Helping a friend - newbie

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Peter012, Jul 14, 2018.

  1. Peter012

    Peter012 Bobtail Member

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    Hi!

    A friend of mine, newbie, wants to create an app that optimizes load capacity similar to Behance

    I told him that before he does, he should reach out to professionals of the business to validate...talk and learn. I offered my help for this part :) The question we have is:

    Does an mobile app that automatically measures the available capacity (palettes) adds value to you? If yes...why and if not what really does!

    Any really any opinion helps!!

    Thanks
    Daniel
     

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  2. Oldironfan

    Oldironfan Road Train Member

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  3. Peter012

    Peter012 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks !
     
  4. Ridgeline

    Ridgeline Road Train Member

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    Really, how do you weigh the products?
     
  5. SteveScott

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    We need to know a lot more on how this works before anybody can comment on how they would like it. Most drivers know how to optimize a load in their head. So what's an app going to do for them that they can't do already?
     
  6. Brandt

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    No need for anything like that. The shippers already know how to load their stuff in trailer. Most things are so heavy you can't fill the trailer up anyway.

    The driver's don't load the trailer. So it not like we need fill every inch of the trailer. Some stuff is heavy to fill trailer up with. The light stuff you can double stack pallets if needed and they actually want that much stuff.
     
  7. Peter012

    Peter012 Bobtail Member

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    Yep. That is a key question...perhaps with weight sensors for the trailer one per level valve. Visually that will be not possible. He is still trying to figure out what adds most value.
     
  8. Peter012

    Peter012 Bobtail Member

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    Thanks Steve. He just started and wanted to prototype. I halted him due to his limited knowledge. Without getting deep insights he should not go forward. We are in the learning part...
     
  9. Peter012

    Peter012 Bobtail Member

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    Appreciate your feedback Brandt. Same first thought. We have to learn a lot...
     
  10. Ridgeline

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    That's not possible. Neither is a floating floor with load cells built in. The pallet has to be weighed before it hits the truck, not after. The load balancing can't take few tries, this is production and there is no time to keep trying to balance a load.

    Edit - just to add that a lot of docks lock trailers into the dock and the trailer does not have a lot of movement with some dock locks, this would mean any use of air ride to determine weights will be drastically off.
     
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