Elements of an Effective Material Handling System

Logistics Tech Outlook | Friday, October 01, 2021

Material handling systems are essential for every manufacturing business to save time and cost in the production process.

Fremont  CA: Material handling systems are required by almost every business that deals with raw materials, semi-finished commodities, or finished goods. Material handling solutions can dramatically boost a company's efficiency and output. Material handling systems are used to move things from one location in a production unit to another, pack/unpack goods, store goods, and save time and money in the production process.

Essential elements of a material handling system are as follows:


Planning is the first and foremost process any production unit has to undergo before starting the actual production. Material handling systems help plan the movement, storage, and delivery of goods to reduce any potential risks.


When the material handling work gets too much, mistakes are bound to happen. There can be a significant reduction in the workload and any workers’ mistakes with prior and effective planning. Material handling systems also suggest tools that need to be used for handling materials for performing different activities.


When there is no standard by which the organization can complete work and monitor performance, problems can arise in material handling. Industrial material handling systems make it possible to standardize how materials are handled, reducing the risk of missing or spoiling commodities. Furthermore, standardized handling lowers the time and resource waste, resulting in increased company efficiency.

Unit load

A unit load is a particular load of goods that can be counted as a single unit. Material handling systems provide tools that create smart unit loads for reducing worker’s load, accidents and increase operational efficiency.


Employees often have to perform repetitive tasks in a manual material handling process which can strain or cause injuries to specific body parts. Ergonomics is the process of designing a material handling system that provides employees with a comfortable and safe working environment, hence reducing injuries. Material handling systems can aid with physically demanding activities as well as mental exhaustion.

Integrated system

System integration can improve productivity by integrating all the supply chain activities into one system. A material handling system combines several different material handling tasks so that they run smoothly. These technologies enable the organization to identify how resources are distributed, the most efficient transportation flow, and how information is transmitted across departments during manufacturing and processing.

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