MM2600, Lesson 1
AND MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT
Tasks. This lesson is based on the following tasks from STP 9-55B12-SM:
093-400-1125, Offload Ammunition from Transport.
093-400-1126, Process Unit Returns.
093-400-1129, Load Ammunition for Transport.
093-400-1152, Prepare Ammunition for Storage.
093-400-1157, Place Ammunition in Magazine Storage Site.
093-400-1162, Issue Ammunition.
093-400-1201, Prepare Ammunition for Shipment.
093-400-1230, Perform Operator Maintenance on Forklift.
Objectives. When you have completed this lesson, you should be able to identify representative types
of materials handling equipment and to identify handling safety procedures associated with each type.
Conditions. You will have this subcourse book and work without supervision.
Standard. You must score at least 70 on the end-of-subcourse examination that covers this lesson
and lesson 2.
IDENTIFY MATERIALS HANDLING EQUIPMENT
Many types of materials handling equipment (MHE) are used in ammunition units. They are both
manual and powered. Some examples of MHE and their uses will be covered in this lesson.
Manual Materials Handling Equipment
The most common manual materials handling equipment for ammunition are conveyors, pallet trucks,
and field expedients.
Conveyors. Conveyors (figure 1-1) are metal platforms made in sections 12 or 16 inches wide and 10
feet long. They are fitted with evenly-spaced rollers or small, uniformly spaced wheels that turn freely
in the frame of the platform. The conveyor is a simple device on which single ammunition boxes can be
rolled easily from one point to another.
Conveyor sections are equipped with pins and hooks so that the sections may be fastened together to
make a conveyor of the length desired. Some conveyors are equipped with adjustable supports (legs),
but other means of support are usually used in ammunition handling operations--sand-filled boxes,
empty boxes, or wooden stands (horses). Curved 45- and 90-degree sections are also available.