1. Material handling work should be minimized without sacrificing productivity or the level of service required of the operation.
  2. The measure of material handling work in flow rate volume, right or count per unit of time multiplied by distance moved.
  3. Simplifying processes by reducing, combining, shortening or eliminating unnecessary moves which reduce work.
  4. Where possible, gravity should be used to move materials or to assist in their movement while respecting consideration of safety and the potential for product damage.
  5. The work principle is implemented best by appropriate layout planning, by locating the production equipment into a physical arrangement corresponding to the flow of work. This arrangement tends to minimize the distance that must be traveled by the materials being processed.

 

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