Australian Toppy installations top a half century

Graffica has been handling the Toppy range of materials handling equipment since its inception ten years ago. Over that period 50 Toppy units have been installed Australia wide, from Darwin to Tasmania, where the latest unit was installed in Burnie in January this year.

Neil Southerington of Graffica confirms that printers appreciate the occupational health and safety advantages that accrue with the installation of a Toppy unit. "It's good to see that even in difficult times printers are still investing in commonsense equipment that speeds throughput and eliminates back injury, the number one source of injury in the printing industry."

The most popular unit in the range for the smaller print shop with one to three presses either A1 or A2 is the Toppy Junior (pictured right) with a capacity of 1000kg. The same unit with full electronic drive (Standard Toppy) suits operations with multiple presses and the need to transport and turn stacks anywhere in the factory from pressroom, bindery to dispatch. This same model with wide feet is the choice of print hideers who have no control over the type of pallet they receive. Standard Toppy units are available in the popular 1000kg unit plus 1500kg or 1800kg versions for plastics and other heavy duty operations.

The new Toppy Kompressor released at drupa has a built-in air jogger, full electronic drive and 1000kg or 1500kg capacity. Toppy also manufactures full logistic systems for press and die-cutting operations as well as tailor-made solutions such as the Maxi Toppy with wide feet specially made to take 1700 x 1200mm corrugated material for a Sydney company.

"Pushing and pulling an 800kg stack around a concrete floor is not only dangerous to the worker, it is also double handling. Having to flip over heavy art papers and board is definitely a health hazard and an accident waiting to happen. Toppy eliminates pallet trucks and back injuries in one go," Southerington observes. "There are cheap static units that will do a job but as always you get what you pay for. With some 10,000 units worldwide in printing, packaging and pharmaceutical industries, the Toppy Mobile Turner is not number one by accident!"