Material Handling Industry of America (MHIA) has developed three new e-Lessons, available online at www.mhia.org. The on-line lessons provide a way of enhancing knowledge about material handling and supporting the professional development needs of individuals with or seeking careers in this exciting field. The lessons are also an excellent way to prepare for a national certification exam administered by the Material Handling Institute.
Two of the new e-Lessons are in the Tools of the Profession series -which introduces the subject of assembly Line Balancing, (this is one lesson broken into two parts-each of which can be taken at different times). The third lesson is the second in a series dealing with automation controls, the subject being the use of Device Networks in material handling.
All three lessons had sponsors supporting their development. The College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) supports all of the 'Tools' series lessons. Both MHIA's Integrated Systems and Controls Council (ISC) and the Conveyor Product Section support the lessons on Controls.
The addition of these three new e-Lessons brings the total number of MHIA e-lessons to 20, with more under development.
The College-Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE) is an independent organization that prepares and provides information, teaching materials and various events in support of material handling education and research. Founded in 1952, the Council is composed of college and university educators, material handling equipment manufacturers, distributors, users and consultants, representatives of the business press, and professional staff members of organizations concerned with material handling education.
The Integrated Systems and Controls Council (ISC) is a member driven organization. Member companies of ISC meet regularly to review, discuss and revise the standards for design, performance and proper operation of integrated material handling and controls systems. ISC member companies have committed to the development, maintenance and publishing of industry standard specifications for these systems.
The Conveyor Product Section member companies are concerned, conscientious manufacturers affiliated in an industry association to provide voluntary standards for the mechanical, structural and electrical design of conveyors, and to formulate guidelines for the proper use, operation and maintenance of those conveyors.
MHIA is an international trade association that has represented this industry since 1945. MHIA members include material handling equipment and systems manufacturers, integrators, consultants, publishers, and third party logistics providers. Member companies come from all areas of material handling and various parts of the world, making MHIA a strong national and international representative for the material handling industry. Much of the work of the industry is done within its product-specific sections, councils and affiliates. The association also sponsors trade events, such as ProMat and NA 2004 to showcase the products and services of its member companies and to educate industry professionals on the productivity solutions provided through material handling and logistics. For information on MHIA, visit http://www.mhia.org