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A Crash Course on Material Handling Equipment

A Crash Course on Material Handling Equipment

You are now pretty much familiar with an array of construction equipment, especially bulky machines that make a contractor’s job a piece of cake.

If not, read my old blogs –

I have also stressed upon the superb quality of construction equipage that industrial crane manufacturers SGF Fab provide. Their tools are a class of their own. Reliability, durability, rust-resistance, and the ability to stand the test of time are some of the peerless characteristics of semi-gantry cranes, jib cranes, H.O.T. cranes, single girder/double girder EOT, and a host of other devices that crane manufacturers and suppliers SGF Fab afford.

If you are looking for a trustworthy company that can supply major construction tools, look no more. SGF Fab industries also deal in wonderful material handling equipment (MHE).

Some of you are clueless about MHE. This blog will be a crash course on the subject. Don’t fret.

If you want to move bags of cement from one part of the site to another, will you do it manually? The task is back-breaking (literally and metaphorically). MHE are useful for transportation, storage, and protection of bulky and important tools, as simple as that.

Plenty of items fall under this category, from tools and storage units to vehicles and major appliances. The four main categories are –

  • Bulk Material Handling Equipment
  • Engineered Systems
  • Industrial Trucks
  • Storage and Handling Equipment

Let’s go through each one of them.



1) Bulk Material Handling Equipment

These pieces of equipment are used when materials in bulk (or loose form) are to be stored, transported or controlled, like handling food, beverages, liquids, metallic items (screws and nuts), and minerals.

Conveyor belts are used for horizontal transportations, and elevators are used for vertical transportations.

Various other types

  • Bucket and Grain Elevators
  • Hoppers and Silos
  • Re-claimers
  • Stackers

2) Engineered Systems

Engineered systems are automated. They can be employed in a variety of units. Automated Storage/ Retrieval System (AR/RS) is one such example.

This device is gigantic and comes with racks, shelves, and aisles. The best part is this system can be manually operated also.

Various other types

  • Automated guided vehicles (AGVs)
  • Conveyor systems
  • Robotic delivery systems

3) Industrial Trucks

These devices can be hand-operated as well as motorized. Some equipment like pallet trucks add mobility to the materials being handled.

Some automated industrial trucks have anti-collision technology that can detect obstacles.

Various other types

  • Automated guided vehicles (AGVs)
  • Hand, platform and pallet trucks
  • Order pickers
  • Pallet jacks
  • Side-loaders
  • Walking stackers

4) Storage and Handling Equipment

A lot of storage items are not automated. Storage and handling equipment that are automated fall under engineered systems.

These pieces of equipment are used to handle and store materials and products that are not currently in use or about to enter the production process.

Space is imperative in a production environment. The better utilized your available space is, the more items you’ll be able to store. This means you can keep your workflow in operation for much longer without worrying about re-stocking. This helps is increasing your efficiency.

Various other types

  • Drive-through or Drive-in Racks
  • Pallet racks
  • Push-back racks
  • Shelving
  • Sliding racks
  • Stacking frames

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