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4 Must Read Articles Explaining Material Handling Equipment

by Valley Box Company on Wed, Aug 5, 2015

Incorporating material handling equipment into any manufacturing business is always a smart move. Whether you’re looking for material handling solutions for your distribution center, assembly line, warehouse, stockroom, or anywhere else moving loads is required. Some of the different types of material handling solutions include multi use systems, positioning equipment, storage equipment, transport equipment, and custom fabricated steel fixtures.

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Custom fabricated steel fixtures are perfect for assembly lines, distribution centers, stock rooms and warehouses. Incorporating material handling equipment into your production process can:

  • Add internal strength
  • Augment part protection
  • Boost worker safety
  • Eliminate wide load shipping permits
  • Extend Reusability
  • Improve inner plant logistics
  • Increase shop floor space
  • Optimize your production line
  • Refine handling and staging
  • Increase lean manufacturing success

Multi Use Systems

Must read article:  Multi Use Systems Material Handling Equipment, a Win-Win Strategy for Manufacturers

Multi use systems are custom engineered material handling systems. They are often a combination of products integrated to one system. A good example is a build stand that is utilized throughout the entire assembly line, eliminated time consuming part transfer time. 

 

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The following are just a few examples of multi use systems:

  • Assembly Stand
  • Product Build Stand
  • Shipping/Handling
  • Staging Stand

Positioning Equipment

Must read article: Avoid Employee Injuries with Positioning Equipment

Poorly positioned products and equipment can be dangerous for workers during transport, handling, storage and machining. This may also pose one of the biggest threats to your bottom line. To prevent worker injury and damage to products and materials, consider ergonomic positioning equipment such as waist level assembly or lift/rotation assistance. If your needs are unique, again, customization is always a viable option. For instance a cart used to load laboratory equipment into a processing machine with minimal physical effort on the part of the operator. 

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The following are just a few examples of positioning equipment:

  • Stock mover
  • Stock picker
  • Material flow
  • Work lifts
  • Hydraulic post tables
  • Product build stands

Storage Equipment

Must read article: Why You Should Invest in Storage Equipment

Storage equipment can enhance processes and increase safety. Storage equipment helps reduce or eliminate clutter, organize other equipment and tools, and preserve floor and storage space. When work areas operate efficiently and safely, employees are safe. Sometimes the part's weight will dictate the use of lifting equipment, the time it takes an operator to locate the equipment can be costly. In the example below a storage bin was placed on casters in order to expedite part acquisition by operators. 

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The following are just a few examples of storage equipment:

  • Carts
  • Racks
  • Shelves
  • Rails (for hanging)
  • Stationary fixtures

Transport Equipment

Must read article: Transport Equipment Keeps Everything Moving Smoothly

Transport equipment is equipment used to move material from one location to another for instance between workplaces, between a loading dock and a storage area, and more. The image below illustrates that by placing the part up on an angle the canted cradle can reduce the width of the load and therefore eliminates the added cost for transporting a wide load.

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Just a few types of transport equipment include:  

  • Bar/Pipe Transport Cart
  • Cantilever Carts
  • Dollies
  • Canted Cradles
  • Ergo handled carts
  • Flat Deck Industrial Carts
  • Mobile Storage Cabinets
  • Panel Sheet Cart
  • Stock Picker Trucks
  • Tool and Maintenance Carts



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