Material handling is the movement, protection, storage and control of materials and products throughout manufacturing, warehousing, distribution, consumption and disposal. As a process, material handling incorporates a wide range of manual, semi-automated and automated equipment and systems that support logistics and make the supply chain work.

There is a variety of manual, semi-automated and automated material handling equipment and technologies available to aid in the movement, protection, storage and control of materials and products throughout manufacturing, distribution, consumption and disposal.

These include:
  • Automated storage and retrieval systems
  • Automatic guided vehicles (AGVs)
  • Automatic identification & data collection
  • Casters and wheels
  • Controls
  • Conveyors
  • Dock equipment
  • Ergonomics
  • Hoisting equipment
  • Industrial robots
  • Integrated material handling systems
  • Item order fulfillment systems
  • Lift trucks
  • Monorails and workstation cranes
  • Overhead cranes
  • Packaging
  • Protective guarding
  • Racks
  • Software
  • Sortation
  • Storage