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1) Unitizer

Any type of equipment which aggregates several items into a single unit load.

2) Unit load picking

The act of removing unit loads from stock or storage.

3) Unit Load AGV

A unit load AGV is a powered, wheel based transport vehicle that carries a discrete load, such as an individual item (e.g. a large roll of paper, coil of steel or automobile engine) or items contained on a pallet or in a tote or similar temporary storage medium. AGVs operate under computer control without the need for human operators or drivers. See also AGVS .

4) Unit Load AS/RS

A type of automatic storage and retrieval system that handles large loads (500 to 1000 lbs. and up) that are often placed on pallets or contained in pallet size plastic, wooden or industrial metal containers. Certain large loads, for example steel coils or paper rolls, may also be handled without a pallet base or container. See also AS/RS .

5) Open type shelving

Shelving unit with side and back of the unit open.  Various types of bracing are used to stabilize the unit.

6) Shelving service aisle

The area in front of a unit or row of units required to service (pick or place stock into or out of the shelving unit.

7) Load bearing surface

Actual area of material in contact with and supporting a unit load.

8) Shelving side panel

A sheet steel panel attaches to the front and rear post to enclose the side of the unit, or as a partition between units placed side by side.

9) Portable rack

Self contained steel rack units made up of bases and/or decks and posts.  Portable rack may be welded or collapsible units either having a knockdown feature which can be a space saver when units are not in use.

10) Tie

Term used to describe a layer of product positioned in a unit load or on a pallet.

11) Closed shelving

Shelving with the sides and back of the unit enclosed with sheet steel side and back panels.

12) Ledge type shelving

A shelving unit designed to accommodate two different depths of shelves. Larger shelves are placed at the bottom and the unit is stepped back with smaller shelves on top.  This step back forms a ledge across the face of the shelf. The shelving may be either open or closed type.  In some instances, a ledge unit can be added to a regular shelving unit.

13) Shelf opening

The basic shelving compartment formed between two shelves within a unit of shelving.

14) Stretchwrapping

Unitizing a load by stretching and wrapping a plastic sheet tightly over the load.

15) Mobile shelving

A shelving system that is mounted on floor or overhead tracks. The self- contained unit may nest or move against other units to facilitate space savings or move away from each other to provide greater access.