What is material handling?
Material handling is the movement and storage of goods/materials through manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, consumption and disposal.
What are the types of material handling?
There are four main types of material handling equipment these include storage, bulk material handling, industrial trucks, and engineered systems.
Storage material handling equipment includes the basic shelves and racks where you store your materials between receiving and shipping.
Bulk material handling is a lot of material together, which requires a large cylinder or a conveyor belt for example.
Industrial trucks are pieces of equipment that move material, these can be automatic or operated by workers. These include pallet trucks, order pickers and forklifts.
Engineered systems are more complex, these are used to make the movement of materials more efficient. An example is an automated storage and retrieval system.
Why is material handling important?
Material handling is vital for a successful warehouse environment. It makes things easier to move around, find and ship out. It also reduces the chance of a workplace accident.
Material handling can cut costs with time spent moving things around the warehouse and reduce the chance of damaging products as they are properly and safely transported.