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1) RPCPA

The Reusable Plastic Pallet & Container Association (RPCPA) was created by a group of visionary manufacturers who design, fabricate and apply Reusable Plastic Pallet and Container Solutions on a worldwide scale. A product section of the Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA), RPCPA members make a substantial commitment of time & resources to the long-term health and welfare of the industry. RPCPA programming is intended to: Create awareness and recognition of Reusable Plastic Pallet and Container Solutions as environmentally friendly and cost effective platform for material handling and logistics Develop and deliver important information on proper application and use through publications and educational activities

2) Reusable plastic container

Storage or transport vessels made of durable molded plastic.  Intended to be used more than once.

3) Plastic pallet

A device used for moving and storing freight.  It is used as a base for assembling, storing, stacking, handling, and transporting goods as a unit load.  Commonly, it is about four feet square and is so constructed to facilitate the placement of a lift truck's forks between the levels of a platform so it may be moved easily.

4) Rack

A single or multi-level structural storage system that is utilized to support high stacking of single items or palletized loads

5) Rack Manufacturers Institute, Inc. (RMI) Industry Group

The Storage Manufacturers Association (SMA) members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of industrial storage equipment. They supply storage solutions worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector. Industrial storage equipment includes steel shelving, industrial work platforms (mezzanines), work and assembly stations, modular drawer equipment, clothing storage lockers, movable base storage equipment, storage containers and directly related equipment.

6) Patented track

A generic term referring to crane and monorail equipment built in accordance with the MMA specification utilizing a composite track section incorporating a proprietary bottom flange shape. A monorail track beam fabricated from a "T" section and a running flange.  Patented track is characterized by the "hardness" of its load bearing surface and the ability to be bent into curves without deformation of the beam's load bearing surface.  The name "patented track" derived from the original patent received by the inventor for the fabrication  and production process of the beam(s).

7) Rigid container

A rigid wire, steel or plastic container with a rigid structural framework for strength and stiffness and is not capable of being folded flat.

8) RFID

Radio frequency identification

9) RF

Acronym for Radio Frequency .

10) Ratchet hoist

A lever operated manual device used to lift. lower, or pull a load and to apply or release tension.  Utilizes a ratchet and pawl mechanical configuration to incrementally raise or lower a load or to apply or release tension.

11) Ratchet lever hoist

A lever operated manual device used to lift. lower, or pull a load and to apply or release tension.  Utilizes a ratchet and pawl mechanical configuration to incrementally raise or lower a load or to apply or release tension.

12) Platform/Fork length

The platform or fork dimension of a tilter as measured perpendicular to the hinged edge (tilt axis).  This is considered the side of the platform or fork.

13) Reusable Container & Pallet Association (RCPA) Industry Group

The Reusable Container & Pallet Association (RCPA) members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of the reusable/returnable industrial plastic containers, pallets and packaging. They supply solutions worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector.

14) RMA

Rack Manufacturers Institute, Inc. The Rack Manufacturers Institute, Inc. is an independent incorporated trade association affiliated with the Material Handling Industry.  The membership of RMI is made up of companies which produce the preponderance of industrial storage racks. Rack Manufacturers Institute 8720 Red Oak Blvd., Suite 201 Charlotte, NC  28217 Phone: (704) 676-1190    Fax:  (704) 676-1199 Jeff Woroniecki, Managing Director

15) ProMat

A MHIA International Show and Conference McCormick Place North Chicago, IL USA Occurs in odd numbered years in Chicago and offers a wide range of exhibits representing the very best in material handling equipment and technology. Contact the Material Handling Industry of America at 800-345-1815 for more information.  Please ask for the ProMat Staff.