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Material Handling Equipment

Ergonomics has become very important in the workplace today. Cutting down on worker fatigue and injuries is a vital part of the profit of every company. The equipment used in the workplace has come a long way in being user friendly.

Material handling equipment is equipment that is specifically designed for mechanically handling packaged or bulky items, generally in a production, shipping or storage facility. The material to be handled, the plant building, and the issues of urgency and safety are a few factors that affect the decision on selecting the right material handling equipment.

Carts are one of the most basic tools that are widely used in material handling. You can now get all types of carts that have taken very important factors into consideration in there design. Some of these include cart height, handle design, caster size, and capacities.

This cart is probably one of the most ergonomically advanced carts. It allows items to be loaded onto it and pushed as a standard cart, then it can be elevated and tilted if needed to create a very ergonomic work environment. Carts can go from the previous advanced cart to a basic ergo handle shelf cart. There are many options in carts that can be ergo friendly, choosing one is really dependent on your specific application.

Another material handling product that adds to an ergonomic friendly work place is the self-dumping hopper. These hoppers are often used as a collection point for trash and other debris. When full they can be picked up by a forklift and simply by pulling a release from the seat of the forklift the hopper will dump and then return to the locked position. This alleviates the fatigue of using a standard tilt truck. Self-dumping hoppers can also come with casters so that a forklift is not needed to move the hopper and it dumps by the user simply pulling a lever and once dumped it will return to the upright locked position.

Another area where ergonomics have began to play a roll in design is the hand dolly. Dollies are not simple two upright handles and two wheels anymore. There are now dollies that have three wheels on each side designed for use on stairs. The wheels rotate around while going up or down stairs to relieve the fatigue workers have by bending over and using heavy force to pull the loaded dolly. Appliance dollies have also come out with ergo designs by adding small wheels that extend out the back of the dolly when it is loaded with an appliance to help the user not strain to support the weight of the appliance.

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