Material Handling Equipment is mechanical equipment used for the movement, storage, control and protection of materials, goods and products throughout the process of manufacturing, distribution, consumption and disposal. The different types of handling equipment can be classified into four major categories: transport equipment, positioning equipment, unit load formation equipment, and storage equipment.
Transport Equipment: Transport equipment is used to move material from one location to another. The major subcategories of transport equipment are conveyors, cranes, and industrial trucks.
Positioning Equipment: Positioning equipment is used to handle material at a single location. It can be used at a workplace to feed, orient, load/unload, or otherwise manipulate materials so that is in the correct position for subsequent handling, machining, transport, or storage.