PROGRAM CAN PLAY ‘CAR TETRIS’
NEW car stacking software has been developed at the University of Warwick by Trans-Rak International for the Warwick Manufacturing Group.
The software plays instant tetris with car shapes to find the optimal placement of cars in a shipping container.
Up to now, this form of car tetris was played by experienced humans, who typically fitted two cars per container, but the new programme can fit up to four cars of different makes and models using the racking hardware developed at TRI.
Much like the floors in a giant roll-on-roll-off (RoRo) boat, the R-Rak hardware can be raised or lowered to adjust to an SUV or sportscar’s profile, It consists of an adjustable steel frame that allows the front and rear of the top vehicle to be incrementally raised or lowered as needed, so that the bottom vehicle can fit snugly beneath it.
Program designer Piero Filippin said the new software allows specific vehicles to be selected from a comprehensive list, meaning a quicker view can be gained in relation to vehicle configuration before the containers are loaded onto ships or trains.
“This has helped save considerable time, resource and money,” said Filippin.
— Wheels Reporter.