Using Stock Quantities

In comparison to all other Cut Optimizer plans, FACTORY plan has an option to define quantities for all input lengths. Just as a reminder, the number of input lengths in FACTORY plan is limited to 6.

You define quantities in Add/Edit material dialog in the similar way as you define multiple lengths — quantities are positive integers separated by slash (/). The order of quantities should follow the order of input lengths.

Set stock quantities in material
Stock quantities are defined in the same format as bar lengths

So, no matter how many input lengths you define, you are able to define the quantities for each. Let’s use a simple example as on the next image:

Example configuration with multiple input lengths and stock

During optimization process, each bar length is used until its quantity is drained out. In case there are not enough bars available you’ll receive “Out of stock!” message.

Result when out-of-stock
“Out of stock” message example

As you can see optimization is not possible with the given quantities, so the application advises you to exclude one or more quantities form the optimization. Let’s see what happens if we try to exclude quantity for length 2000.

Omit stock from optimization
Still getting “Out of stock”

In this case, you excluded quantity for length 2000, but since items in our example require bars longer than 2000, optimization is still not doable. The message you receive explains that and advises you to excluded quantities for longer bars. This is what happens when we exclude 4000 as well:

Optimization statistics
Results after stock for length ‘4000’ is excluded

Optimization finally succeeded! You can see that all 20 bars of length 6500 were used and also 20 bars of length 4000. Since there were only 4 bars available, you need to order 16 more and that’s shown in the parentheses together with a small basket icon. If you wonder why none of length 2000 was used, that’s because side cut waste is greater than zero and since there is a waste, item of 2000 requires bar longer than 2000.

In the header of the grouped results you will also see the small basket and the quantity you need to order.

Optimization results
Number beside basket shows how many bars should be ordered

In case there are plenty of bars, optimization will work same way as when no quantities are defined.

For more information check our Stock Demo project.

To read more about handling multiple input lengths go to Handling Multiple Bar Lengths.

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