The Importance of Mobility in Materials Handling Equipment

Efficiency and adaptability are important when it comes to material handling whether it is in construction sites, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, distribution centres etc. To ensure productivity and profitability, you have to be able to move goods and materials safely and quickly in an efficient manner. And mobility is an important aspect in achieving these goals.

Adaptability is a critical factor in materials handling solutions. You need to make sure the equipment can adapt to different operating conditions and environments. They may be used in indoor warehouses or outdoor distribution yards and construction sites. This means, there is a wide range of terrains, obstacles and surfaces that material handling equipment should navigate. Some of the mobile equipment that are used for these purposes are order pickers, forklifts and pallet jacks. They come with resilient features such as rugged chassis, all-terrain tyres and high ground clearance so that they can operate in diverse work environments. Mobility also ensures that these equipment are able to reach hard to access areas and navigate in restricted or confined spaces. In such spaces, it is difficult to use manual handling methods or stationary equipment. You can use reach trucks, scissor lifts, aisle forklifts etc. as they have compact designs. They have a high level of manoeuvrability so that they can navigate through tight aisles and congested work areas. Operators are able to transport, retrieve and store materials efficiently thanks to this accessibility. This allows you to maximise the available space at the facility. 

Mobility is important to ensure flexibility in operations.

Businesses can adapt to changing workflows and demands quickly with these equipment. Stationary equipment is fixed in place but when you utilise mobile equipment, they can be repositioned and redeployed to different areas of the facility as required. You can optimise allocation of resources and address fluctuating demands due to this factor. With mobile material handling equipment, you can accommodate dynamic production schedules without causing downtime or disrupting normal operations of the facility. Processes and workflows will be streamlined when you focus on mobility in material handling equipment. Operators are able to transport materials in an efficient manner from one place to another using mobile equipment such as tow tractors, order pickers, pallet jacks etc. And they don’t need to manually carry or push heavy loads. This will improve productivity at the facility and minimise labour costs. The operational efficiency of the facility can be improved in this way.

When flexibility,

Adaptability and mobility in material handling equipment is improved, productivity throughout the workplace is improved. Operators are able to perform material handling tasks quickly and safely so that it can contribute to faster cycle times. Lead times will be reduced and the facility output will be increased. On-time delivery performance of the facility will improve as a result of this and your business will be able to meet fluctuating customer demands. This will help you maintain a competitive edge in your market niche. The risk of injuries, accidents and issues related to manual strain are reduced as a result of mobile material handling equipment.

Leen Schroeder
the authorLeen Schroeder