Each day, CSX Railway allocates hundreds of empty railcars among hundreds of customer car orders. In 1997, it implemented the US rail industry’s first real-time, fully integrated equipment-distribution optimization system, the dynamic car-planning system (DCP). DCP seamlessly integrates operations research modeling into CSX’s process that assigns empty cars… (More)
Figure 3: DCP is tightly integrated with operational and marketing data sources as well as production systems. It checks the customer preference and operational feasibility of each assignment, assigns a cost to it via the costing engine, optimizes the network, and communicates car-order assignments to operations on an as-needed basis. Operational systems constantly update DCP on an empty car’s next available location for possible replanning.