To ensure that all the material handling equipment in a facility—whether manual, semi-automated or automated—works together as a unified, integrated material handling system, consultants and system integrators provide engineering services to design and implement a complete handling process. In addition to engineering, a system project can include documentation, purchase of equipment (including hardware and software), installation, testing, commissioning and support.
By tying all the technologies together, a properly designed system can help a company improve customer service, reduce inventory, shorten delivery time, and lower overall handling costs in manufacturing, distribution and transportation. Typical systems include:
An integrated material handling system typically comprises three characteristics:
Integrated material handling systems connect equipment and software to support receiving, processing, storage, picking and shipping activities throughout a facility:
Integrated material handling systems provide a variety of benefits:
Integrated material handling systems are used in every industry, including: