Types of Material Handling Equipment

In factories and warehouses, heavy-duty equipment is often required to help move raw materials, and products, from one end to the other. When dealing with bulky items, it becomes necessary to invest in some form of equipment to transport the goods from one place to the next. Therefore, the quality of one’s material handling equipment becomes critical to the success of the factory, or the manufacturer. The equipment used can have a positive, or negative, effect on one’s profits and one’s returns from the company. Therefore, it is important to invest in efficient equipment, to ensure that the future of the company is a positive one.

The type of equipment used is broken down into four different categories, with the category being based on the role the equipment plays during the manufacturing process.
Internal equipment includes the kind of equipment used to transport materials within the factory, from one point to the next. This can include conveyor belts, forklifts, or hoists that are used to move materials. Internal equipment can be used on assembly lines, in packing rooms, and even in storing raw materials within warehouses for future use. External equipment is used to transport materials and goods outside the factory, from one point to the next. This kind of equipment includes shipping containers and commercial trucks, which are used to move products from factories and warehouses to stores and retail outlets, or from the factory to people’s homes.


Positioning material handling equipment is used to reposition materials, which can include automated machines. These machines are able to orient parts to fit together on an assembly line, making it easier and faster to produce goods on a large scale. This type of equipment can also include hoists and forklifts, to move and position products and raw materials.
Storage and retrieval equipment involve equipment that is used to shelve and rack the goods within the warehouse or factory. This can include forklifts to lift heavy materials to higher shelfs, and can include shelving systems and cabinets for smaller materials and products. When it comes to heavier material, it is easier to store them directly on the floor, or at lower spaces – whereas lighter materials are stacked on top.
Finally, identification and control equipment can involve systems that are used to track the goods while they are en route to the destination, and can involve systems that will do your inventory for you. When dealing with a large warehouse, it becomes extremely difficult to individually categorize all the material present. Therefore, there are systems and programs available that will do your inventory for you, making it easier and more efficient to keep track of all of your items.

Optimum Handling Solutions is a company dedicated to providing their clients with efficient ergonomic equipment to be used in the workplace. The equipment sold will allow you to increase productivity and workplace safety, while reducing the chances of injury in the workplace. Furthermore, you will be able to communicate with company personnel on the best kind of equipment that you can use in the factory, making it easy for you to create a safe, efficient work environment.