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Warehouse & Materials Handling Dictionary

Welcome to our Materials Handling and Warehouse Dictionary. Here you find definitions for terms about products, services, and commonly used lingo in the materials handling business. If you are new to the business or you want to brush up on terms and definitions then click a letter or number above to find what you are looking for.

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3 Wheeler

Electric Equipment Lift Trucks Definition: 3 Wheeler Definition: What is a 3 Wheeler? A forklift with a single-drive wheel added in the center of its [Read more…]

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4 Directional

Electric Equipment Lift Trucks Definition: 4 Directional Definition: What is 4 Directional? A four-directional forklift can travel in four directions: forward, reverse, left and right. [Read more…]

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4-D

Electric Equipment Lift Trucks Definition: 4-D Definition: What is 4-D? Four-directional forklift trucks (such as Raymond’s Fiddler™ 4-D®) use their maneuverability to help warehouse operators [Read more…]

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Air Curtains

Warehouse Safety Warehouse Traffic Definition: Air Curtains Definition: What are Air Curtains? Air curtains, known also as air doors, are neither curtains nor doors. Rather, [Read more…]

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Automated Storage

Horizontal Carousel Vertical Lift Module Definition: Automated Storage Definition: What is Automated Storage? A varied number of computer-controlled systems to place and retrieve loads from [Read more…]

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Bar Code Reader

Inventory Turns SKUs Definition: Bar Code Reader What is a Bar Code Reader? Barcode readers (barcode scanners) are electronic devices for reading printed barcodes. These [Read more…]

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Base Pallet

Pallet Storage Solution Definition: Block Pallet Definition: What is a Base Pallet? Stringer and some block pallets that have single-directional bases are called base pallets. [Read more…]

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Batch Picking

Order Picking SKUs Definition: Batch Picking Definition: What is Batch Picking? Coordinating the transfer of inventory to permit selecting goods to fill more than one [Read more…]

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Beam

Pallet Rack Storage Solution Definition: Beam Definition: What is a Beam? The horizontal member attached to upright frame columns is called the beam. Pallets or [Read more…]

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Belt Conveyor

Automatic Storage Gravity Flow Rack Systems Definition: Belt Conveyor Definition: What is a Belt Conveyor? One of the basic tools in material handling industry, belt [Read more…]

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