“Why is Cart Delivery in High Demand?”

April 29, 2019 Fork Truck Free Info 311 Views

Objective 1: Learn about cart delivery and its growing incorporation into material handling.

Objective 2: Present the benefits associated with cart delivery and fork truck free practices.

Objective 3: Introduction into cart delivery, cart types and how the process is implemented.


Benefits of Cart Delivery

  • Improved Productivity vs Unneeded over production
  • Better Safety Practices
  • Increased Flexibility vs Rigid Processes
  • Process Stability and Simplification vs Non Value-Added Processes
  • Inventory Reduction vs Excess Inventory
  • Earlier Quality Identification vs Mass Quantities of Defects
  • Reduce Costs & Labor vs More Fork lifts and Under Utilized workforce
  • Lean Manufacturing and Industry 4.0 Compatibility as previously discussed.

There is a fluid relationship that fork truck free cart delivery has with other trending Material Handling Movements.

We often recognize how incorporating Cart Delivery into one’s material handling processes in turns promotes the ideals of Lean Manufacturing. Lean Manufacturing is a systematic method for waste minimization within a manufacturing system without sacrificing productivity. It is a goal of continuous improvement. Companies will investigate ways to continuously improve their processes to create better material flow.

Industry 4.0 is the newest industrial revolution. It is a step up from the technology era in that it signifies current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. Most importantly, how data is collected, shared through various ports.

For instance, cart delivery can be simply using push carts to move material from one location to another, but more often it also incorporates the use of AGVs or Automated Guide Vehicles and trains of carts to move material. The use of Robotic Automated Vehicles and trains of carts to simultaneously drop off full containers of material and pick up empty containers within one route of a department.

How do you incorporate or plan to incorporate cart delivery into your day to day processes?

  • Space – you consider plant size, aisle size and available space
  • Load Needs – what is being moved, How much and how often does it need to be moved and what is the load size each movement?
  • What is the equipment needed to move your material? Carts, Containers, Conveyors or kitting needs.
  • Lastly, timing of the material movement. When? How often and can it be timed on a schedule?

Types of Static Carts: Static Carts are rugged industrial push carts with two rigid wheels and two swivel wheels. Static carts have the ability to be tugged or pulled in a row. Static carts are used in endless applications.Static carts are material handling carts.

Types of Rotate Carts: Topper Industrial Rotation Carts are able to manually rotate and position parts for minimized over reaching and lifting. A tilt cart is a specified industrial cart base with a rotating top. The tops rotate 360 degrees to the various operator workstation. Topper’s Rotation Carts come in a 4 wheel or 6 wheel design. The operator is able to rotate the unit by releasing the foot actuated detent to rotate and access parts from any side from one position. The detents automatically locks every 90° or 180.° This secures the rotation top, so that the operator can work out of the unit safely. The effortless rotation is due to the heavy duty sealed precision slew bearing that can handle cantilevered loads with ease and is virtually maintenance free.

Rotating the unit is effortless, just release the foot actuated detent to rotate and access your parts from any side from one position. The detents automatically lock out every 90° or 180° which secure the rotation top when operator works out of the unit. The effortless rotation is due to the heavy duty sealed precision roller bearing that can handle cantilevered loads with ease and is virtually maintenance free.

Types of Tilt Carts: Topper Industrial engineers many different types of Tilt Carts for material handling delivery. Material Handling Tilt Carts create a safe, controlled and ergonomic delivery work station line side. A Tilt Cart is a rugged industrial cart consisting of a unique upper frame that is designed to fit a specific container and tilt to a desired angle. Topper Industrial’s tilt carts come equipped with a patented adjustable closed loop hydraulic cylinder that controls the energy of the load as it is tilted. It provides for a safe and controlled tilt movement in a full to empty application. The most common requested degree of tilt is 30, 45 and 60 degrees, but the carts can be custom designed to virtually any angle.

Types of Transfer Carts: A transfer cart is an industrial delivery cart that is equipped with a conveyor roller top. The rollers aid in the transport of specific content in a conveyor like manner. In fact, most transfer carts are used in conjunction to a stationary conveyor system as a way of getting material to and from the conveyor. Topper Industrial is able to retrofit a cart design so that it is able to work with an existing conveyor system or line side equipment. Transfer Carts are offered in a four wheel or six wheel design.

Types of Quad Steer Carts: Topper Industrial Quad Steer Delivery Carts are used in conjunction with a tugging vehicle such as a tugger or Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV). A Quad Steer Cart is an industrial cart with four wheel steering. Quad Steer carts track smoothly when being pulling with multiple carts in tow. They are designed to track well and handle tight turn radiuses.

Quad Steer Carts are delivery carts used to deliver and pickup material from a specific route along the factory floor. The Quad Steer Cart can remain attached to vehicle with multiple carts in tow. There is no need for uncoupling during delivery and pick up applications.

Types of Mother Daughter Cart Systems: A Mother Daughter Cart is an industrial cart system consisting of one large mother cart and two or more, smaller daughter carts. The daughter carts are designed to fit within the mother cart’s frame work. Once inside, the daughter carts are locked into the mother cart. The mother cart and daughter carts are then able to be tugged as one. Daughter Carts can be and 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. The Mother Daughter Cart System is a very flexible, effective cart system.

Mother Cart with Lifted Daughters.


  • Cart Delivery works seamlessly with growing material handling trends such as Lean Manufacturing and Industry 4.0.
  • Cart Delivery can be incorporated a little at a time. Even with small changes in material handling to FTF Cart Delivery,     end users find the many benefits gained when using FTF Cart delivery as a main reason in this growing trend.
  • Cart Delivery can be custom designed to fit any application and even very unique applications.

Example of 100% Fork Truck Free Plant: Material Handling Delivery Cart in Action. 

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. Follow on Twitter @TopperInd. Call 800-529-0909.

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