Fall 2008  

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It’s PACK EXPO time again — PACK EXPO 2008 is rapidly  approaching. PACK EXPO will focus on the latest developments in packaging technology, and will showcase exhibitors’ state-of-the-art advances in packaging machinery, materials, packages and containers. The industry’s premier companies will be exhibiting and making product introductions at the show.

Attending Pack Expo is the ideal way to bring yourself up to date on the latest industry trends and new product technology all in one convenient location. PACK EXPO 2008 will feature 1700+ companies with 45000+ attendees expected, including 6,000 international visitors from more than 125 countries.

Make sure to visit the TOPS Engineering Corporation at
Booth N-3128. TOPS will also be offering training classes for current maintenance subscribers. Space is limited so make sure to sign up early.

                              See you in Chicago!

Upcoming Event
TOPS Exhibiting at PACK EXPO 2008

MVP Event
Free Training at Pack Expo 2008
Class Schedule
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New Software Releases now shipping!
TOPS Pro 5.7
MaxLoad Pro 3.0  

MVP Training at PACK EXPO 2008

At PACK EXPO 2008, TOPS again is organizing free training classes for its MVP members. During the 5-day event, four training sessions will be held, on Monday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 11th.

Training will take place in McCormick Place South Building, Room S-504bc.  The room is located outside the conference area and you don't need to register for PACK EXPO to attend the training.


Date Time  
     TOPS Pro - Beginner Nov 10th, Monday 9AM - 12PM
     TOPS Pro - Intermediate Nov 10th, Monday 2PM - 5PM
     TOPS Pro - Advanced Nov 11th, Tuesday 9AM - 12PM
     MaxLoad Pro Nov 11th, Tuesday 2PM - 5PM
     Presentation: Low Cost
     Solutions to Go Lean & Green
Nov 12th, Wednesday 10AM - 11:30AM

Class Descriptions:

TOPS Pro - Beginner: Introduction to TOPS Pro, this session is for users who are new to or have very limited knowledge of the program. We will cover TOPS typical usage including case sizing, product arrangement, pallet and layer configuration, truck loading and reporting.

TOPS Pro - Intermediate: For users who have basic knowledge of TOPS Pro but like to get familiar with more advanced functions such as MixPro, CASY, design box style, shipcase consolidation, package profile and more.

TOPS Pro - Advanced: This session is for advanced users. Emphasis will be placed on how to customize TOPS to the way you use the program. Topics will include setting defaults, quick print report template, setting up report statistics, data import, export to Word/Excel, publishing analysis and more. This session will devote more time to Q&A where your questions and suggestions to the program will be addressed and discussed.

MaxLoad Pro: This session will introduce mixed product loading to TOP Pro users. You will learn the basic functionality of MaxLoad including how to define SKUs, create unitloads and mixed pallets as well as how to use the different loading and stacking rules to maximize and optimize containers or trucks. Case studies of unbelievable benefits and savings will be presented.

Low Cost Solutions to Go Lean & Green: This presentation will focus on demonstrating ideas and low cost software solutions to becoming lean and green in packaging and transportation of goods.

Free Software Upgrade

The much-anticipated new releases of TOPS Pro and MaxLoad Pro have now arrived. TOPS Engineering will debut the latest versions of both TOPS and MaxLoad at  the PACK EXPO 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. Take advantage of the unique opportunity to be one of the first to premier the new software releases.

If you are a current subscriber to the program's Support and Maintenance Plan (MVP), please don't forget to send in your license to receive this free upgrade.  If you are unsure about your MVP status, please call our MVP team anytime at 972-739-8677.

                                   Download Software Upgrade Request Form

MaxLoad Pro Software
Version 3.0 New Feature Summary -
Download Release Summary


Support new vehicle types including side-bay trucks, flat-beds and ULDs
Support wheel wells and corner boxes to define unloadable areas
Enhanced editing including mixed pallets editing inside vehicles
New split/dual view editing on vehicle load for better visualization and drag & drop maneuvers
Direct output to PDF files without the use for Adobe Acrobat or other third party tools
Allows users to rotate layers when creating unitload
Enhanced mixed pallet calculations to create stable layers and loads
Allow partial unitloads in vehicles
Automatic data import from shared FTP locations
Improved loading algorithms
Ability to output all unitloads from MaxLoad database to an XML or CSV file


Side-bay Truck 

Improved mixed pallets

TOPS Pro Software
Version 5.7 New Feature Summary - Download Release Summary

RFID tag placement optimization - helps determine the best pallet pattern for maximum RFID tag readability
Optimize primary pack size to fit pallet
Use multiple (up to four) slave pallets on top of a regular pallet
Double face Euro pallet
New filters (safety margin and box performance) for stacking analysis
Expanded solution sorting (based on Cubic Efficiency, Case/Layer or Layers/Unitload)
Export to Excel
Enhanced statistics - specify if unitload data will include pallet height or pallet weight
Improved export to robotic palletizer
More solutions - the maximum number of solutions shown for each analysis can be set in a new INI file
Option to add tare and maximum weight of shipcases in calculations
Slave Pallets
RFID Tag Placement

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