|Features||LoadStak Pro||PackStak Pro||TOPSePAC||TOPS Pro|
|Multiple Pallet Database||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Stand Alone License||Yes||Yes||N/A||Yes|
|Paste on Graphics||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
|Exporting Options||Yes||Yes||Next Release||Yes|
|Truck Optimization||Yes||Yes||Next Release||Yes|
|Design New Shipper||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Shipcase Database Option||No||No||No||Yes|
|New Product Design Capabilities||No||No||No||Yes|
|CASY(Create a Shape Yourself)||No||No||No||Yes|
Descriptions of each Package Design Software Modules from TOPS
LoadStak Pro- designs pallet patterns based on the dimensions of your master shipcase and your pallet restrictions. Your pallet pattern can then be loaded into a transit vehicle. LoadStak also calculates stacking strength.
PackStak Pro-This module includes all of the functionality of Loadstak, plus the ability to design a new shipper around fixed cartons (carton and shipcase databases are not included—see TOPS for Windows for this feature). An extensive choice of carton and shipcase shapes is included to suit your specific needs. As with LoadStak, stacking strength calculations allow you to analyze various corrugated board grades to determine which grades provide the best performance given various environmental factors.
TOPS Pro -This is the flagship of the TOPS software lineup. Users benefit from the combined functionality of both LoadStak and PackStak, plus the addition of bulk product and intermediate packers into the design sequence. TOPS for Windows also includes new product design capabilities (i.e. new bags and cartons), shipcase consolidation (i.e. choosing from a database of shippers), and “old work” reproductions (i.e. fixed carton Ü fixed shipper). TOPS also has the new MixPro module for creating mixed pallets for display and CASY (Create a Shape Yourself) modules that can create just about any shape or tray you want!
Features Offered by Package Design Software from TOPS
Pallet Patterns - Design Pallet Patterns based on the dimensions of your master Shipcase and your pallet restrictions.
Stacking Strength - TOPS Pro offers a host of mechanical and environment analyses to ensure your savings in corrugated costs and minimize transient damages. It uses the McKee formula along with other factors to calculate Stacking Strength results based on Edge Crush, Ring Crush, or Kellicut answers. You have full flexibility to enter your own paper and board values.
Package Profile - It allows you to create a profile for a complete package analysis, sometimes called a cube specification. The package profile is designed for situations where many products use the same packaging. For example, if you package cereal, you can use the same box for several different brands of cereal.
Pallet Database - Calculate an analysis with all pallets in the TOPS Pro database. Now finding the best unitload efficiency is easier than ever! This feature is great for our European customers who must design packages to fit both Euro pallet (1200x800) and metric pallet (1200x1000).
Combined Report- Combines information from two analyses onto one printout. This Feature was designed so that both the knocked-down and erected palletizations of a shipcase can be included in a single report. However any two analyses can be included in the combined report.
Secondary Pallet Pattern - is used to create mixed layer pallet patterns. Those are non-homogenous (alternating layer) pallet patterns in which some of the layers maybe “borrowed” from other pallet patterns.
Network Version- A network-based software package, enabling users to access information from a single database. One concurrent licensing system is in place where the software controls the amount of users making modification at a single time. Multiple licenses can be purchased. The Network version also comes with a viewer or (Read Only) section where an unlimited number of individuals may review completed analysis.
Email - TOPS Pro has an internal email feature that allows you to email a standard printout directly to another person who may or may not have TOPS Pro. TOPS Pro also allows you to email an analysis and a stacking strength Board Combo List.
Shipcase database Option - As you work through analysis and create various types of shipcases, TOPS Pro allows you to save those shipcases to a shipcase database. Rather than enter shipcase parameters with each new analysis, this feature allows you to use shipcases already defined in the system.
Intermediate Packer - Use this icon if you have a product that is being packaged in a tray or carton which is then packed into a master carton, e.g. bottle going into a tray (intermediate pack) going into a master shipper.
MixPro Module - Mixed Pallet Module that allows users to create their own pallets for display with a 3D editor. Simply select your shipcases and click-and-drag them onto your pallet in any arrangement you could desire.
CASY (Create A Shape Yourself) - Allows you to design customer-shaped bottles, cans, shipcases, trays, etc. that has a custom, non-standard shape. You can use the CASY system to create a more realistic model of your product.