Materials Handling Equipment – Part 4
The term ‘material handling equipment’ is relatively familiar with people working in warehouse areas. It encompasses a diverse range of vehicles, tools and storage equipments. Typically, a warehouse is used to store items, and then move them to where they are needed. The easier it is to move items, the more efficient your warehouse can be. To increase efficiency, you need to have the right tools for the job – it will make your employee’s lives easier, and cut down on the backbreaking strain they’d otherwise be exposed to with improper equipment. In CIPS L4M7 book – Whole Life Asset Management, the author has mentioned almost type of warehouse equipments with description for each one. However, we would like to provide image and some relevant information for each equipment to let you understand and apply for your job easily
ROLLER CONVEYORS are an industrial system designed to transport, accumulate and distribute goods between different points within a warehouse. Conveyors are an automatic system for transporting goods.These sets of rollers carry the load and propel it along a circuit.
OVERHEAD CRANE, commonly called a bridge crane, is a type of crane found in industrial environments. An overhead crane consists of parallel runways with a traveling bridge spanning the gap. A hoist, the lifting component of a crane, travels along the bridge.
CAROUSEL is an automated storage and retrieval device that uses a series of shelving units to rotate along a track to bring warehouse items to an operator. These devices range from vertical lift modules and vertical carousel systems to horizontal carousel systems and, along with many other wonderful features and benefits, they require less storage space and reduce inventory while simultaneously reducing picking errors.
STACKER CRANES are machines designed for the automated storage of materials. They travel along the aisles of the warehouse, where they enter, position and extract materials. The stacker cranes are guided by a management software system, which coordinates all the activities.
LADDER can be used to access to higher shelves or racking. However, it becomes unstable and even those with handrails are difficult to use when carrying stock