Material Handling

The objective is to ensure that goods are delivered to the right places at the right time and in the right manner to avoid delays, congestion and unnecessary handling. A big percentage of production cost is taken up by material handling activities. A good material handling system should minimize these costs.
The manager needs to determine the type of equipment to be used to handle the material. The type of equipment that is most frequently used includes: Cranes, Lifts, Trucks and Conveyors
Various factors influence the type of materials to be used in handling the materials. They include the type of materials being moved, volume of materials, rate or frequency of movement, route of movement speed required, method of storage employed and safety or hazards involved.

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