Materials Handling

  • Eugene L. Magad
  • John M. Amos
Part of the Competitive Manufacturing Series book series (COMMS)


Materials handling is not a new endeavor. The first humans who inhabitated the earth were faced with the problem of transporting both themselves and the materials needed for their existence. The movement of materials is basic to all business and personal activities. Through the years people have learned to apply mechanical principles such as the wheel, lever, and inclined plane to provide for easier, faster, and safer movement. Basically, materials handling is the art and science of implementing movement in an economical and safe manner. Industrial focus upon materials handling did not develop until the early 1900s. It is now recognized as a major activity that warrants review, systematic analysis, and refinement.1


Cash Flow Material Flow Material Handling Unit Load Automatic Identification System 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eugene L. Magad
    • 1
  • John M. Amos
    • 2
  1. 1.William Rainey Harper CollegeUSA
  2. 2.Center for Applied EngineeringUniversity of Missouri-RollaUSA

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