Zone

Definition: What is a Zone? Material handling facilities use zones to control traffic, especially in situations where there are more than one automatic guidance vehicles (AGV) in operation. There are several ways to help control the traffic, both within and between the zones. They include zone control, forward sensing control, and combination control. Zone control …

Belt Conveyor

Definition: What is a Belt Conveyor? One of the basic tools in material handling industry, belt conveyors are most commonly used in transportation of bulk materials (grain, salt, coal, ore, sand, etc.). Belt conveyor systems consist of two or more pulleys (a.k.a. drums). An endless loop of carrying medium—the conveyor belt— rotates about them. To …

Gravity Conveyor

Definition: What is a Gravity Conveyor? Gravity conveyor is an unpowered conveyor such as a gravity chute or a roller conveyor that uses the force of gravity to move materials over a downward path. A gravity conveyor is used to transport articles with sufficient weight to allow them to move unassisted downwards, usually on an …

Vertical Storage Unit

What is a Vertical Storage Unit? Warehouse racking systems vary based on planned use. Vertical racking involves racking standard pallets vertically, reaching heights of 40 feet or more. These racks can be configured to different pallet or carton sizes. Such configurations help eliminate dead space in the racking and cube out the warehouse. Where multiple …

Storage POD

Definition: What is a Storage POD? A part of automated storage and retrieval systems, storage pods are basic workstations that integrate the work of several types of equipment, mainly carousels. The systems work with high-rise pallet racks that store a wide range of variously shaped items. Wire-guided order picking vehicles and lift trucks directed by …