1) Protective Guarding Manufacturers Association (ProGMA) Industry Group
Protective Guarding Manufacturing Association member companies meet regularly to review, discuss, and revise the standards for design and performance of protective guarding products used in the material handling industry. ProGMA member companies are committed to the development, maintenance, and publishing of industry standard specifications for these systems.
2) Return on investment
A management tool that calculates the income of a material handling investment or project and divides this income by the cost of the assets devoted to the investment or project.
A valuable tool when calculating the " economic justification " of a material handling investment.
The measure of how well a material handling device or system will perform in a production situation. Measure is based upon how well the device or system performs without interruption in service due to mechanical or control failure.
A principle is a general rule, fundamental, or other statement of an observed truth. Over time certain fundamental truths of material handling have been found to exist. The "principles" of material handling are often useful in analyzing, planning and managing material handling activities and systems. At the very least they form a basic foundation upon which one can begin building expertise in material handling.
These principles, that serve as a starting point to identifying potential problems and assessing need, are:
5. Unit Load
6. Space Utilization
10. Life Cycle Cost
To receive a complete explanation for each of these :"Principles", contact the Material Handling Institute at (704) 676-1190 and ask for the document, "The Ten Principles of Material Handling".
5) Rack Association
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.
The use of sensor arrays to detect the position of an object in the material handling system typically for the purpose of applying a bar code or other identifier to the object.
7) Radio controlled
Means by which a material handling device or piece of equipment is controlled by receiving commands via radio frequencies sent to an onboard receiver. Allows the equipment or device to be controlled remotely and out of harm's way.
Professional Certified in Materials Handling (PCMH) is one of two certifications available to the materials handling professional through the Materials Handling and Management Society (MHMS). For more information visit the web site at www.mhia.org/mhms
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
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
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.