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Material Handling

Job sites as well as factories, warehouses and other storage facilities usually require not only the storage but also the transfer of materials, which is where materials handling products come into play. These materials handling products make things much more efficient, are time savers and safety conscious, too.

What is Materials Handling?

A simplified definition of materials handling, according to Wikipedia, is that it encompasses “all equipment that relates to the movement, storage, control and protection of materials, goods and products throughout the process of manufacturing, distribution, consumption and disposal. Material handling equipment is the mechanical equipment involved in the complete system. Material handling equipment is generally separated into four main categories: storage and handling equipment, engineered systems, industrial trucks, and bulk material handling.”

How Can Materials Handling Equipment Help You?

Materials handling equipment may be used to help keep track of inventory by having everything well organized and improve efficiency by having equipment to do the big jobs that would require several workers to do, such as moving large quantities of supplies in far less time. This can be a significant savings. In addition to the monetary aspect of materials handling equipment, using special equipment instead of your employees cuts down on accidents and increases job safety.

Types of Materials Handling Equipment

There are various types of materials handling equipment. The ones you choose to buy will depend upon your individual needs in the workplace and the sort of business you have. Here are the basic types of materials handling equipment:

  • Storage and Handling Equipment This category includes such non-automated things as pallet racks, shelving, carts and more.
  • Engineered Systems typically custom engineered material handling systems. Conveyors and many other automated materials handling systems fall into this category.
  • Industrial Trucks This usually applies to motorized vehicles that are operator driven such as forklifts, tow tractors and stock chasers. These are almost always powered by electricity, gas or propane.

Bulk materials handling equipment is needed in many operations. This includes such equipment as on-rails transfer carts and conveyors.

A simplified definition of materials handling, according to Wikipedia, is that it encompasses “all equipment that relates to the movement, storage, control and protection of materials, goods and products throughout the process of manufacturing, distribution, consumption and disposal. Material handling equipment is the mechanical equipment involved in the complete system. Material handling equipment is generally separated into four main categories: storage and handling equipment, engineered systems, industrial trucks, and bulk material handling.”

Whatever your materials handling needs may be, you can find the best selection of high quality products at the best prices in the industry when you shop with Get Tools Direct! Included are such products as:

  • Waste and Storage Bins
  • Forward Bulk Bin Tippers
  • Crane and Overhead Lifting
  • Drum Storage Systems
  • Quickhitch, Telehandler and Skid Steer Attachments
  • Non Hydraulic Forklift Attachments
  • Storage Cages
  • Hydraulic Forklift Attachments

Check with Get Tools Direct if you need a platform truck, material handling equipment or other workshop tools and start saving time and money by shopping online!

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