Materials Handling

Definition: What is Materials Handling? Moving goods or materials within short distances in a storage area is known as material handling (called by some materials handling). The activity includes loading, unloading, palletizing (storing and transporting goods stacked on pallets, shipped as unit loads), as well as, de-palletizing and a number of similar operations. Fork-lift trucks …

Material Handling Equipment

Definition: What is material handling equipment? Electric and internal combustion engine forklifts, reach trucks, order pickers and walkie/rider pallet jacks are the typical parts of the material handling equipment (MHE) fleet. Anything that relates to the movement, storage, control and protection of materials, goods and products throughout the process of manufacturing, distribution, consumption and disposal …

Honeycombing

Definition: What is Honeycombing? Unused space for pallets in high-density storage areas is known as honeycombing. It occurs when there are not enough unit-loads for an item to completely fill the storage area. Mixing SKUs (stock-keeping units) in high-density storage areas is usually not an option. Consequently, other materials cannot be stored in the pallet …

Hannibal Rack

Definition: What is Hannibal Rack? A tube rack system built by California-based Hannibal Industries provides a strong, safe alternative to conventional racking systems. It offers dual-moment resistance in both down-aisle as well as cross-aisle directions. It results in as much as 50 percent reduction in uplift on the footplate-to-slab calculation. This lowers slab uplift design …

Kanban Holders

Definition: What are Kanban Holders? Kanban is the Japanese word for signboard. Kanban holders are instruction placards placed on warehouse carts that contain materials scheduled for production. Kanban basically equals the “just-in-time” (JIT) system of warehousing, a manufacturing and warehousing strategy that sees individual parts produced or delivered only as needed; just-in-time (JIT). Toyota Motor …