If you saw the recent blog post, InstructAR: Using Augmented Reality (AR) in the Warehouse to Improve Efficiency, then you’re familiar with 3-D visualization of instruction based tasks within the warehouse. And while JDA’s Transportation Management Solutions have world-class algorithms that optimize trailer loads, execution of those plans during the physical loading process can be quite challenging. The ability to visualize, and possibly alter, the plan prior to the actual loading greatly increases the ability to execute the plan.

In the video below, the JDA Labs team in Montreal is demonstrating the use of AR for tire loading, where they’re visualizing loading instructions with the HoloLens. Since there’s a wide range of tires in existence, each shipment is unique and container loading plans have to be determined on a per case basis. Theoretically, dealing with circular shapes differs significantly from classical rectangular box packing problems. The project was derived from a real-life loading problem that a leading tire manufacturer was facing.

Winner of the 2017 Canadian Operational Research Society Practice Prize

Due to the innovation and creativity of this project, the team was awarded the 2017 Canadian Operation Research Society Practice Prize. Team members consisted of Philippe Grangier, Marc Brisson and Louis-Martin Rousseau (JDA Labs) and John Ye (TMS Team), together with Michel Gendreau (Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal, Canada) and Fabien Lehuédé (IMT Atlantique, France). The team received this award at the 21st Conference of the International Federation of Operational Research Societies (IFORS) held in Quebec City in July 2017.

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