Material Handling Definitions

For those of you who don’t know a lot about pallet rack, here are some helpful terms and definitions:

Accumulator Conveyor–Any conveyor designed to permit accumulation of packages, objects, or carriers. May be roller, live roller, belt, power-and-free, or chain conveyors.

Palletizer/Depalletizer–Palletizer is an automatic or semiautomatic machine, consisting of synchronized conveyor(s) and mechanisms to receive cartons from a conveyor(s) and place them onto pallets according to a prearranged pattern. The depalletizer is an automatic machine consisting of synchronized conveyors and mechanisms to disassemble a pallet load and discharge single cartons.

shelving_rackingBatch Manufacturing–The production of parts or material in discrete runs, or batches, interspersed with other production operations or runs of other parts or materials.

Automatic Warehouse–A warehouse in which a substantial part of the receipt, storage and dispatch functions are performed without manual handling of the goods involved.

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