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Product Flows

This table is used within the Network Optimization experiment only. It allows you to configure sourcing parameters.

A site will not be considered by the experiment if no product flow record is defined in this table.

The defined record with the flow parameters will not be considered if at least one of the expanding toggle buttons ( Expand Sources, Expand Destinations, Expand Products, Expand Periods) is disabled in it. If you require to keep the toggle button disabled for this record, you should duplicate it, enable the toggle button and make sure that no limit is set for the throughput ( Min Throughput, Max Throughput).

Column Description

Label

Specify the name of the flow.

It must be a meaningful name since you will refer to it in the Custom constraints table.

Source

Defines the source of the products that the flow constraints will be defined for (DC, Factory, Supplier and groups containing them).

Double-click the cell and select the required facility from the drop-down list.

Expand Sources

Defines if the specified throughput level (Min Throughput, Max Throughput) is applied to each defined source (Enabled) or to the aggregated number of sources (Disabled). By default each source is considered.

Disabling the expand button has the following effect.

e.g. We specify a group of 4 sources. The Min Throughput value is set to 1000 items. If the Expand Sources is enabled, the specified throughput of 1000 items is provided by every source, which brings us to the total of 1000 * 4 = 4000 items. If the Expand Sources is disabled, the specified throughput stands for the total capability of all 4 sources, i.e., 1000 / 4.

Destination

Defines the destination for the products that the flow constraints will be defined for (DC, Factory, Customer and groups containing them)

Double-click the cell and select the required facility from the drop-down list.

Expand Destinations

Defines if the specified throughput level (Min Throughput, Max Throughput) is applied to each defined destination (Enabled) or to the aggregated number of destinations (Disabled). By default each destination is considered.

Disabling the expand button has the following effect.

e.g. We specify a group of 15 destinations. The Min Throughput value is set to 100 items. If the Expand Destinations is enabled, the specified throughput of 100 items will refer to each destination, totaling 100 * 15 = 1500 items. If the Expand Destinations is disabled, the specified throughput stands for the total capability of all 15 destinations, i.e., 100 / 15.

Vehicle Types

The vehicle type (previously defined vehicles in the Vehicle Types table) used for shipping products. Click to open a drop-down list with all the available vehicle types. You may select multiple vehicle types.

If set, products will be shipped with the specified vehicle type only. Make sure to set the selected vehicle type(s) for the corresponding Paths as well.

Product

Defines the product or a group of products that the flow constraints will be defined for.

Expand Products

Defines if the specified product flow (Min Throughput, Max Throughput) is applied to each defined product (Enabled) or to the aggregated number of products (Disabled). By default each product is considered.

Disabling the expand button has the following effect.

e.g. A source offers 2 types of products. The Min Throughput value is set to 1000 items. If the Expand Products is enabled, the specified 1000 items will refer to each type of a product, totaling 2000 items, otherwise it will refer to the sum of all products.

Min Throughput

Sets the minimum flow throughput that the specified source (or a group of sources) can offer. By default the throughput is set to 0 and is considered to be infinite.

If the Down Penalty is set to 0, this will be a hard constraint.

Max Throughput

Sets the maximum flow throughput that the specified source (or a group of sources) can offer. By default the throughput is set to 0 and is considered to be infinite.

If the Up Penalty is set to 0, this will be a hard constraint.

Fixed

If enabled, the Fixed Value column is considered.

Fixed Value

Allows you to explicitly specify the throughput of the source/group of sources.

Product Unit

Specify the unit (of weight or volume) the product is measured in. The list of available units contains all the units that are currently used within the project as well as the units defined in the Units table that can be used in the current scenario only.

Down Penalty

Defines the penalty to be paid per product item (or per cubic meter) for dropping the throughput level below the specified Min Throughput level.

The penalty is calculated as: specified down penalty * sum of the lacking products.

If the penalty is set to 0, the specified Min Throughput will be considered as a hard constraint, i.e., it cannot be violated. For more information refer here.

Up Penalty

Defines the penalty to be paid per product item (or per cubic meter) for exceeding the specified Max Throughput level.

The penalty is calculated as: specified up penalty * sum of the excessive products.

If the penalty is set to 0, the specified Max Throughput will be considered as a hard constraint, i.e., it cannot be violated. For more information refer here.

Currency

The type of currency in which the Down Penalty and the Up Penalty is expressed.

Distance Limit

Sets the service distance. The customer, located farther than the specified service distance, will not be serviced, the orders placed by the customer will be still received, but they will be lost (unless there is alternative sourcing for it).

Distance Unit

The Distance measurement units.

The list of available units comprises the units defined in the anyLogistix settings.

Time Limit

Sets the delivery time limit. If it takes more time to deliver a product to the customer, than it is expected (time limit is violated), the customer will not be serviced, the orders placed by the customer will be still received, but they will be lost (unless there is alternative sourcing for it).

Time Unit

The measurement unit that the Time Limit is measured in.

The list of available units comprises the units defined in the anyLogistix settings.

Time Period

Defines the period of time (from the previously defined in the Periods table).

Double-click the corresponding row cell to choose among the available periods.

Expand Periods

Defines if the specified throughput level (Min Throughput, Max Throughput) is applied to each defined period (Enabled) or to the whole period that the group of periods forms (Disabled). By default the whole period is considered.

e.g. We specify a group of 4 periods. The Max Throughput value is set to 1000 items. If the Expand Periods is enabled, the specified throughput of 1000 items is the limit for each period of the group, which brings us to the total of 1000 * 4 = 4000 items. If the Expand Periods is disabled, the specified value stands for the total throughput of all 4 sources. Note, that the exact throughput in this case is not allotted to a period, i.e, it is not 1000 / 4 periods.

Inclusion Type

Defines the status of the current facility constraint.

  • Include — if this status is set, the facility constraint will be included into the supply chain configuration.
  • Exclude — if set, the facility constraint will be excluded from the supply chain configuration. If selected, the table record will be grayed out to denote the current inclusion type. The table record stays editable.

    If you feel that your scenario contains too many objects marked as "Excluded" and you know that you no longer use them, you can instantly remove all such objects.

Constraints

[Visibly only if Compact view is enabled] Contains the hidden columns. Opens the dialog box, allowing you to edit the values of the hidden columns if necessary.

Configuring sourcing parameters

  • Product(s) that will be shipped from the specified source/group of sources to the destinations.
  • Flow constraints that must be applied to a source/group of sources (valid within the specified period of time).
  • Penalties for violating the specified constraints.
The table allows you to consider the source parameters for:
  • One source, each source of the group, sum of all sources of the group specified in the Source column.
  • One destination, each destination of the group, sum of all destinations of the group specified in the Destination column.
  • One product, each product of the group, sum of all products of the group specified in the Products column.

You may alter these combinations by clicking the toggle buttons in the Expand Sources, Expand Destination, Expand Products columns.

By default the throughput is expressed in items but when the following condition are met, the units automatically switch to cubic meters:

  • At least one of the Expand Facilities, Expand Products is disabled.
  • The specified group of facilities/products contains more than 1 site/product.

The data in the columns will not be converted to the new measurement units. The same numbers will be expressed in cubic meters now.

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