing early-stage transport, container and storage planning
  • providing a key support tool for creation of quotes and tenders

Saving Potential

Reduction of transport costs
PackAssistant users have improved the packing density of containers by up to 25 percent. This improvement also has a positive effect on other areas in the whole logistic chain: fewer containers means reduced storage space needed and lower transportation and handling costs.

Save time by improved planning
PackAssistant not only enables you to improve packing densities, but – by faster planning – it also helps you to save time.

Product

PackAssistant enables the user to handle different types of packaging­ explained in the following sections. In addition, parameters for customer-specific packing solutions are available:

  • Possibility to select the minimum distance between parts, the container base and walls, compartments.
  • Adherence to the maximum load of the container.
  • In order to facilitate the stability of the container, it is possible to define stable positions for the parts.
  • Compute the minimum volume box of a single part.
  • Automatic choice of an appropriate container from a list.

Loading possibilities

PackAssistant arranges the parts in layers with planar intermediate layers­. The parts can be arranged in two ways: with or without overlap in the direction in which the parts will be taken out of the container. The software ensures that in either case the arrangement of the parts is as regular as possible to allow easy loading and unloading. The exact selection of the minimum distance between the parts enables a realistic and case-specific solution.
PackAssistant arranges the parts in layers - as before - and additionally­ in compartments. The software allows for standard rectangular, trapezoidal and hexagonal compartments. With a lot of parts, the trapezoidal compartment, in particular, provides a much higher packing density, compared with rectangular compartments. The extra effort for design and handling of trapezoidal compartments is minimal.
In addition to arranging objects in layers, PackAssistant can also load them in stacks. This is particularly suitable for thin-walled objects, whereby stacking can be vertically or slanted. The example above shows a slanted stacking.
In addition to the case of rigid dividers between layers (described above), PackAssistant can also handle the use of flexible separators. Such intermediate layers are typically foam package or are made from plastic foils or fleece materials and their thickness can be specified in millimetres. Should a material thickness of zero millimetres be specified, then PackAssistant will arrange the parts directly on top of one another.
Small parts are often not put into a container in an orderly fashion but are simply allowed to fall from a conveyor belt into a container. PackAssistant­ can estimate how many parts fit into a container by simulating the physical behaviour of each part, i.e. by simulating gravity, velocity and collision among parts.

Display of Results and 3D-CAD Output

PackAssistant provides meaningful 3D images within a packing report, which in particular allows the ideal basis for the creation of specific commercial quotes. The customer can see straightaway how the objects should be arranged in the available space. Until now this had to be done by laborious drawings or graphs.

Packing reports are generated as Microsoft Word documents. You can adjust the layout of the document to the needs of your company. Additionally the results can be exported as CAD-datasets in the formats JT, STEP and VRML. This allows a more descriptive representation of the packing arrangement to be created, which can, when desired, also be included within the packing report. A 3D-viewer software can show individual sections and views of the packing arrangement. Packing reports are generated as Microsoft Word documents. Detailed images make it easy for the user to put the suggested packing instructions into practice. The results can be exported as CAD-datasets in various formats.

Technical Specifications

  • PackAssistant is offered as floating and nodelocked licence.
  • FlexNet Publisher is used for software licensing.
  • PackAssistant is available in English and German.
  • PackAssistant can run on any standard PC with Microsoft Windows. A current quad core processor and 4GB RAM are recommended. Video cards of the Intel HD 2000 series on the Windows XP operating system are not supported.
  • Microsoft Excel and Word are required for reading container lists and creating packaging reports.
  • The parts can be imported in either of the formats JT (*.jt), STEP (*.stp, *.step), VRML (*.wrl) and STL (*.stl).
  • Results can be exported as JT, STEP and VRML.

Contact

scapos AG
Schloss Birlinghoven
53754 Sankt Augustin, Germany

Phone +49 2241 14-2820
Fax +49 2241 14-2817

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