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What is material handling?
Material handling is an important aspect for various types of industries and processes within industries. For example, any business that deals with manufacturing, that utilizes units or pallets of products, or that is involved in receiving, storing, or shipping basically any type of product, equipment, or materials may be able to benefit greatly from updating their material handling process. The material handling chain of events is threefold. First, it involves moving the materials. To move materials, you must have appropriate and effective material handling products, equipment, and supplies. The second part of the process is protected. No matter what you are shipping or receiving, you need to make sure it is adequately protected during the moving process until it reaches its destination. The third part of material handling is storage and control. Whether you are shipping or receiving units or pallets of any type of material, it is going to need to be stored somewhere, at least for a little white, and then its environment will need to be controlled. This could mean an environment that can handle the size or weight of the material or controlling the temperature.
Can we use material handling equipment to improve our workflow?
The efficiency of your workflow is directly tied to how successful your business is. Material handling equipment is specifically designed to make lifting, moving, and storing units and pallets easier and safer for your workers.
What specific types of industries rely most on material handling?
A wide variety of different types of industries utilize the equipment, supplies, and processes that are a part of material handling. Manufacturing plants, for example, often have raw materials or other types of materials shipped to the plant. Then, those materials need to be transported to the appropriate area within the plant. Finally, once the manufacturing process is complete, and you have a finished product or component of a product, material handling is then necessary to store the units within the manufacturing plant and then eventually to ship them elsewhere. The place where the units are shipped could be retail stores that will eventually sell completed products. You may also be shipping units to another manufacturing plant to complete the product or to a warehouse for storage. All along the way, various aspects of material handling are employed, including transporting, receiving, storing, and environmental control.
Why is it important for handling materials to be ergonomic?
Ergonomics is actually an important scientific discipline when it comes to material handling. It is the study of working environments to improve safety and productivity for workers. Studying these aspects of an employee’s work environments will reveal which systems, processes, equipment, or training and management practices could be altered to make the environment safer for workers or to help workers perform their job duties more efficiently. The final step is implementing these changes and continuing to observe the processes to ensure the changes are working to improve efficiency and safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC, has Ergonomic Guidelines for Manual Material Handling. These guidelines provide information about the importance of proper material handling processes. Ergonomic designs can reduce the number of injuries on the job, including injuries to the back, shoulders, legs, and arms. Injuries like this can not only lead to chronic problems for the worker or even permanent disability, but they also end up costing the employer in lost man hours and turnover, as well as through paying medical bills or through workers’ compensation insurance. Reducing the incidence and severity of injuries on the job is a key component to ergonomics, and ensuring that your processes are ergonomic will result in safer, more productive environments for your employees and increased profits for your company.
Can material handling products be used to move exceptionally heavy materials?
Along the same lines as ergonomic processes, changes can be made to your equipment and systems to help your workers lift, move, and store exceptionally heavy materials without causing injuries. Effective and ergonomically sound handling products are designed to ensure even the heaviest materials can be transported and handled with care. For example, conveyor systems are capable of moving very heavy and bulky units or pallets from one area to another. No matter if you need to move materials into your plant, onto a truck, or into a storage area, a conveyor system is a common, simple means of doing so, and there are countless examples just like this of effective material handling equipment.
Where can products be moved using material handling equipment?
Material handling equipment can help make moving products and materials a breeze. There are a lot of different types of equipment to make loading and moving as easy as possible for your workers. In some cases, you may need to move materials across a warehouse, outside to a loading dock, or unloaded from a truck. Even if you only have to move something from the floor to a conveyor system, the right handling equipment will ensure the job will get done as safely and efficiently as possible.
My employees are not professional material movers; can they still use the material handling equipment?
Material handling equipment is designed to ensure that anyone can be trained to use it. For example, a type of handling equipment that can make moving materials significantly easier is called a pallet truck. A pallet truck is a type of vehicle that is hand-operated and used to lift and carry pallets of materials. Even very heavy and bulky items can be efficiently handled using a pallet truck. This is the primary goal of all types of handling equipment.
What if I am not sure about what type of products I need?
When you choose ErgoSpec Material Handling, you do not need any prior knowledge of material handling equipment. We will listen carefully to the needs of your business and what you would like to improve about your processes. Then, we will suggest the types of equipment that can help you achieve your goals. We understand the importance of excellent customer service and provide it to each and every one of our customers.