Material Handling: Your Top Questions Answered

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forklift pushing FAQ blocksKoke Inc. has been a material handling equipment manufacturer for the past 47 years. While we’ve helped hundreds of companies create safe and efficient facilities with our material handling equipment, you may not know the basics behind the importance of what we do, so we’ve created this blog to educate you on material handling practices and equipment your facility needs to get the job done right.

What is Material Handling?

Simply put, material handling is a fancy term for handling goods and materials within in your warehouse, facility, or storage area.

Material handling can be broken down into to the movement, protection, storage, and control of materials and products within your facility.

Material handling is made easier using Material Handling Equipment such as forklifts and order pickers and includes activities such as loading/unloading trucks, palletizing goods, retrieving goods from storage to be shipped out, and more.

Why is Material Handling important?

Material Handling is an essential component of any successful warehouse. The reason being, a proper materials handling protocol will prevent accidents and improve the efficiency of your facility.

This means material handling can improve customer service by making products easy to find, move, and ship out; cut costs by reducing the amount of time spent moving products;, and reduce product damages by properly transporting your products.

Whether it’s maximizing the efficiency of your loading dock or preventing workplace accidents, a proper material handling protocol is key.

What Types of Equipment is involved in Material Handling?

Material handling equipment is anything you use to help move, protect, store, or control the materials in your facility.

We at Koke divide materials handling equipment into five separate categories. Each category includes a variety of useful equipment that makes moving heavy or large materials safer and easier.

Order Pickers

Order Pickers refers to the useful equipment employees use to navigate warehouses and pick goods for orders. This includes equipment like order picker platforms and stock pickers that can be custom sized for your warehouse’s isle size.

Related Order Pickers info:
Why custom-built order picker platforms are more efficient
Learn why our order picker platforms are becoming the industry standard

Safety Baskets

Safety Baskets refers to metal baskets that lifts products or employees into the air in a facility or on a job site. This includes equipment like rescue baskets, material baskets, and man baskets for construction, cranes, and forklifts, built and tested to meet OSHA standards for the safety of your working people.

Related Safety Basket links:
OSHA Regulations for Personnel and Man Baskets
Learn the many uses of safety baskets at your facility or work site

Dock Equipment

Dock Equipment refers to equipment that helps your facility load or unload trucks that back up to your warehouse’s loading dock. This includes equipment like dock bumpers, dock boards or dock plates, and dock levelers, designed to protect your dock and employees as they transport heavy goods by handcart or forklift.

Related Dock Equipment information:
Learn the 3 top signs that your dock board needs to be replaced
Find out the key differences between Aluminum Dock Plates and Dock Boards

Forklift Attachments

Forklift Attachments refers to accessories that attach to your forklift to assist with moving product. This includes attachments such as carpet poles, drum handlers, and forklift forks, designed to make your job more efficient with moving heavy or large products, which will increase productivity.

Related Forklift Attachment links:
Shopping for a lift truck? Choose the right lift truck for your business
Learn about the top forklift attachments and their uses

Safety Products

Safety Products refers to safety equipment that aims to prevent property damage and employee injury from occurring. This includes equipment like gas cylinder cages, overhead door track guards, and safety bollards designed to keep your facility safe while equipment and vehicles move through their tasks.

Related Safety Products info:
Learn more about the proper handling of gas cylinders like propane tanks
6 Warehouse Safety Tips to Prevent Workplace Accidents

Choose a Material Handling Equipment Manufacturer You Can Trust

Not all material handling equipment manufacturers are made equal. When you work with Koke Inc, you’re working with material handling experts.

Our aim isn’t just to sell products, we want to make sure your material handling procedures are correct and right for your business. When you call us, our knowledgeable reps take the time to ask you targeted questions about your business’s needs and operations so we can make sure we’re providing you with the correct material handling equipment to fit your business’s needs!

Have a material handling equipment question? Call us at 800-535-5303 to get started!