Materials handling is the process of loading, unloading, staging, and transferring of cutting materials.
Different types of materials handling systems on bandsaw machines include power in and out feed roller conveyors, to cross- transfer systems, and the automated cut-to-weight systems. There are also sorting and ejection units.
Some manufacturers will allow users to modify or upgrade materials handling systems on the bandsaw depending on the customers production needs.
A solid materials handling system is important for any sawing operation: especially for fabricators that deal with bundles and large profiles.
The primary use of a materials handling system is to assure that the materials will be properly moved, delivered, and fed in every cut while preventing any damage to the materials.
The system is designed for efficient materials handling and work flow with minimal delay between the finish of one beam to the start of another.
Adding and removing cut stock from a bandsaw machine takes time and effort. Materials handling systems solve this issue. The objective is to increase productivity and profitability.
In many production shops where requirements prevent workers from performing manual labor, materials handling may be the only option.
For example, it is nearly impossible to load and unload large structurals and beams onto a machine without the use of automated material handling. For that reason, this system reduces operational costs and labor requirements. Another advantage of this system is a safer workplace where accidents are avoided.
Materials handling systems allow employees to perform safer and faster with less need for additional personnel to manage routine shop tasks. Streamlined cutting operations will also be achieved.