Material Handling Equipment in Greensboro

Material handling equipment

Greensboro is a central transportation hub. It is also a vibrant part of the textile industry, truck manufacturing, and many other industries. Greensboro has been described as a "logistical center" where huge amounts of goods and materials flow through on their way to somewhere else. Clearly, Greensboro has a need for material handling equipment.

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What is material handling equipment?

In general, this term refers to any kind of machinery used to move, store, control, and protect materials, goods, and products throughout the entire process of manufacturing, distribution, sales, and waste disposal. These types of materials are often bulky, heavy, and sometimes hazardous or fragile. They have to be handled with care, not just brute force.

Generally, moving materials around occurs indoors in warehouses or factories on even floors, but sometimes materials need to be moved up and down slopes or across uneven ground to be loaded into a truck for transport.

1. Storage and Handling Equipment

Storage and Handling Equipment

Simple, but invaluable – improving safety.

The simplest type of material handling equipment is the shelves and racks in a warehouse where materials are stored between shipments. These racks are often designed to use vertical space to hold more items. Pallet rack, mezzanines and shelving are also part of this category.

2. Material Handling Equipment

Material Handling Equipment

These are vehicles or equipment that move materials. Sometimes workers run them, and sometimes they are automatic. Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) fall under both engineered systems and industrial material handling equipment.

3. Engineered Systems

Engineered Systems

This type of material handling equipment involves more complicated systems with multiple components, usually warehouse automation.

Automated guided vehicles (AGVs), conveyor belts and robotic delivery systems are some examples of automated systems that can make warehouses more efficient. They are automated systems that can move materials around production or a warehouse without workers having to.

This category of equipment is the most expensive, often incorporating elements from the other categories into wider more expansive systems. These systems require a lot of time and research before making an investment.

Let's focus on Material Handling Equipment.

Types of Material Handling Equipment in Greensboro, NC

Many different types of equipment for handling industrial materials are in widespread use in Greensboro. There are three main types of equipment in common use: electric tuggers, pallet trucks, and forklifts.

Forklifts for Material Handling Equipment in Greensboro

Forklift Material Handling Greensboro NC

Forklifts are very common in a wide range of industries. A forklift is a small truck equipped with a forklift on the front. The operator sits or stands on the truck and drives it about, lifting and moving things. Forklifts can move materials on pallets and materials packaged in other ways. They can move extremely heavy loads. They can load trucks, place materials on shelving, and stack pallets on top of each other.

However, forklifts have a number of disadvantages. They tend to be very expensive to purchase (over $25,000) and operate. They require a driver with special training and a specific license. The gasoline-powered ones belch out toxic emissions, which can render the atmosphere inside a warehouse dangerous for workers. The electric battery-powered types often require high-voltage rechargers, which older facilities may not be able to accommodate. They are also large and require a lot of space to maneuver.

Pallet Jacks for Material Handling Equipment in Greensboro

Pallet Jack Material Handling Greensboro

The electric pallet jack is the simplest and least versatile type of bulk goods handling equipment in common use. A pallet jack runs on a rechargeable battery. The operator walks behind it and directs it to lift and transport materials packaged on pallets. These devices are easy to use with minimal training, do not emit toxic emissions indoors, and can handle most general tasks. However, they cannot move really heavy loads (most have a weight limit of 5,500 pounds), can only move materials on pallets, and since they require an operator to walk with them and engage in some manual handling of the materials, the operator is at some risk of injury.

Electric tuggers are far more versatile than either forklifts or pallet jacks. They can move heavy loads on wheeled carts, move roller containers, transport barrels, and handle materials packaged. They are small and compact and can maneuver loads in crowded, congested spaces. They can go up and down slopes, do not emit toxic fumes, and anyone can operate one after minimal training. They can cost less than a forklift but can perform tasks that a forklift cannot.

Here is a comparison of equipment used to handle materials

What can they move?

  • Pallet trucks can only move goods on pallets
  • Forklifts can move goods on pallets and those packaged in a few other ways
  • Electric tuggers can move goods on roller containers, wheeled carts, barrels, and an assortment of other wheeled loads.

How much can they move?

  • Pallet trucks can only lift up to 5,500 lbs.
  • Forklifts are very powerful and can move heavy loads
  • Electric tuggers are very powerful and can move heavy loads up to 66,000 lbs.

How much room do they need to maneuver?

  • Forklifts are large and bulky and need a lot of room
  • Electric tuggers are small and compact and can maneuver in crowded, small spaces
  • Pallet trucks are in between these two in terms of space required

Are they safe?

  • Forklifts can emit toxic fumes into indoor spaces and endanger workers
  • Pallet trucks require some manual handling of the materials and expose workers to risk of injury
  • Electric tuggers are extremely safe to operate

Who can operate them?

  • Forklift operators require special training and licensing
  • Anyone can be rapidly trained to operate a pallet truck
  • Anyone can be rapidly trained to operate an electric tugger

Popular Electric Tuggers for Material Handling Equipment in Greensboro


Up to 4,400 lbs.

SmartMover range of electric tugs

Easily move wheeled loads weighing up to 4,400 lbs. with the SmartMover range.

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Up to 44,000 lbs.

MasterTow range of electric tow tugs

The MasterTow range of powerful, easy-to-use electric tow tugs, is ideally suited to towing loads weighing up to 44,000 lbs.

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Up to 44,000 lbs.

MasterTug range of electric tuggers

The MasterTug range delivers unrivaled maneuverability when moving heavy-wheeled loads weighing up to 44,000 lbs.

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Stainless Steel

Up to 33,000 lbs.

Stainless Steel range of electric tuggers

The Stainless Steel range of electric tuggers delivers the same level of performance as our steel ranges but with the added benefit of seamlessly ...

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