Which of the following material handling systems offers the most flexibility?
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- Information directed
Material handling systems
It is defined as the art and science of conveying, elevating, positioning, transporting, packaging as well as storage of materials. The benefits of using material handling systems include facilitating efficient order processing, decreasing handling damage, and moving goods at the right time.
Handling systems can be classified as automated, semi-automated, mechanized, or information directed.
- Mechanized – This involves combination of handling and labor equipment.
- Automated – Minimizes labor by using capital investment.
- Semi-automated – Combines mechanical and automated system.
- Information directed – Uses information technology to direct mechanized and automated equipment.
Information-directed is the most flexible of the four:
It requires moderate fixed and variable cost with flexibility and utilization.
Offers the same benefits as automation without need for huge capital investment.
Examples include use of Pick-to-Light, Voice picking, RF wireless.
RF Wireless improves flexibility and speed of lift trucks operations.