Importance of Materials Handling in Food Industry

Materials handling is defined as the organized movement of a specific material from one place to another, at the right time, and in the right quantity. It may involve lifting, moving horizontally or vertically, and storing materials. It is an important factor in the smooth operation of any food processing plant and can greatly affect the quality of the product and the cost and profitability of the operation.

From the time that a material enters the factory gate, cost is added every time it is handled. Each movement also carries the risk of damaging the material. Material handling is so commonplace that it is frequently overlooked in cost calculations. Everybody knows that shipping should be included as a cost. Material handling and flow should be seen as an internal shipping operation that has an associated monetary value. The cost of materials handling, storage, and movement must be added to the final product cost.

In many operations, production has been streamlined to be as…

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