I would consider my Excel skills as "average". I have not ventured into the world of Macro's yet, or any kind of special programming. So, the reason for my question might have something to do with a lack of knowledge. I am really hoping that I might be able to learn from this experience, and would greatly appreciate any assistance. I am trying to understand the concepts pertaining to the solution to the problem presented below and so I have grossly simplified the problem. But here it goes:

Problem:

I have a number of consignments that need to be delivered to customers across the country. The trucks to be used for shipping can handle a maximum of 30 tons. Each "JOB #" needs to be loaded onto a truck. Can Excel be used to tell me: Which jobs should be paired together with which truck, in order to maximize the mass yield (ie which combinations of "JOB #" will get me as close to 30 as possible)?

You might notice that some of the "JOB #'s" exceed the 30 ton limit - which means they will need to be split over more than 1 truck. In thelogical solution, these split jobs are indicated by the percentage associated with the JOB. Eg: TRUCK 2, JOB 16 (46.37%) = 0.4637*64.7 = 30 (TONS)

Can excel be used to help me solve this problem, using formula's? Or does one have to solve this manually?

Any and all input will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time.

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