MATERIAL HANDING and WAREHOUSING:
Material Handling is not an industry per se, as much as it is a type of process within many industries. Most Material Handling is either bulk, like coffee and stone, or units, like a package of hot dogs or lumber. The material is moved by air, water, conveyor or forklift. Some components are gates, bridges, singulators, even-enders, stops, sensors, sorters, stackers, palletizers, forklifts and carriers. The many mechanical parts must be designed with a degree of reliability to suit the plant operation.
A quarry that shuts down at night verses a papermill that operates continuously have different criteria for reliability. A food plant requires sanitation, while a white papermill requires cleanliness, a stone quarry wears hard on equipment, and a steel rolling mill must withstand red-hot steel. Some require stout, some delegate. Some material handling is highly computerized, like a modern retail warehouse - which is full of conveyors loaded with many products that automatically queue to the proper loading dock on the other side of the warehouse, quickly, commanded by a cash register in another state. Causey’s extensive knowledge and experience in Material Handling in several industries may be applicable to your case
The pictures below represent some of the specific types of work and processes in this industry where Causey is qualified.
Forklifts and front end loaders handle all types of bulky and heavy material.
This conveyor hauls recycled paper bales up to a pulper.
Without specific experience, an engineer cannot know the huge body of technology that has goine into the equipment in this photo.
Conveyors are frequently used to connect and automate several processes. Here a conveyor firmly holds a wooden block for finger-jointing, then moves it to the next conveyor - which presses the glued ends together, then on to be sawn to board length, then transferred for stacking.
Form follows function is so very true in any industry, i.e. the design must be tailored to the particular need. Plants handling solids need suitable equipment, metallurgy or plastic parts to withstand wear, temperature and abuse.
Material handling in a warehouse can range from a simple small operation all the way to a huge building full of computer directed , complex, conveying systems that track each item from the receiving to the loading docks. Kimberly-Clark and Sam's Club are such examples.
Accidents can happen in simple stacking of material.
Clamp lift trucks are designed specifically for stacking rolls of paper.