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DCS’s design and engineering team has more than 40 years of experience creating unique parcel handling systems for diverse customer applications. With installations including semi-automated handling in small city distribution centers and fully automated, integrated hubs with advanced conveyor and sorter equipment, DCS routinely thinks outside the box.
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DCS designs and implements end-to-end warehouse automation solutions for e-commerce and multi-channel retailers that address numerous workflow challenges. This includes solutions for receiving, putaway, storage, replenishment, order fulfillment, picking, packing, sortation, and outbound shipping. Our custom integrated warehouse, distribution, and fulfillment systems draw from a deep pool of conventional, semi-automated, and automated material handling technologies.
Various Distribution Applications
Whether an operation is considering the construction of a new distribution or fulfillment center, or a retrofit or expansion of an existing facility, it’s important to create a solution that fits the overarching supply chain strategy. DCS has four decades of experience designing and integrating comprehensive, end-to-end material handling solutions that meet a multitude of operational goals. Whether conventional, semi-automated, or fully automated, DCS can help your organization implement a custom solution that meets its goals while maximizing return on investment (ROI).
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The DCS Supply Chain Consulting team offers a range of services to help your operations address the challenges it faces. Working in partnership with you, DCS consultants analyze your business data- existing workforce, workflow processes, inventory, order data, operations, and more- to determine a strategy that addresses your unique needs. Whether you need an operations assessment, process improvement recommendations, or distribution design services, DCS consultants will help guide you to the material handling system or operational solution that best meets your current and future needs, as well as your budget.
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Keeping your warehouse operations and material handling systems running smoothly and at the peak of productivity are the goals of DCS’ Customer Service Team. By partnering with DCS, your warehouse automation solution is supported from commissioning to end of life. You’ll receive comprehensive in-house training of your personnel, including specialized training of your designated internal system expert. Plus, DCS offers a complete package of spare parts and expert system troubleshooting support from qualified engineers dedicated to your installation.
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DCS offers a broad range of material handling equipment and automated system design, installation, and integration services for a multitude of projects. These include retrofits, expansions, upgrades, and more. While every project is unique, our system design and execution processes are the same, encompassing meticulous attention to detail, frequent communication, and a dedicated partnership with our clients.
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Designed Conveyor Systems (DCS) has 40 years of experience serving major clients in multiple industries by providing material handling, full-scale warehouse operations, and conveyor design solutions that are custom crafted for their needs. DCS does not sell ready-made conveyor systems but builds relationships that empower collaboration to craft custom warehouse designs together. DCS utilizes consulting, engineering design, project management, installation services, and client support to ensure our customers can keep their promises to deliver on time.
With more than 40 years of experience providing automated system design, installation, and integration services, DCS has created solutions for companies throughout the United States in a broad range of industries and markets. We’ve completed more than 1500 projects ranging from greenfield facilities with completely new systems to expansions and retrofits of existing operations.

The 4 Types of Material Handling Equipment

What is Material Handling Equipment?

From the simplest shelf to the most complex lights-out facilities (warehouse automation that can operate in the dark), warehouses use a lot of Material Handling Equipment. It’s hard to remember all the different kinds of equipments, but they fall under four broad types.

What are these Material Handling Equipment types? And what is Material Handling?

According to, material handling is the loading, unloading, and movement of goods, as within a factory or warehouse, especially by the aid of mechanical devices. Thus material handling equipment means devices that help a warehouse function by moving and storing goods.

Type 1: Storage and Handling Equipment

This is the simplest type, something so basic you might not even think of it as equipment. These are shelves and racks where you store your material in between receiving it and shipping it. They are often designed to utilize vertical space so the warehouse can hold more items. Bins, drawers, stacking frames, flow racks, cantilever racks, and mezzanines are also included in this category.

Type 2: Bulk Material Handling Equipment

According to Thomas Network, this is, the storing, transportation and control of materials in loose bulk form. If there’s a lot of material altogether, you’re probably using bulk material handling equipment. An example would be a silo, a large cylinder that can hold stuff like grain.

Other examples include:

  • Stackers and reclaimers: Large machines that are used to dump things into piles or to pick them back up again. They can be hard to visualize, so here’s an animation of one working.
  • Hoppers: Picture a large metal funnel. It stores material and can release an exact quantity out the bottom.
  • Grain elevators: Buildings used to store grain. They include a series of buckets on a track that automatically transports grain to the top of the building where it can be funneled into different silos.
  • Bucket elevators: Similar to a grain elevator, this device features buckets that transport large amounts of material.
  • Conveyor Belts: Moving belts that transport material. They can be combined into more complicated conveyor systems which are considered engineered systems. If you want a conveyor system for your business, contact DCS.
  • Dump Trucks: Also a type of industrial material transport vehicle.
  • Screw Conveyor: A screw-shaped device inside a tube that turns to move material.
  • Rotary car dumper: A device that turns a rail car to dump out its contents.

Type 3: Industrial Trucks

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 trucks.

Other examples are:

  • Hand trucks: These are also called dollies. They are simple, L-shaped devices that let you carry material at a tilt.Warehouse worker
  • Side-loaders: These are used to load materials in narrow aisles where other trucks may be too wide.
  • Pallet trucks: Hand-operated or electric devices that slide into pallets to move them.
  • Walkie stackers: Thomas Network explains that these transport and lift pallets like a forklift, though they don’t include a place for the operator to ride in. They come in both powered or manual versions.
  • Order pickers: These vehicles lift a worker off the ground so they can grab high packages.
  • Platform trucks: Like a dolly but with a wider platform.
  • Forklifts: Operational vehicles used to lift and transport heavy items.

Type 4: Engineered Systems

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

Examples would be AGVs, conveyor belt or robotic delivery systems (complicated systems that come in different shapes and sizes), or Automated Storage and Retrieval System (AS/RS), which are automated systems often incorporating AGVs which make warehouses more efficient-basically anything that moves materials around the warehouse so workers don’t have to.

This category of equipment is the most complicated and 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.

A Material Handling Integrator Can Help

Your warehouse is unique and requires a unique solution. If you’re updating your current warehouse system and wondering what kind of material handling equipment you need, contact us. We are a material handling integrator, or systems integrator, that designs, engineers and integrates a system tailored to your needs and specifications.

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