When it comes to material/product handling, many warehouse managers may not give it much thought. They might think that handling is just a physical task and not a key control point for warehouse management, so they don't pay much attention to it in their daily operations.
However, this is not the case. Material/product loading and unloading is an auxiliary process in production, existing in various environments such as warehouses, between warehouses and production departments, and shipping, among others. Material handling has a significant impact on a company's production efficiency. Effective material handling management can greatly reduce the time and cost incurred. For warehouse management, this is a crucial area of management. Therefore, it is important to design material handling in a scientific and rational way.
Effectiveness is essential in any area, including handling. So, what are the factors that contribute to efficient handling?
Timeliness of material handling
Timeliness, quantity accuracy, and precision are essential. Completing handling tasks in a timely manner, accurately locating the objects to be moved, and determining the amount of material to be moved are the three necessary steps. Prior to handling, the handler needs to be informed of what product needs to be moved, the total amount, and when it needs to be completed. Otherwise, there may be errors in handling objects, repeated handling, and delays caused by misjudging the length of time required for the task, which could affect the subsequent procedures.
Quality and safety of material handling
It is essential to ensure that the quality of the products being handled is not compromised. Although there are many factors that impact product quality, such as production, packaging, and inherent quality itself, it is easy to overlook the significant impact material handling has on product quality. When handling materials, the handler must learn to take a high level of care in protecting the product and treat it with love and respect.
Safety of material handling
People's safety, equipment safety, and product safety are all major concerns. In fact, the industry with the most accidents in warehousing is probably handling safety, which includes people who don't follow safety procedures causing injuries as well as product losses due to poor material handling procedures.
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