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1) Machine vision

A system which takes pictures of objects and codes and sends the pictures to a computer for interpretation.

2) Magnetic belt conveyor

A steel belt and either a magnetic slider bed or magnetic pulley is used to transport ferrous materials vertically, upside down, and around corners.

3) Magnetic stripe

Information storage medium on the back of cards such as credit cards, read by contact.

4) Mobile rack

A rack with wheels at the base that permit movement of the entire rack structure along tracks.

5) Narrow aisle truck

A truck which permits right angle stacking in aisles narrower than those normally required by counterbalanced trucks.

6) Operator-to-stock equipment

A device that brings a person to stationary storage locations to pick items.

7) Optical character recognition (OCR)

Taking data from prepared forms and converting it to computer output.

8) Order Fulfillment Solutions (OFS) Industry Group

The Order Fulfillment Solutions (OFS) industry group is dedicated to developing properly applied order fulfillment solutions. OFS's members achieve this mission through Education and Membership Development.

9) Order Fulfillment Council

Order Fulfillment Council See OFC  

10) Manual handling

The handling of materials by hand or by using devices that are non-powered.

11) Outsourcing

The process of utilizing non-employees to perform manufacturing, carrier and warehousing functions.  See 3PL .

12) National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA)

An organization whose stated mission is to reduce the worldwide burden of fire and other hazards on the quality of life by providing and advocating scientifically-based consensus codes and standards, research, training and education.  The Web site for this organization is www.nfpa.org .

13) Motor driven pusher

An electric motor driven conveyor sortation device.  See Pneumatic pusher .

14) Material flow

The function of maintaining a constantly available supply of materials needed for production.  Such materials may include raw materials, purchased items, or assembled items.  The movement of materials to, through, and from productive processes; in warehouses and storage; and in receiving and shipping areas.

15) Maintenance diagnostics

A process by which the frequency, amount and cost of maintenance to buildings and machines is evaluated on an on-going basis.  Such a process ensures that the buildings and machines at a facility are being maintained at the correct levels in the most efficient and cost effective manner possible. Software programs designed specifically for this purpose are available.