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Utilities of manual material handling

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Utilities of manual material handling

Manual material handling refers to the unassisted movement of objects, often resulting in twisted and awkward postures resulting in musculoskeletal disorders. Additionally, with an increase in the female population at workplaces and an aging workforce in general, the risk of injuries due to manual material handling has definitely increased. Having the right material handling equipment has become a must for smooth and efficient workflow and high productivity.Most industrial occupations involve heavy labour which invariably leads to accidents and hazards. Materials handling and storage in various industries include various operations such as hoisting tons of steel with cranes; Driving a truck full of concrete blocks; carry bags or materials by hand; and pallet bricks or other materials such as drums, barrels, kegs and wood stacking.


A survey shows that an estimated 30 percent of employees are exposed to lifting hazards on a daily basis. Material handling equipment is an essential solution to reduce the risk of physical injuries to employees in the workplace. Material handling equipment can be custom made to any shape or form to suit any application. Material handling equipment at Reflex equip is used to transport, stack, retrieve and feed bulk materials.


The concept of material handling equipment is to provide bulk material management solutions to industries worldwide. Rollers, belts and chains are among the items that can be incorporated into a custom-made piece of material handling equipment. A variety of hydraulic and electric drives are also available. Every piece of equipment is rigorously built for many years of operation.


Selection of the right material handling equipment


Proper selection of material handling equipment and good design and facility layout of material handling systems can increase productivity and reduce investment and operating costs. When deciding which material handling equipment to use, it is important to keep in mind the general characteristics of the types of equipment available on the market.


The main material handling equipment are conveyors, stackers, reclaimers and hoppers. Conveyors known as conveyor belts consist of two end pulleys through which there is a continuous loop of moving material. Conveyors are used to transport materials like coal, ore and grain. A stacker is another form of material handling equipment used to stack bulk materials onto a stockpile. Reclaimers work closely with stalkers. Reclamation is used to recover large quantities of material that have been held in stockpiles. Hoppers are also a type of material handling equipment. Hoppers help feed bulk material into other machines.

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