The Add-in provides ranges for
names of suppliers (C9:C11) and Demanders (D8:H8). The table
contained in the range D9:H11 holds the transportation flows.
These are variables of the problem and will be determined by
the Solver. The row labeled Received (D15:H15) contains a sum
formula that computes the total flows received by the demanders.
These numbers are used in the constraints and the expressions
should not be disturbed. Similarly the column labeled Shipped
(L9:L12), contains the total flows shipped by the suppliers
and the expressions should not be disturbed.
The rows labeled Min Received, Max Received and Revenue hold
parameters associated with the demanders. The first two rows
place lower and upper bounds on the amounts received by each
demander. Since in the present case these numbers are the same,
the model is forcing all demands to be met. The row labeled
Revenue specifies the unit revenue for each demander. This
number is irrelevant for the example, and we have set the row
to zero. The Columns labeled Min Ship, Max Ship and Unit Cost
hold parameters for the suppliers. We have specified the maximum
shipments as the amounts available at each supplier. We have
not constrained the minimum shipments. The unit cost column
is provided for cases in which different suppliers may have
different costs for the products.
The shipping costs are given in the second table of the model
in the range D19:H21. The names heading this table are provided
by formulae. Any names defined for the flow table will be automatically
transferred to this and other tables.
Problems may be solved with either the Jensen Network Solver
or the Excel Solver. Sensitivity analysis is only provided
by the Excel Solver. Clicking the Solve button initiates the
solution algorithm. The optimum flows are placed in the flow