All You Need To Know About Material Handling Solutions

At Permatt, we understand that different forms of material handling solutions that may be needed for the level of work you are aiming to achieve. We’ve created a guide to materials handling. Read on to see what sort of material handling solutions you may need for the work you are carrying out.

What is Material Handling?

To put it simply, it is a process that includes movement of a short distance. This is usually inside a building, or between the transportation vehicle and the building. In essence, it’s the handling of certain materials. This is usually applicable in areas such as manufacturing, distribution, consumption and disposal.


This can be done in various ways but involves the movements, protection, storage and control of materials and products. Top tips for materials handling include:

  • Boost your equipment usage for utilising time
  • Enhance the materials flow
  • Reduce manufacturing time through movement processes
  • Improve material quality but reducing damage
  • Ensure the safety of workers with minimal hazards
  • Determine an appropriate distance to cover
  • Improve efficiency as well as productivity


Materials Handling can be seen as either manual handling or automated handling.

Manual Handling

Manual handling is a process that sees physical workers transporting and moving goods. Manual handling is useful if you’re wanting to move smaller items. The worker will tend to lift, lower, fill, empty and even carry the required products. The main issue with this is with safety. Manual handling can lead to physical injuries – mainly to the lower back, shoulders and arms.

Around 500,000 of musculoskeletal cases in the UK every year are confirmed to be due to manual labour intensive jobs. To avoid any sort of injuries the recommended manual lifting weight is only 51lb, which equates to only 3.6 stone.

Automated Handling

Automated handling is the preferred way to move your products from one area to another. A lot of the time material handling equipment is only semi-automated, as a human operator is needed to drive the machine, as well as to load and unload the equipment. Although automated handling isn’t as flexible as manual handling, it does provide for a lot heavier lifting and further delivery of goods. Automated handling solutions tend to be pricer in cost, but improve efficiency, productivity and in the long run are an extremely cost-effective option.



Controlling material-handling costs increases productivity and brings a company more profit. Material handling can be greatly reduced by solutions delivering as many materials as possible directly to the production floor. 

The path between materials moving through production should be ideally as short as possible. When materials are being transported, this reduces the time spent in production. By setting up a straight line for materials to travel, this can greatly reduce the manufacturing time and increase your earnings.


The following are the helpful benefits of using trucks in transporting materials:

  • increased production
  • Increase workplace safety
  • reduce downtime
  • improve ergonomics
  • improve warehouse health
  • increase efficiency
  • increase capacity
  • increase flexibility



Material handling equipment systems are needed when you require more than just manual labour to transport your materials. There are various handling equipment solutions, such as forklift trucks, which can help you combat your transportation hurdles and provide workplace safety.

There are an array of products and brands that will suit your handling equipment needs.


Cat Lift Trucks are highly advanced and extremely powerful trucks, that will help you with any and all materials handling situations. 

Cat Forklifts delivery day after day on their uncompromising quality, durability and diversity.

We have a wide range of CAT trucks on offer including:

Whether you’re wanting diesel or gas powered or if you’re wanting something that can hold 1.0 ton or 16.0 ton, here at Permatt our range of Cat lift trucks will help you manage your material handling system.


One of the world’s leading designers and manufacturers of both access equipment and lift equipment products. They are the perfect brand for any materials handling. Having been designed to safely and quickly allow workers the ability to perform construction and maintenance tasks with a range of products under their belt, that keeps expanding with the times.

JLG offers engine powered boom lifts, vertical lifts, hybrid boom lifts, scissor lifts, stock pickers and even telehandlers, all of which we supply at Permatt.


Konecranes are the leading providers of heavy duty lifting trucks. They are built to withstand even the harshest of working conditions, as well as being able to lift a range of different lifting capacities – the largest being up to 65 tons.

At Permatt we supply Konecranes lifts such as forklift trucks, reach stackers, container lift trucks and industry sectors. 


Combilift is a global manufacturer of multi-directional forklifts, after becoming an increasing need for their clients. Combilift trucks are perfect if you need to load long and bulky loads.

Suited for both indoor and outdoor use, including aisles are narrow as 210cm in width. Take a look at our range of Combilift product options available. 


Considered a pioneer in the application of heavy-duty electric forklifts, Carer, are exceptional at studying the components used in their products and so are very well knowledged on their supply. 

Carer electric trucks are known for being compact, as well as have larger batteries for longer power. Read more about our Carer trucks products and how you can buy or rent one today.



Permatt is one of the most trusted material handling companies in the UK. With an extensive range of product solutions to suit any and all of your needs, you will find what you’re looking for with Permatt. If you’re unsure what exactly you need and would like some advice we would be more than happy to help.

Contact us today on our website, call us on 0191 216 5320 or email us at for more information.


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