Topper Industrial Looks to Lean Manufacturing and Drives Production Time Down 50% Per Unit

April 6, 2016 Fork Truck Free Info , News Releases 4836 Views

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Sturtevant, WI (04/06/16) – Topper Industrial, leader in the material handling equipment industry, has been an advocate of lean manufacturing principles for years. Recently the ergonomic industrial cart leader moved beyond kaizen events and ad hoc lean manufacturing events and created a comprehensive continuous process improvement program, implementing lean manufacturing within the entire company operation.

An example of the program at Topper Industrial is a case study regarding a container project.


A customer placed an order for thousands of containers and required delivery within four months of issuing the purchase order. Initial thoughts based on historical data suggested that Topper Industrial would require two shifts, eighteen welders, and two hours of labor per container.

After implementing an aggressive lean processes and several time studies, Topper Industrial was able to meet the customer’s requirements using only one shift, nine welders, and forty-eight minutes of labor per container.

Lean manufacturing is making it possible for Topper Industrial to exceed customers’ needs more efficiently and effectively while maintaining higher margins of productivity, throughput, and profitability.

Topper Industrial is exhibiting at MODEX 2016, the largest expo for the manufacturing and supply chain industries from April 4-7, 2016. Attendees visiting Topper Industrial at booth #647 will learn about fork truck free material handling equipment.

The MODEX Supply Chain Conference brings together leading experts from the industry to give the latest information on manufacturing and supply chain trends, technologies, and innovations. The conference also includes valuable opportunities to network with industry leaders.

About Topper Industrial

For more than twenty years, Topper Industrial, ( 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. Follow on Twitter @TopperInd. Call 800-529-0909.

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