Logistics plays an important role in the movement of things between the manufacturing point to the point of consumption where it is used by the customers. That being so, material handling equipment shortens delivery time, improves customer service, reduces inventory, and lowers handling costs.

Warehousing is an important part of the logistics management system, and common processes that happen in a warehouse are receiving, putting away, picking, packing, and shipping products/goods. Meanwhile, the most important pieces of equipment used to complete warehouse processes are the industrial trucks and the equipment used to handle bulk material.

Industrial Trucks in a Warehouse

Pallet Trucks

They are small, highly maneuverable and excellent for moving individual pallets at the ground level to long distances. They are used to loading goods into a vehicle through the loading dock.

Reach Trucks

Used in narrow and tall spaces, they are stacking trucks designed for load handling. Moreover, they are used for storing and retrieving pallets from racks and help in precise pallet picking.

Order Pickers

They lift the operators to the height of the industrial storage racks to allow them to pick items and place them on the machine’s carry deck. And they can move well in narrow aisle environments.

Standup Trucks

They help the operator get off and on frequently and have better sightlines. They are useful in warehouses that have tight corners and narrow aisles.

Tow Trucks

A front towing truck hitches up to trailers to tow the trailers around the warehouse. They are used in warehouses that handle itemised goods rather than pallets and can handle multiple loads at once.

Tugger Carts

They are used to transport heavy equipment across the floor by driving the carts manually.

Bulk Material Handling Equipment in a Warehouse

These are handling equipment used to store and transport bulk material in warehouses:

Stackers

It is a motorised truck used to lift things from the ground and place them on shelves.

Reclaimers

This is a machine with a rotating scoop to pick up dumped things from the ground and place them on a conveyor belt.

Hoppers

They store material in a large funnel-like structure and release exact quantities from the bottom.

Conveyor Belts

Conveyor systems that transport material through moving belts.

Screw Conveyor

It is a screw-shaped device in which the screw turns to move the material.

Rotary Car Dumper

It is a device that turns a rail car to dump out its contents.

Bucket Elevators

A series of buckets are attached to a belt to vertically transport small items. The buckets scoop up the material when they are at the bottom of the belt and disperse the material when they reach the top.

Why Are They Needed to Handle Materials Efficiently?

They help you to transport materials safely and reduce damages to them. You can find, move and ship materials easily and save time spent on moving products and handling equipment protect the integrity of the goods and improve productivity. With them, material handling processes are simplified, and employees can complete their work faster. Besides, when all the pallets are stored in an organised way, it increases the speed of the workers and saves space in the warehouse. By organising your warehouse, you can keep it clean and arrange it into a sensible system.

When you store all materials, components, and finished products in your warehouse, you can focus better on your business and achieve better results. Nevertheless, a well-maintained warehouse minimises risks and helps you provide excellent customer service.

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