Description of the problem
- The scheduling tool
Investigation into fleet changes
Benefits to Tegel
About the Authors
Tegel processes over 50,000 chickens per day at their processing plant in Hornby. The birds are grown at 29 farms within the Canterbury region. The catching and transporting of the daily demand of birds is tended to a private contractor.
Tegelís main concern within the catching operation is the costly occurrence of idle time at the processing plant. This is caused when the stock of birds at the plant is exhausted before the end of the contractors shift. The contractors believe the available fleet resources are inadequate for the chicken catching process, but Tegel wants to be sure the right investments are made to the fleetís makeup.
To address this concern we have undertaken an investigation into the chicken catching operation. A modelling tool has been developed, named the VAS (Vehicle Assignment and Scheduling) tool, to evaluate the impact of altering the current fleet makeup. In addition, this tool is capable of creating preliminary schedules and evaluating schedules created by the contractors.