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1) Control

Controls refer to the control devices (and software) required to operate powered, mechanical material handling equipment. It is the emphasis on control that ultimately leads to an integrated system and brings about the level of coordination in material and information flow that is desired. With automated information handling, the word "controls" embraces specific pieces of hardware, software, a communication network and the human user interfaces used to capture and transmit data and instruction and invoke action. See also Integrated Systems & Controls .

2) Sonic control

A means of transmitting "instructions" to the controls of a material handling device utilizing sound and or voice.  A form of Wireless Controls .

3) Radio controlled

Means by which a material handling device or piece of equipment is controlled by receiving commands via radio frequencies sent to an onboard receiver.  Allows the equipment or device to be controlled remotely and out of harm's way.

4) Quality control

The use of sensors to detect the presence of an object's component part, fill level, or dimensional tolerance for the purposes of providing process quality control.

5) Radio control

A communication medium through which motor, drives and controls receive direction over radio waves emitted from hand-held and equipment mounted transmitters.

6) Wireless controls

Just as the name denotes, these controlling devices utilize laser, radio and infrared medium to a relay information to various types of material handling equipment.

7) Integrated Systems & Controls

Integrated Systems and Controls (ISC) refers to a product section of the Material Handling Industry of America. An integrated system is a desired state that generally refers to at least one of the three possible characteristics of an installed material handling system. First, although mechanical automation of the material flow properties of a system may be evident, it is the automation of the information flow associated with what is taking place, concurrently with the physical flow, that is the most defining characteristic. Secondly, an integrated system can be characterized by an unbroken, highly coordinated material flow link between successive stages in a manufacturing or warehousing operation where continuous flow is emphasized, and delays, waiting and intermediate storage minimized. Thirdly, an integrated system characteristically interfaces two or more material handling devices in order to form the bridge between work stations or other discrete points of origin and destination within the material flow cycle, with the goal being a high degree of mechanical coordination and the precise timing of movements. See also System Integrator , Consultant , and Controls .

8) Integrated Systems & Controls (ISC) Industry Group

Integrated Systems & Controls (ISC) members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of integrated material handling and controls systems. They supply systems worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector.

9) Electrification and Controls Manufacturers Association (ECMA) Industry Group

Electrification and Controls Manufacturers Association (ECMA) members are the Industry’s leading suppliers of electrification and controlling devices. They supply solutions worldwide and in virtually every major manufacturing and distribution sector.

10) Landing gate

A gate to control personnel traffic at a landing.

11) Radio frequency

A communication medium by which motor and controls are directed by means of high and low frequency radio transmission directives.  Often referred to as a Wireless Controls .

12) Pendant station

Also referred to as a "pushbutton station".  An electrical control device consisting of pushbutton-operated contacts in an enclosure used by the operator for control of the powered motions of the crane, hoist and other auxiliary equipment.

13) Controller

A device by means of which the operator controls the speed, acceleration, torque and/or direction or motor driven equipment.

14) Vertical creep

Extremely slow speed movement of a scissors lift that is the result of normal, internal leakage of fluid control valves.

15) Angular creep

Extremely slow speed movement of a tilter that is the result of normal, internal leakage of fluid control valves.