Material Handling Equipment 
15 May 2018
Delta Mat

Material Handling Equipment

At its simplest, material handling equipment are the machines used for moving, storing, controlling, and protecting goods and products.

Types of Material Handling Equipment

The following are some of the most common types of material handling equipment:

1. Bulk Material Handling Equipment
On December 1st, 1913, Henry Ford rolled out the first assembly line. This assembly line consisted of multiple conveyors that cut car production time from 12 hours to 2.5 hours. The innovation of the industrial assembly line introduced modern production efficiency.
  • Conveyors: These machines consist of continuous belts and/or rollers transporting products from one location to the next. There are multiple types of conveyors such as: gravity conveyors, power belt conveyors, and line shaft conveyors. Amazon warehouses use all of these types of conveyors.
  • Conveyor Systems: This is an integrated network of conveyors that save time and hassle, specifically when it comes to transporting bulk materials. In Amazon's Robinsville, New Jersey warehouse, the average travel distance on a conveyor for a package is 14 miles!
  • Robotic Delivery Systems/Automated Guided Vehicles: There are a few select warehouses around the country using robotic systems to transport products throughout the warehouse grounds.
2. Storage and Handling Equipment
  • Pallet Racks: Bolted or boltless, close-tubed pallet racks work great for storing larger, heavier materials.
  • Drive-through Racks: This type of rack provides very dense storage for many pallets of the same product.
  • Guard Net System: This 100% nylon mesh net attaches to the back of the racks to provide a safeguard for employees and products.
  • Mezzanines: These are intermediate floor systems that provide a second level of storage, essentially doubling available storage space.
  • Cantilever Racking: These are racks made with individual arms that store long loads. The arms provide a long shelf that allows any length load to be stored.
  • Industrial Boltless Shelving and Record Storage Units: These are your standard shelving systems that are for smaller and lighter materials in comparison to pallet racks.
3. Industrial Trucks
  • Forklifts: Depending on the material, there are forklifts with lifting capacity of 3000lbs and there are forklifts with the lifting capacity of 17,500lbs. Like any vehicle, forklifts come with accessories such as: side shifter, paper roll clamps, carton clamps, cotton clamps, fork extensions, safety lights, or wireless fork scales.
  • Hand Truck (Dolly): Depending on what is being transported, there are multiple types of hand trucks. FOr example, there are aluminum hand trucks with load capacities of 600lbs and there are steel folding hand trucks with deck sizes of 19x29 to 23x35. There are also hydraulic lift hand trucks with a 750lb capacity.
  • Pallet Jacks: These are used as an inexpensive way to move pallets from point “A” to point “B”. They can also be used to load and unload trucks. Pallet Jacks do not have the ability to stack product like a forklift.
  • Stackers: This machine combines the feature of a pallet jack and a forklift. They are an alternative to a forklift, which allows for stacking products or loading palletized products on pallet racks.

Need Material Handling Equipment?
If you need assistance choosing the right Material Handling Equipment for your warehouse needs, Delta Materials Handling has an experienced and dedicated team of professionals at your disposal. Contact us at 800-624-9771, or enquire online today.


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