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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 placard

Placard system made of magnetic material and used on metal racks and other metal surfaces.

4) Magnetic stripe

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

5) 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.

6) Manifesting

The act of creating a statement which describes and/or lists the load on a vehicle in transit.

7) Manipulator

A stationary (does not mean that nothing moves) movement assist device that is often equipped with end effectors for handling different types of loads. End effectors include all forms of grippers, forks, barrel grabs, etc. Manipulators counteract the weight of the load, rendering it almost weightless by way of hydraulic or pneumatic cylinders, or simply by way of counter weights and the exercising of very limited manual control. Most manipulators require manual actuation and control and are therefore manual assist devices. They are mounted to the floor, wall or ceiling. In some cases, manipulators are mounted to a fixed base plate and the entire unit can be moved via a trolley, cart or frok lift truck.

8) Manual handling

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

9) Manual hoist

A suspended machinery unit that, by use of manual operation, is used for lifting and lowering of a freely suspended (unguided) load.  Generally uses chain (roller or link) as its lifting medium

10) Manually handled container

Containers designed to be handled by hand and not by machine.

11) Manufacturing Resource Planning

A fully-integrated planning and control system, providing coordination and communication among finance, marketing, and production departments. Manufacturing Resource Planning (MRP) takes into account plans from these entities and assists management in developing a production plan, which must be adjusted on a daily or weekly basis to satisfy changes in demand. Initially MRP was a list of components needed to produce a specified quantity of items as well as when and how manufacturing intends to use these components.

12) Masked out

The design of an inductive loop sensor so that certain objects are not detected.

13) Master carton

Utilized as a  larger uniform shipping carton for smaller packages or carton, the master carton serves to lessen material handling time and adds protection during shipping to the smaller items.

14) Master pack

A large box that is used to pack a number of smaller boxes or containers.  Aids in protecting the smaller cartons or packages and reduces the number of cartons to be handled during the material handling process.

15) 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.