STURTEVANT, WI – Topper Industrial, a leader in material handling equipment and solutions states that the lean goal is to move toward a forklift-free operation wherever it is practical. An Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) tugger and cart system is a forklift-free system that compliments lean manufacturing by shortening lead times, minimizes waste of the production line, and maintains an even flow of activities. A tugger cart system reduces the need for many forklift trips.
A fork truck free cart delivery system typically requires less than half of the equipment and labor because one tugger can tow from four to eight loaded carts while a traditional system needs four employees to operate four forklifts. However, the choice to go forklift-free is not simple and does require preparation.
Before switching from forklifts, the workflow throughout the shop must be evaluated to examine how each department and its suppliers will be impacted and what, if any, size or weight limitations may be involved. If carts limit certain material from converting to mobile queues, then a forklift will work better.
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ABOUT TOPPER INDUSTRIAL
For more than twenty years, Topper Industrial, (www.topperindustrial.com) based just outside of Milwaukee, WI, has been a leader in the material handling equipment industry. The company’s product roster features industrial carts, conveyors, lifts, lifts & tilts, shipping racks, containers, casters, and cart components. From mother-daughter carts to quad steer carts to tilt carts and rotate carts, Topper’s material handling solutions make delivering material line side more effective through more efficient practices. Topper Industrial has a team of experienced professional experts able to assess and provide the right product for all material handling equipment requirements.
Topper Industrial is a proud member of MHI. The Topper Industrial client roster includes Anderson Windows, Detroit Diesel, Honda, Kia Motors, Ford, Chrysler, Aramark, Johnson Controls, Whirlpool, and Caterpillar.