OPT Runner - A multi-stop, pick up and delivery vehicle route optimizer for planning and daily scheduling. Using constraint parameters from customers business systems, this tool is customized to the application to output information to cut operational costs.
- 1. OR Analytics Control TechnologyCreate the best routes and schedule your drivers and trucks. Simulate and cut your transport costs. Increase service levels for your clients. See the best routes through the map you like. Real time re-schedule and alert.State-of-art planning engine for advanced logistics optimization beyond trip, route planning and fleet scheduling. High-speed optimization calculating engine. Optimal schedules and routing plans in few minutes amid thousands of customers and orders. Dispatching made easy. Specialists in innovative projects. Stand out! Why taking risks? Contact us for a quick start with your data www.act-OperationsResearch.com
2. What is OPT Runner?Core FeaturesReady to move your freight with advanced optimization capabilities? OPT Runner: a multi-stop, pick-up & delivery truck route optimization and fleet scheduling system.From linear problems with few variables, to slightly more complicated problems with nonlinear constraints or to large-scale, nonlinear global optimization problems, OPT Runner engine is as fast as robust while being scalable to large input/output size. Combination of goals Whether you are heading to minimize a goal or a combination of say, 3PL companies rates, miles travelled, number/type of vehicles used, delivery timespan and drivers idle times, trucks saturation, OPT Runner allows its users to emulate the busiest workdays. Backhauls OPT Runner turns constraints into your advantage. A shipment sent on a returning vehicle would save you money, wouldnt it? OPT Runner looks after backhauls; it doesnt let you carry air and always maximizes your throughput. Mismatches And, yes, sometimes you cant put everything together in the same pot. OPT Runner addresses this issue as well. Take food and no-food goods for example, we know they cant travel in the same comp; some customers may require specific vehicles cause they have got limited forecourt space to unload smoothly. Exacting constraints When you feel like being picky, you can tell OPT Runner to give your trucks and drivers exact time windows either for loading, waiting, unloading or to end the entire trip. Eventually you can force your drivers to stay within their assigned area. Multiple constraints Multi-goods, compartments, slots traffic, one-day trips, pick-and-drop, depots.Why OPT Runner? Many transportation software will claim specialist knowledge to calculate the fastest way for goods to move from Point A to Point B and E, but very few stay in step with technology and state-of-art research and development while integrating your industry business process expertise.Many ways to bring innovation Integrate OPT Runner as a component into your TMS/ERP to add advanced capabilities through accurate analytics and robust algorithms. Use it as stand-alone on-premise/Web-service software application to stay focused. OPT Runner can be configured as a service called from other applications currently adopted in your IT systems or as a complete tool provided with user interface and maps.Vertical markets While OPT Runner was being designed for its first release, ACT-OR specialists were bearing in mind specific industry processes and their optimization problems to unravel. However, drawing on over 15 years experience so far, our products blend the knowledge gained from cross-industry practice. OPT Runners applications examples: Retail distribution Courier Express (next-day or same-day delivery) Municipal waste collection Street cleaning (snow remover, tree pruning, etc.) Fuel transportation Touristic visits scheduling Door-to-door inspection scheduling (e.g., maintenance, meter reading) School bus services Contact us to discuss your business model process.OPT Runner, delivery routes, built! 3. Breadth of Functionalities? OPT Runner has come far and you can ask for so many things and see how inputs changes affect your KPIs. Dynamic model. Whether your bookings are reviewed, adjusted or cancelled at the very last minute, with OPT Runner dynamic optimization you will understand well in advance how many truck drivers and vehicles you need to rely on for your delivery. What-if. Youll never know if you dont ask. A few examples of what you can ask to OPT Runner. What my tours will look like in front of new traffic and meteorological conditions? Will my drivers manage to deliver at the opening hours? How long do my drivers have to wait to unload? When it comes to narrow streets, which truck size is best to make the delivery? Whats the best size of my fleet? User-assisted optimization. With OPT Runners user-assisted optimization, technology turns out to be your assistant rather than your alias. Drag in, pull out your goals, constraints and your own calculations too. Fuzzy logic. When it comes to constraints, OPT Runner is no so picky. We know sometimes its