Systematic Materials Handling Analysis & Systematic Container Planning

2 days, 1.4 CEUs
Note: This course is only offered by our qualified training provider in Turkey.


No operation can be performed without transportation! Materials handling methods link layout operations to a functioning manufacturing system. Depending on the nature of your facility, materials handling costs account for 10 to 30 percent of your total operating cost, which may be even higher in case of distribution facilities. Most facilities have not yet been referenced to a materials handling plan. Methods have mostly developed spontaneously or been projected by equipment suppliers and consultants. Likewise, the individuals appointed as materials handling engineer are mostly individuals without as formal education in this field. In the absence of analyses, many of them adopt the approach “me too” based on what others have done.

Our materials handling course is based on Systematic Handling Analysis (SHA), which is the most organized approach designed to analyze and evaluate materials handling methods. Developed by Richard Muther and Knut Haganas and refined through an application history of more than 40 years, Systematic Handling Analysis accompanies Systematic Layout Planning (SLP). SHA is available in printed form and is used by thousands of planners worldwide.

Our course on SHA methods give equal weight to facility and warehouse subjects. It is needed by those who have to apply the following procedures:

  • Replace materials handling equipment, improve or add to their specifications.
  • Replace materials handling methods, or evaluate alternative methods.
  • Reorganize for a better flow of materials and movement of products.
  • Reduce costs through better materials handling methods.

Topic Highlights 

  • Classify the materials
  • Analyze the moves
  • Quantified flow daigram
  • Set handling equipment and container plans and adjust
  • Evaluate alternative plans
  • Detail the selected plan

What You Will Learn 

  • To improve the performance of facility.
  • To decrease the materials handling cost.
  • To provide the flexibility, harmony and quantity incrementation.
  • To save time and prevent oversights.
  • To improve the use of space

Course Content 

Systematic Planning of Industrial Facilities

  • Anatomy of an industrial plant
  • Layout, materials handling, communications and controls, utilities, building

Systematic Materials Handling Analysis (SHA)

  • How to apply systematic materials handling analysis (SHA)?
  • Four phases of materials handling
  • What is materials handling?
  • Steps of systematic handling analysis
  • Key inputs

Materials Classification

  • Determine the characteristics of materials
  • Classification of materials – sample case evaluation

Materials Movement Analysis – Sample Case Evaluation

  • What unit do you use to measure intensity of flow?
  • Flow analysis: Equivalent movement multipliers
  • Measuring diverse material movements
  • Route-product movement summary
  • How to prepare a quantified flow diagram?
  • Distance-intensity diagram and what it tells to us?
  • Flow intensity, effort and cost
  • Visualization of flow and materials handling effort

How to Plan an Effective Materials Handling Method?

  • Methods, plans and systems
  • Materials handling equipment types and their uses
  • Elements of materials handling cost
  • Real-world materials handling
  • Materials handling equipment classified by cost data
  • What the distance-intensity chart tells us about handling equipment?
  • Selection guide of materials handling eqipment by quantified flow diagram
  • Pick-up and set-down devices and transport units
  • What the distance-intensity chart tells us about layout and handling system?
  • Classical materials handling systems
  • How to decide on the handling equipment, transport unit and system?  

Case Study: Preliminary Handling Plan

Case Study: Overall Materials Handling Analysis

Developing and Evaluating Alternative Handling Plans

  • Evaluation of alternatives – sample case evaluation
  • Select the best handling plan

Detail Handling Plan and Implementation Phases

  • The pattern repeats
  • Forms of waste and relationship to material handling
  • Elimination of waste
  • Principles of lean materials handling
  • Basic good practices of materials handling
  • Implementation worksheet

Case Study: Challanging Layout Plan 

Case Study: Overall Materials Handling Analysis

Systematic Container Planning (SCP)

  • How to implement Systematic Container Planning (SCP)?
  • Framework of phases
  • Three fundamentals in SCP
  • Procedure of SCP

Material Classification – Sample Case Evaluation 

Industrial Container Types 

Functions of Industrial Containers 

Container Requirements and Guidelines – Sample Case Evaluation 

Overall Container Plan – Sample Case Evaluation 

Detail Container Plan – Sample Case Evaluation 

Container Process Chart 

Wooden Pallet Designs 

Fork-liftable Container Features 

Hand-liftable Container Considerations 

Container Selection Factors 

Who will benefit:

  • Plant and Production Managers/Engineers
  • Warehouse, Distribution and Logistics Managers
  • Industrial and Process Engineers and Systems Analysts
  • Materials Handling Engineers and Equipment Suppliers
  • Technicians and Lead Operators