Material Handling Equipment plays an important role in manufacturing and logistics. They are mechanical equipment used for the movement, storage and protection of goods throughout the process of manufacturing, distribution, consumption and finally, disposal. Almost every type of goods or load needs to be transported by material handling equipment in plants and warehouses. The primary objective of a material handling equipment is to reduce the unit cost of production.
Material Handling Equipment is integral to the design of efficient flow of material and processes. Whenever technically and economically feasible, material handling equipment can be used to reduce and replace the need to manually handle material. Most existing material handling equipment are semi-automated because a human operator is still needed for tasks like loading/unloading and driving that are difficult and/or too costly to fully automate. However, ongoing advances in sensing, machine intelligence, and robotics have made it possible to fully automate an increasing number of handling tasks.