Primary Objectives of Material Handling Equipment

Logistics Tech Outlook | Tuesday, September 14, 2021

To increase production, improve safety, and minimize operating costs, companies must thoroughly understand industrial lifting and material handling equipment.

FREMONT, CA: Material handling is essential in nearly every business, from manufacturing to construction to shipping and transportation. The demand for effective, cost-efficient rigging equipment and lifting solutions has grown due to globalization and the rapid increase of online shopping.

Globalized supply chains and effective material handling facilities are closely connected. Both are concerned with the transportation of massive loads, such as rigging hardware, construction and machine parts, automobiles, and raw commodities.

The process of industrial lifting is complicated. Users could end up with possibly deadly injuries or defective products if they use the wrong rigging equipment or engage an untrained lifting team. Industrial rigging equipment (like wire rope slings, lifting shackles, crane lifting slings, aerial lifts, and forklifts) must be thoroughly understood.

Manual and Automatic Material Handling Equipment

Material handling equipment is a technology that enables users to transfer or lift materials from one location to another. Almost every industry uses manual and automated material handling equipment. Both forms of equipment have their own set of advantages and disadvantages.

Manual MHE

Manual MHE is less expensive and easier to operate, and it takes into account ergonomic aspects such as repetitive motions and challenging positions. It is risky because it has a higher rate of accidents. Manual handling is prone to mistakes, which can result in a lot of downtimes.

Automated MHE

Automated MHE is more costly and challenging to manage because it requires skilled workforce. But it is much less vulnerable to errors and damaged products. Automation can even boost productivity.

Objectives of a Material Handling System

Improved Productivity & Efficiency

A material handling system's goal is to boost operational performance and effectiveness. Loading, unloading, and transportation time for raw materials and finished items are reduced by utilizing automated industrial lifting and rigging equipment. There is no need for additional storage as the raw material spends less time on the docks or storage.

Reduced Waste

Material handling systems can help businesses reduce waste by optimizing the layout of the manufacturing facility. Users can ensure that they save time, space, and labor by conducting a detailed analysis of the material volumes, flow routes between operations, and timelines. It will also enable companies to reduce packing waste, like plastic wrap and cardboard boxes, and storage waste, like racks and custom-designed containers.

Improved Customer Service

Higher efficiency, better speed, lower production expenses, and dependable and timely supply are benefits of proper and enhanced materials handling systems. All these variables, in turn, aid in significantly improving customer service, particularly in the B2B market.

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