Q: Can you clarify what Break type and Allowed break shift options within Maxoptra mean?
A: Break type can be configured in Maxoptra. It can be Fixed or Dynamic. You can set break type in the Account settings (Driving times tab).
Fixed break type
is the setting specifying a fixed period of time during the working day for each driver to be considered for break time while scheduling. As soon as you set the break type on FIXED, a new Break time table will appear in each driver settings that will allow you to specify a fixed break time (start time/end time) for each driver:
Dynamic break type
is described in details in Maxoptra Documentation. Please click here to review the functionality specification.
Allowed break shift
a driver may spend 4 hours of his driving time and duty time to drive between the distribution centre (DC) and stop X. The operation duration to unload an order of stop X is 3 hours (total time will be 7 hours). Meanwhile, the dynamic break settings are set to allocate break time window within the route after driving time and duty time 6 hours and 30 minutes. The scheduler engine is designed to respect the driver break time and never ignores it or allocates the break time period later than 6 hours and 30 minutes, and the driver's break time is a too restricted constraint at the scheduling engine. Therefore, we had to develop at the dynamic break settings a parameter that could provide to the scheduling engine the opportunity and flexibility to shift the break time earlier than the expected. Having the ability to shift the break time will help the scheduling engine to generate the low-cost runs. At the "Allowed break shift" parameter we set the minimum allowable hours to the scheduler engine to consider not to exceed it while allocating the break time period within the route. As results, according to your screenshot, the scheduler engine is allowed to move the driver break time period 2 hours earlier and after 4 hours and 30-minute driving and working time.
The expected route will be as in the table below: