To create load plans
Load building is the core functionality of Freight. The load building
engine is used to create load plans. For further general information on the load
building functionality, see Introducing load building.
To create load a load plan, take the following
Step 1. Start the Generate Plan (fmlbd0280m000) session
You can start the Generate Plan (fmlbd0280m000) session from the following locations:
- The Freight Planning menu, which you can select from the Freight menu in the Web
The Generate Plan option on the appropriate menu menu of these sessions:
- Plan Board (fmlbd0215m000)
- Freight Orders (fmfoc2100m000)
- Freight Order Lines (fmfoc2101m000)
- Plans (fmlbd0110m000)
- Freight Order Lines to Be Replanned (fmlbd0120m000)
For the latter sessions, the Generate Plan option is only available for freight
orders whose status is lower than In Progress.
You must perform all of the following steps in the Generate Plan (fmlbd0280m000) session.
Step 2. Add to existing plan?
Select the Add to Existing Plan check box if the freight orders for which you want to
create loads and shipments must be added to an existing load plan. In the Description field, select or enter the load plan to which the
new loads and shipments that you are going to create must be added.
Step 4. Select freight orders and freight order lines on which to
base your load plan
To select the freight orders and freight order lines for
which you want to create the load plan, proceed as follows:
- Select the Shipping Office of the freight orders on which you want to base your load plan.
The freight orders of a load plan must belong to the same Shipping Office. To perform load building, the user must be authorized to use
the selected shipping office.
- Select the Planning Group of the freight order lines on which you want to base your load
plan. To perform load building, the user must be authorized to use the selected
planning group. As described in Freight order grouping, a shipping office can have more than one planning group. The
freight order lines of the freight orders that are allocated to the shipping
office can be allocated to any of the planning groups of the shipping office.
Your load plan will only be based on freight order lines that are allocated to
the planning group that you select in the Generate Plan (fmlbd0280m000) session.
- Select the range of
freight orders on which you want to base your load plan. You can select from
the freight orders that belong to the selected shipping office. By default, the
range of freight orders is set to all freight orders. This means, that LN selects all freight
orders of the selected shipping office and planning group to create the load
- Select Freight Order lines. If you selected one freight order in the previous step,
you can specify the freight order lines of the freight order that you want to
plan. By default, the range of freight order lines is set to all freight order
You can perform load building for freight order lines
if the freight order lines meet the following criteria:
- The Load Planning check box is selected for the freight
order lines or for the entities that are linked to the freight order lines,
such as transport types, transport means groups, and so on.
- The freight
order lines are not blocked.
- The freight
order line status is Expected, Planned,
- The latest load
date of the freight order lines is later than the LN system date.
- The loading and
unloading addresses are available according to their calendar in the period
defined by the loading and unloading time windows.
Optionally, select a range of route plans or standard
routes to create a load plan for the freight order lines to which the selected
route plans or standard routes are assigned.
In the Assign Standard Route / Route Plan to Freight Order Lines (fmfoc2280m000) session, you can
assign route plans or standard routes to freight order lines.
Creating load plans for specific route plans or standard
routes saves time, because these load plans only include the freight order
lines to which the specified route plans or standard routes are assigned.
Planning based on limited data volume saves system performance and makes the
planning engine go faster.
- Select the Status range of the freight orders on which to base the
load plan. Freight orders with statuses within the selected range are included
in the load plan. You can select the Expected, Planned,
and Actual statuses. By default, the range of Status in these fields is from Expected to Actual.
- Select Planned Load Date and Planned Unload Date. Freight orders with load dates and unload dates within
the selected range are included in the load plan. By default, the planned load
date and planned unload date ranges are set to all dates in these fields.
Step 5. Select planning options
The following planning options are available:
Replanning of Freight Orders
Shipment Planned Dates Based On
Carrier/LSP Selection Criterion
This field enables you to specify whether the load building
engine must search for the fastest, the cheapest, or the shortest option for
transporting the goods listed in the loads and shipments of the load plan.
Shortest means that the carrier that travels the shortest distance to deliver
the goods to the unloading addresses will be selected. For further information,
see the field help of the Carrier/LSP Selection Criterion
FM Leading Load Plan
If you select this option, changes made by Warehousing to
loads and shipments created by Freight are checked by Freight. For example, if Warehousing wants
to move a shipment created by Freight to another load, Freight performs a check on several data of
the load and the shipment, such as the loading capacity of the transport means
group of the load, whether the transport type of the load and the shipment
match, and so on.
Allow Means of Transport in Multiple Plans
Calculate Additional Costs
If you select this option, additional costs are calculated
if additional costs apply to any of the freight orders of the selected freight
order range. For further information, see To allocate additional costs
Detailed Planning Log
If you select this option, additional information about
the load plan is generated while the load plan is created. This information
includes details of the steps taken by the load building engine to create the
plan, and any errors that took place during this process. The planning log
messages are grouped by combined freight order
If you select this option, a standard report on the load
plan is generated.
Step 6. Start the load building process
After you select freight orders and additional options,
click Generate to start the load building