The Importance of Proper Material Handling in Warehouses

The process of transporting an item from A to B is simple enough. But what do you do when you have to transport an item that’s too heavy for the everyday worker? Why you use machinery and vehicles to transport the item in an easier and safer manner. And then what do you do when you have to place that heavy item in a specific and hard to reach storage area? There is machinery and vehicles that are made for this specific purpose, generally they’re called material handling equipment, but there is a plethora of different machines and methods for properly handling and storing items in a warehouse.

Hoisting Equipment

But before we even start with the machines and vehicles there are a few things every warehouse worker should consider. To apply proper materials handling in the warehouse every worker who is tasked with transporting items to storage should have the right training for the equipment they use. Some equipment requires less training than others such as the trolley or the pallet truck, with them you simply need to fasten the item to the truck or trolley and push them to your desired destination. But some items can’t be pushed into place so the use of hoisting equipment is required.

Most of the hoisting equipment for sale in the Australian market can be used with the lift of a forklift or a small crane. Hoisting devices fall under the categories of jacks, winches, hand hoists, pulley block, cranes, lifts and bucket elevators. All of them lift the item and either transfer it to another machine or set it in place in its storage area. Usually hoisting equipment is used only when the volume of material is too heavy to be transported in any other manner. And since most cranes are simply too large to fit into the interior of a warehouse they’re commonly found in a large open storage area with large containers that have multiple units inside.

Aside from the many different types of hoisting equipment for sale you could use conveyors which either move materials from one point to another, or move materials through various stages such as receiving, packaging and shipping. While this method is the most streamlined it’s also only applicable when you have a crew to place the items from the conveyor to the storage area or prepare them for the shipping process. Afterwards the items still need to be transported via forklift or pallet truck to either storage or the truck used for shipping the items to the retailer.