Vehicles move products from one facility to another to meet demand. A vehicle can be anything that moves products – truck, train, airplane or ship. Or a donkey or an ox cart or a person. A vehicle such as a train or ship is often defined as one or more standard sized cargo containers such as 20 foot or 40 foot containers. And an airplane is often defined as one or more standard air freight containers.
To create a new vehicle first select a facility (in the Facility menu on right side of screen) where the new vehicle will be based, then click on “Vehicles” in the menu on the right side of the screen (1) as shown below, and then click the “New” button (2).
A dialog box (3) for vehicle opens up. Enter vehicle name. Select vehicle type from drop down list under vehicle name. Depending on type of vehicle you selected, default values will appear. Accept the default values or type over them with more accurate numbers. Click “Update” button (4) when finished:
Name: Character String
Carry Volume (m3): Number of cubic meters of cargo space for carrying products
Speed (km/h): Number of kilometers per hour traveled by vehicle
Operating Cost: cost per kilometer to operate vehicle – labor, fuel, insurance, maintenance, etc.
Carbon Generated: new field added to track carbon output (can be 0)
Delay Between Departures (hours): Number of hours a vehicle will wait after returning from its last route before starting its next route. Can be any number of hours or fractions of an hour using up to 2 decimal places. Number can also be 0.
“Speed (km/h)” is the average speed of this vehicle on the route it is traveling. That means the speed should be adjusted to reflect the condition of the route, the amount of traffic on the route, and the times it takes to unload products at the various stops on the route.
“Operating Cost per km” for a vehicle includes costs such as labor cost, fuel cost, insurance cost, etc. It can also include standard cost allocations for costs such as vehicle taxes, maintenance and repair and related costs.
“Delay Between Departures (hours)” is not for delays at each stop, it is the delay that occurs when a vehicle has returned to its home facility and waits before departing again on another route.
Change specifications for an existing vehicle by highlighting the facility where the vehicle is based (in the list of facilities in the Facilities menu), and select the vehicle you want to change (in the list of vehicles in the Vehicles menu). Then click the “Edit” button (next to the “New” button).
Remove a vehicle by highlighting the facility where the vehicle is based (in the list of facilities in the Facilities menu), and select the vehicle you want to remove (in the list of vehicles in the Vehicles menu). Then click the “Remove” button (next to the “Edit” button).
NOTE: Every vehicle must have one or more routes assigned to it our the simulation will not run. When the click the “Simulation” button to run the simulation an error message will appear and the simulation screen will remain grayed out.
Always click the “Update” button in the vehicle dialog box after editing vehicle data or changes made will not be saved.