not black or white. Waive something you think cant give you an advantage. OPT Runners embedded fuzzy logic just deals with it. From strategic planning to execution practice, OPT Runner helps to understand your performance and costs any time.OPT Runner. Functionalities that answer. Constructing routes: o with minimal cost of transportation on the basis of different values direction and types of routes. o with minimal cost, considering an empty run. o through cross center while choosing the optimal number of the truck. Binding different vehicles types (truck, railroad), orders types to specific ramps. Calculating the time of delivery according to restrictions. Forming schedules in non-calendar days. Optimizing the schedule of shipments by type of season (e.g., minimize the travel time during the winter, minimize the storage time at summer season). Working with various restrictions of the points of loading and delivery. Allocating routes to the specific carriers. Customizing tariffs: e.g., cost of freight, tariff per km, per hour. Generating picking lists of multi-stop vehicle schedule. Estimating the arrival/departure and load/unload time.The value, benefits You do not necessarily need a large number of resources and constraints to gain advantage from OPT Runner. There is always room for improvements. Save 12-25% on logistics costs by: Increasing the load factor Fastening the picking and loading operations Standardizing dispatching and delivery planning Minimizing miles travelled Saving fuel usage Reducing trips Picking the more convenient 3PL company Enhance customer service and retention by: Meeting contractual requirements including lat-minute deliveries Delivering on-time amid many constraints Comply with costumers requirements (e.g., time windows, vehicle types)Enhance your business control by: Understanding if your budget matches with the actual costs Monitoring the deliveries Rescheduling as any variation to the original schedule come up Linking your back-office to other systems Enhance your work environment by: Reducing the work performed under pressure Avoid complaints due to work organization 4. Technology and integration A Java-pure application designed and implemented with a SOA approach, OPT Runner draws on parallel computing of multiprocessor architectures with 64-bit technology. OPT Runners architecture allows its use as optimization library within other applications. The library can also be set as a Web service and integrated into popular application servers such as: JBOSS, Apache Tomcat and WebSphere. Database: ORACLE, MySQL, SQL Server, DB2. Integrate with ERP systems. Operating systems: Windows, Linux and IBM. With its versatile technology and modular architectural approach, OPT Runner integrates well with software construction components and applications and its flexibility is fairly simple: ability to integrate with maps (e.g., Google Map, UbiEst) ability to integrate with mapping database (e.g., NAVTEQ, Tele Atlas) interface to GPS real-time tracking systems (e.g., Targa Infomobility) ability to integrate with data-warehouse platforms scalability to large data sets and events SOA integration support ease of accessing multiple sources of data. Build your own suite with our suggested components to piece together: ACT-OR OPT Loading: 3D loading optimization ACT-OR OPT Shipping: advanced multi-store replenishment planning engine Arena: the most used simulation tool to mimicking the behaviour and interactions of all components within a system Simio: the newest simulation tool to clone and imitate the real-world operations and their dynamics.ACT Operations Research and its reputable partners are able to help you analyze your needs. They come up with the right solutions for you and might assist your staff with full-day training.ACT Operations Research capabilities: Simulation, Optimization, Forecasting and Process Control techniques Algorithms and models Engineering and decisions sciences background Advanced planning and scheduling tools Transportation management and fleet optimization Warehouse optimization Industrial production optimization Network optimization (plant, warehouse, points of sale, resources) Supply chain optimization Demand forecastingRevenue optimization ORFAQ Q: We have over 300 trucks delivering to over 100 stores almost every day. We deliver food and non-food items for clients with different unloading conditions. Wondering if OPT Runner fits well to our situation? Logistics Manager from a leading European food retailer A: Yes, it does. OPT Runners engine has been designed to look after a wide range of circumstances including yours. Q: My network includes about 10 depots. Does OPT Runner spot the best depot in order to deliver faster and with lower costs? Logistics Manager from a leading European food retailer A: Yes, this can be done in a number of ways. In some cases, we couple OPT Shipping to OPT Runner. Q: We were wondering if our team can use OPT Runner to simulate our transportation process? Logistics Manager from a leading European food retailer A: Ye