How to Create Unusable Spaces in Cube-IQ

How to Create Unusable Spaces in Cube-IQ

You can create unusable spaces in Cube-IQ

Unusable spaces can be added to containers to prevent products from being loaded in that region. Unusable spaces are used for benders or obstacles, with refrigerating units being a common application of unusable spaces. This article will guide you through the process of creating an unusable space within a container, and explain some of the settings to best suit your loading needs. 

Not usable height at top

If you have a specific height that must be left empty at the top of the container, you can make use of this setting instead of creating a custom unusable space. From the Main Window controls, click on the Containers button and navigate to the Unusable Spaces tab. Enter in the height of the region to be left at the top in the "Not usable height at top" field. 
Re-optimise your loads to see this change take effect. Here is what the load would look like without the 40cm unusable region at the top:

As you can see, there is 40 cm left from the top of the container in this sample load.

How to create a custom unusable space

From the Main Window controls, navigate to the Containers page, and click on the Unusable Spaces tab. If this is your first unusable space, you can enter the information into the existing record. If not, click on the "+" icon on the top left to add a new unusable space. 

Specify the coordinates for where the unusable space will be situated by filling out the Depth Crd, Width Crd, and Height Crd records. Next, include the dimensions for the size of the unusable space -- the Length, Width, and Height. 

The "No Stack" checkbox specifies whether products can be stacked on top of the unusable space. If checked, this prevents products from ebing loaded on top of the unusable space.

The unusable space will appear in a lighter colour onto the Container's drawing. Once you are satisfied with your dimensions, re-optimize your load for your unusable space to be implemented in the load.

Here is what an unusable space can look like with stacking still allowed:

This is what an unusable space can look like with the no stacking option checked:

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