The term “material handlers” covers a broad range of industrial equipment. Any type of generally large machine or appliance used to move, control, protect or store materials in the manufacturing, distribution and disposal process can fall under this rather large umbrella.
Categories of material handling equipment include storage and handling, engineered systems, industrial trucks and bulk material handling. Each has their own purpose and use, but all are essential to warehouse, manufacturing and industrial environments. They help to keep processes running smoothly, increase productivity, and ease heavy transportation and moving burdens for workers.
Storage and handling equipment is used for holding materials while they are awaiting use, and they typically aren’t automated. Items such as racks, shelves and pallets are examples of things found in this category. This type of equipment increases production efficiency and saves space.
Engineered systems are automated combinations of units for the purpose of storage and transportation. Automated guided vehicles (AGVs), conveyor systems and robotic delivery systems fall under this category. So does the automated storage and retrieval system (AS/RS). This is a large automated device that contains racks, shelves and aisles. It’s used to select and retrieves items as needed.
Industrial trucks cover a wide assortment of equipment, all used in transportation. They can range in size from small hand-operated examples to large-scale mechanical kinds. They can lift, provide power assistance, be driven independently or run on automated tracks. Examples of industrial trucks include order pickers, pallet jacks, walking stackers, side loaders and platform trucks.
Bulk material handling refers to the transportation, control and storage of both loose and bulk items. The kinds of equipment in this category move and funnel all sorts of items in a variety of ways. Bucket and grain elevators, stackers, conveyor belts, and reclaimers are found in this group.
If you’re in need of material handlers for your warehouse or manufacturing needs, you’ll find all kinds listed at Equipment Trader. There are a variety of search terms for your convenience so you can find exactly the type of equipment you need in your neck of the woods.