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Material Handling 101: Fundamentals, Analysis and Selection

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Education Center: Georgia Tech - The Supply Chain and Logistics Institute
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City: Georgia Tech Savannah Campus

Duration: 2 days

This workshop provides an introduction to the field of material handling, including systems analysis, equipment selection, and the relationship of material handling to other activities and operations of the industrial plant or warehouse. It is also an excellent refresher course for those who want an update on the latest trends. You will learn how to plan and analyze material handling systems; how to improve material handling operations; and when to apply material handling automation. Key features are case examples and a guided exercise to ensure your mastery of the techniques presented.

Essential learning for those who are seeking cost reductions through better handling methods. Also valuable for those who must replace, upgrade, or add material handling equipment. The two-day course will include case examples and a guided exercise to ensure mastery of the techniques presented.

Who Should Attend

Material handling and logistics engineers, manufacturing and process engineers, industrial Engineers and systems analysts, production supervisors and team leaders, warehouse supervisors and team leaders, and cell planning and Lean Manufacturing teams

How You Will Benefit

  • Plan and analyze material handling systems
  • Improve material handling operations within their organization
  • Ascertain when to apply material handling automation

What Is Covered

  • Fundamental material handling principles and concepts
  • Classifications of material handling equipment
  • Systematic Handling Analysis (SHA)
  • Material handling evaluations, selections, and continuous improvement

Day 1

  • Fundamental Principles and Concepts
  • Definition and objectives of material handling
  • Basic principles and economics of material handling
  • Classifications of Material Handling Equipment
  • Understanding the categories of handling equipment
  • Understanding the types of handling systems
  • How to Analyze Material Handling Problems
  • Systemic Handling Analysis (SHA) – an organized approach
  • Key information for systematic analysis
  • Practical ways to visualize and analyze material movements
  • Guided Application in Material Handling Analysis
  • Use data on material movements to develop a material handling plan
  • Identify preferred handling methods and equipment for different classes of materials and for each move in a facility.
  • Material Handling Exercise
  • Use your material handling plan to validate your concepts; find real products that could help you implement it.
  • Map actual material handling products to a wide range of movement situations: high-volume; low volume; conveyable, not conveyable; short-distance; long-distance; between workplaces; within the workplace, etc.

Day 2

  • Evaluation and Selection
  • Cost Justification and comparison
  • Evaluation and selection of plans and equipment
  • How to Improve Material Handling Operations
  • Ways to attack material handling problems
  • Checklists and surveys
  • Work sampling, time standards and measurement of material handling labor.
  • Summary and Closing Remarks




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