Expressed in simple language, materials handling is loading, moving and unloading of materials. To do it safely and economically, different types of tackles, gadgets and equipment are used, when
the materials handling is referred to as mechanical handling of materials.
Materials handling ??
Materials handling is the art and science involving the moving, packaging and storing of substances in any form(1)*.Some of the other definitions are:
• Materials handling is the movement and storage of materials at the lowest possible cost through
the use of proper methods and equipment.
• Materials handling is the moving of materials or product by any means, including storage, and
all movements except processing operations and inspection.
• Materials handling is the art and science of conveying, elevating, positioning, transporting,
packaging and storing of materials.