Material handling equipment is mechanical equipment that is used for the movement, storage, control, and protection of materials and goods through the process of manufacturing, distribution, and consumption. The material handling equipment sector, therefore, includes a wide range of vehicles and appliances that are used in a number of situations. The material handling industry, thus, deals with equipment that helps with the movement and storage of goods and products at multiple sites, including construction sites.
Material handling equipment can be classified into four types; transport equipment, positioning equipment, unit load formation equipment, and storage equipment.
Transport equipment is used to move material from one location to the next, while positioning equipment is used to change the position of the product at a single location. Transport equipment can include cranes, conveyor belts, and industrial trucks. Cranes are common on many construction sites, and are used for lifting heavy objects like steel beams, concrete sections, and other materials to the upper floors of a high-rise building. The different types of cranes include all terrain cranes, truck mounted cranes, and lattice boom cranes.
Industrial trucks are trucks that are not licensed to travel on public roads, and are used to move materials over different paths when a conveyor belt cannot be used. Production trucks, or dump trucks, are used to transport loose material, like sand or gravel for construction. Dump trucks are normally equipped with a hydraulically operated open-box bed hinged at the rear, with the front being able to be lifted up to allow the contents to fall out on the ground. There are different kinds of dump trucks, including the transfer dump truck, semi-trailer end dump truck, and the standard dump truck.
Unit load formation equipment is used to restrict materials so that they remain safe during transportation and storage. Examples of this kind of equipment include pallets, skids, and slipsheets. A pallet is a platform made of wood, with space to enable the insertion of forks to be able to lift the platform. A slipsheet is a thick piece of fibre or plastic, where the load is placed. This sheet has tabs that can be grabbed by a lift truck, and is normally used to reduce weight and volume of the object.
Storage equipment is used to hold the materials for a specific period of time; and the design of each type of storage equipment corresponds to specific objects and materials that can be stored within.
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