Topper Mother-Daughter Cart Delivery Proves Innovative for Efficient Materials Handling

July 4, 2020 Product Highlights 2680 Views

Topper Industrial, well-respected in fork truck free cart delivery initiatives in North America, has created unique cart delivery innovations for over twenty years. Cart delivery, the use of industrial carts to deliver material to a designated area, is often utilized when companies require a more precise, productive, and efficient material handling.

Manufacturing operations or distribution centers which utilize cart delivery reap significant benefits, including increased productivity by moving deliveries away from “one at a time” deliveries to “multiple load” deliveries. This result is a dramatic increase in value-added work along a production route. By tugging multiple carts in a row in one direction, users bring material to and from the line. There are several cart types available to suit the needs of all work flows and each can be custom-made for unique engineered to order needs.

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The evolution of cart delivery innovation over the past twenty years has led to the popularity of mother-daughter cart systems. Topper Industrial defines a mother-daughter cart system as a delivery solution which consists of one larger mother cart and two or more, smaller daughter carts. The daughter carts are custom designed to fit within the larger mother cart’s framework. Once the daughter carts are secured within the mother cart, the mother cart and daughter carts are tugged as one.

Mother-daughter carts are very versatile because daughter carts are often different types of carts. For instance, one mother cart can be designed to carry a static cart as a daughter cart and a rotation cart as a daughter cart. Daughter carts can be swapped out at different locations along a route to serve different needs. As work needs change along that same route over time, new daughter carts can be utilized to create additional efficiency. Daughter carts can be custom-made to fit in the original mother cart and create a solution to a new problem within the material flow.

Diamond Pattern

Topper Industrial Innovation – Patented Wheels on the Ground, Pass Through Mother Daughter Cart

The mother-daughter cart delivery system using diamond pattern creates unlimited applications for line side passes. The patented solution can completely eliminate the need of a fork truck on the line.

Companies are able to create unlimited applications for line side passes with this system. Because the mother-cart is able to pull various types of daughter carts as described above, an operator can pull a static cart, a tilt cart, a rotation cart, a kit cart, or a tube with many more options.

The operator of the mother-daughter cart system performs a daughter cart exchange at the assembly line. An empty daughter cart is exchanged for a full daughter cart and the operators able to work directly out of the carts. The daughter carts are easily locked into the mother cart eliminating the need to couple and uncouple cart trains.

Daughter carts also have different caster arrangements to reduce push forces and improve maneuverability. This system does not require ramps for the daughters to be carried in the mother.

Topper Industrial continues to pioneer materials handling solutions to approve workflow, throughput, productivity. The capacity to mix and match industrial cart solutions is a unique Topper Industrial value proposition.

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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 and creates material handling equipment for all major automotive, chemical, agricultural, transportation  and manufacturing (to name some) companies nationwide.

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