September 2005    

In this issue

TOPS Pro 5.20 Sneak Preview

TOPS Tech Tip - How to create shipcase

Know your license serial number when calling for technical support

MaxLoad Workshop - Edit your Loads with MaxLoad Pro's 3D Editor

See us at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2005, September 26-28

TOPS has Moved !

TOPS has officially moved into its new office located on the 6th floor at 275 West  Campbell Road in Richardson, Texas.

The new office is 30% bigger and has a new training facility with a 50" plasma TV/monitor perfectly setup for your next training in Dallas. There's also a server room equipped with new servers to host our web-based applications.

Stop by our new office when you visit the big D next time or call us to schedule your next training here at (972) 739-8677 or e-mail at

TOPS Pro 5.20

Here is a sneak preview of some of the key enhancements you will find in the next release (version 5.20) of TOPS Pro.
MixPro Auto Load Generator - An automatic calculation engine to place mixed size shipcases onto a pallet which is optimized for aisle display in club stores. Users can specify arrangement preference in layer, column or row. An optional labeling function is also available to indicate the front side of shipcases.
Advance Container Optimization - This new option allows you to load shipcases directly on the side or on top of unitloads in order to fill all available space inside the truck or container.
Enhanced Reports - The Package Specification will compose of up to 6 panels for more package illustrations and statistics. Users can also change the fonts used in these reports to accommodate more texts.
Auto Export Functionality - This enhanced function will automatically export analysis data from TOPS Pro to other systems like SAP or other ERP systems.
Text Search Capability - A new search function to enable users search up to 20 fields like customer names, descriptions, cube specifications, etc.
New Shapes - The sample database will come with more shapes including stand-up pouches and fold up boxes.
Ready to use Templates - The new release will ship with sample templates for importing shipcases, pallets, vehicles and more.
OptiLedge in TOPS Pro

In the next release of TOPS Pro, you will also see a new pallet type called OptiLedge. This is a new unit load packing system which fits the shipping platform to the products being shipped. Made from high impact copolymer polypropylene, the ultra-light L-shape OptiLedge provides an effective and economical way to pack unit loads of up to 3,000 pounds in a normal transport mode environment. For more details, please visit OptiLogistics web site at or stop by TOPS booth at C-3810 during PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2005.

  Creating Shipping Case in TOPS Pro

There are three ways to create shipping cases in TOPS Pro:
1) Using Define Shipping Case function
2) Using the "Save SC" option when saving an analysis
3) Using the Import function under the Tools menu

Please use this link to open a PDF document for a more detailed description of each method.


Calling for Technical Support

As MVP customers, you are entitled to unlimited technical support. To receive instant support you can email TOPS support group at or you can call 972-739-8677.

Whenever an issue is reported to technical support, the serial number is the first thing we need to verify your MVP status. The serial number of your license is a unique number for every license purchased by your company. This allows TOPS to look up the customer information as well as keep track of all technical support calls.

The serial number can be found hand-written on the back of the key license floppy diskette and can also be accessed within the software.

To read the serial number from within the software:
1) Log into your TOPS or MaxLoad software.
2) Select Help Menu, then select About for TOPS Pro/MaxLoad Pro, respectively.
3) Take note of the serial number as highlighted below before calling TOPS. This will expedite your call transfer to a technical support specialist.


Edit your Loads with MaxLoad Pro's Powerful 3D Editor

MaxLoad Pro comes with a powerful 3D editor which allows users to manually edit the load solutions. This workshop illustrates how to use this editor to perform the followings as well as to offer tips on how to build manual loads efficiently.

Change the view of the load (3D, top, side, front and back views)
Use short cut keys to rotate the load solution and change the zoom display in the g.o.d. window
Check property of individual SKUs or SKU placement in the container
Add SKUs and/or change quantity of SKU in the PicList

Open MaxLoad Pro 3D Editor Animated Tutorial



PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2005

TOPS Engineering will be exhibiting at PACK EXPO Las Vegas 2005, Booth C-3810 on September 26-28. TOPS will be showcasing new features of TOPS Pro version 5.05 as well as ePAC Pro. Come and talk to our sales and technical representatives and let us show you how how you can increase cube yield and reduce packaging and transportation costs by optimizing case sizes and pallet configurations.

To learn more about the conference and exhibits, please visit

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