Optimal routing - delivery of equipment and work crews

 How can you optimize the routes of vehicles that need to deliver equipment and / or installation teams to the place of work? A few years ago, we were given such a task by a client specializing in the delivery and installation of metal-plastic windows.The  bottom line  of the case is that such a vehicle, upon arrival at the place of work, does not need to wait for their completion. After unloading the equipment and instruments, the vehicle can return for the next team and batch of equipment. The client, in addition to the minimum mileage, also needed to receive in the calculations the number of trips that vehicles can do during the day.

An important condition is the loading time of vehicles in the warehouse, which is 1 hour on the average. This parameter must be written  in the properties of the warehouse, the Working hours tab:
For example, add 4 vehicles (that's how many cars our client uses). Field Break, min - change to 0 i.e. the break between flights is the loading time at the warehouse, which was previously written.

One car per one trip delivers only one team and a set of equipment for installation, respectively, in the vehicle parameters in the SP Limit  field, specify 1.

It was also important for the user to receive a cost estimate, which includes the cost of fuel and the hourly payment to the driver. Tariffication is entered in the subordinate box of each vehicle in the Rate tab:

Pay attention! The driver's working day is 10 hours and includes travel time, loading time at the warehouse and unloading time at points.

In the Logistics+ options, select the Calculating Formula Type of Cost per Route - Given the tariffs per km and hour, and make sure that in the Always recalculate the time of the next trips - field, Yes is selected:

And the last settings: the parameters of the Logistics tab. In this case, the main parameter - Penalty coefficient for exceeding the SP limit - is set to the maximum. Other parameters do like in the example:

Load applications, indicating in points the average unloading time - 60 minutes. Start the calculation, select the vehicles available for planning, in the Vehicles tab in the Multi-flight routes  field 1, select Yes and not forget to indicate the average speed of vehicles 2. In our example for Kyiv, this is 25 km/h:

ANT-LogisticsAn important condition that must be observed is that the latest departure from the warehouse is allowed no later than 14:00 (this is due to the fact that the equipment have to be unloaded from the client and proceed to the installation). From the list of routes, we can see that the last route that can leave with a slight deviation is route number 9 with a departure time of 08:00. The unloading end time at the client is 16:52. The subordinate box of the route also displays its cost:


It is better to delete other routes that start from number 10, and do the calculation for the points of the application the next day.

Pay attention! If the route is intercity, as in example number 4, you need to select route 1, go to the Delivery groups 2 directory, select additional parameters 3, and uncheck the box Average speed 4, recalculate route 5.


The order of the described actions must be carried out with all intercity routes, if any.

Download the following applications and select vehicles available for planning. The vehicle code column shows the time when they finish their previous trips. In the additional parameters, do not forget to specify the average speed for your city, after that you can do the calculation:


As you can see, the use of ANT-Logistics in organizing the work of its transport service allows our client to calculate not only the best routes, but also the cost of delivery, arrival time, as well as the number of cars and flights needed. If it is impossible to reach the customer "today" - his order can be transferred to the beginning of the route of the next working day, or additional vehicles can be involved in the delivery.

If you are interested in the described functionality, we are ready to demonstrate its operation, do the necessary settings and provide access to the service. To do this, leave a request on the ANT-Logistics website.


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