Emerging Trends of Autonomous MHE for Modern Warehousing

Written by Kelvin Ong Chee Kok, GDLM

by Kelvin Ong Chee Kok, GDLM

Materials handling in the past would have been very simple, starting off people carrying items unassisted, eventually graduating to basic modes of transport such as horse and cart to carry larger items. In the early years, Hyster was a major contributor to the design and manufacturing of the first forklift trucks. The company was a pioneer in developing specialist machinery for materials handling in the logging and metal works industries respectively.

Material Handling and Logistics as defined by the Material Handling Industry of America is the movement, protection, storage and control of materials and products throughout the process of their manufacture and distribution, consumption and disposal. The most stunning technology of material handling must be the invention of universal forklifts. Till today, people never stop using innovative material handling technology to handle normal or anomaly materials, such as container, stone, timber, prefabricated concrete units, steel and glass.

Revolution of Material Handling Equipment (MHE)

Material handling equipment are not only used on smooth and solid roads, but also operated on the muddy ground, climbing up the stairs or entering mining area which needs to be explosion-proofed.

Autonomous machines must be able to work in environments alongside people, and assist them in their work, without the risk of accidents. They ought to be able to communicate with other facilities in the infrastructure in real time, in order to ensure a smooth workflow. In addition, in many industries the production and logistics processes change just as dynamically as the products and goods themselves.


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About the Author: Kelvin Ong has substantive years of experiences in logistics and operations management. He is a qualified member of Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management (SIPMM). Kelvin Ong holds a Diploma in Logistics Management (DLM) and he is currently completing the course on Graduate Diploma in Logistics Management (GDLM) at SIPMM Academy.

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