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Guide - Loading Space Optimization API


The PTV Developer Loading Space Optimization API allows you to optimize cargo loadings and make drop-off and servicing times at stops efficient by minimizing free volumes and considering unloading sequence.

When transporting less than truckload (LTL) shipments or different container types, optimizing use of loading volumes and loading sequence is crucial to remain efficient: Every run a vehicle’s loading volume is not fully utilized, is a loss of revenue. Every extra minute spent at an unloading point, is time lost. Transporting time-sensitive freight as well as fresh and frozen food products, introduces additional constraints since these goods must be delivered within a limited time. Matching loading sequences with stops along routes further increases the complexity of the loading process.  

The PTV Developer Load Space Optimization API solves this problem automatically and quickly: You simply define the characteristics of the truck's loading space and the transport units. The system automatically delivers a loading space layout and visualizes it in 3D, showing the wall distribution and the location of the individual transport units under consideration of all restrictions. Thereby, it ensures your cargo is placed safely for transportation and easy to unload.


The PTV Developer Loading Space Optimization API offers:

  • Consider sequencing constraints: Load packages in an order that enables quick and easy unloading and group items together that are destined for the same delivery stops.
  • Ensure your cargo arrives safely: Take both the allowed orientation of each item or item type and its weight carrying capacity into consideration. This way, you can make sure that your cargo is placed safely for transportation.
  • Visualize your packing plan in 3D: The PTV Load Space Optimization API allows you to visualize your packing plan interactively and in 3D. This way, you can view the results from all directions and angles.
  • Different packing modes: Choose between two packing modes to reduce either the loading meters or your packing time.