Material Handling equipment is very important in supply chain management professionals, why?

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There are different types of material handling devices tools and vehicles used in transportation storage and tracking. There are mainly four types of material handling equipment. They are Storage Equipment, Engineered Systems, Industrial Trucks, and Bulk Material Handling Devices.

Storage Handling Equipment
This equipment does not come under automated equipment used for holding or buffering materials during downtime or when the material is not transported. As far as long-term transportation is considered this is a temporary arrangement during the pausing of the stock. These kinds of storage handling equipment usually include pallets, shelves, racks, etc. The materials and products are usually stacked in this storage equipment and different companies employ different types of storage equipment to save storage space. Drive Racks, Push Back racks, Sliding Racks Stacking Frames, etc also comes under Storage Handling Equipment.

Engineered Systems
These are systems consisting of different units working together for enabling transportation and storage. These are usually automated storing and retrieval systems working inside the manufacturing unit. This shuttle system of retrieval is usually running on the cherry-picking model of movement through shelves racks and shelves. One of the main advantages of such systems is the quick locating feature. There are also other classifications of engineered systems including conveyor systems and robotic delivery systems.

Industrial Trucks
These are different kinds of transportation vehicles used in material handling in manufacturing facilities. Small hand-operated trucks, pallet jacks, and different kinds of forklifts come under this category of industrial trucks. Industrial trucks have different functions depending upon the operation performed. Some of these trucks have forks while some have a flat surface and the operation can either be power operated or manual. Different kind of industrial trucks includes hand trucks, pallet trucks, walkie stacker, and platform trucks.

Bulk Material Handling Equipment
These are material-handling devices for handling loose materials in bulk. Conveyor belts elevators etc are coming under this classification which allows a material to be handled in drums and hoppers. Stacker, Reclaimers, Bucket elevators Grain elevators Silos, etc also comes under bulk material handling equipment.

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