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Logistics Automation Industry Resources

Industry Organizations

Logistics Automation Industry Resources can help you find information, suppliers and in networking.

MHI_logoMaterial Handling Industry of America (MHI) MHI is the nation’s largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association. MHI offers education, networking and solution sourcing for members, their customers and the industry as a whole through programming and events. MHI has 800 members including: material handling and logistics equipment companies, systems and software manufacturers; consultants; systems integrators and simulators; and third-party logistics providers and publishers.

WERCThe Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC) is focused exclusively on warehouse management, providing practical, how-to information to help members grow professionally as they improve warehouse and company performance. WERC members are professionals who lead, direct and manage the efficient flow of information, materials, and finished goods throughout the supply chain. Members represent many types of businesses, such as manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and third-party warehousing/logistics providers.

MHEDA LogoThe Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association, (MHEDA) is the only trade association dedicated solely to improving the proficiency of the independent material handling equipment distributor. MHEDA represents all segments of the material handling industry and offers industry specific business training and resources to help maintain and strengthen companies.  MHEDA is the direct connection to the Material Handling Industry’s hottest trends, newest products, and best management training workshops and represents a wealth of resources.

NSPE LogoThe National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) is the recognized voice and advocate of licensed Professional Engineers. Founded in 1934, NSPE strengthens the engineering profession by promoting engineering licensure and ethics, enhancing the engineer image, advocating and protecting Professional Engineers’ legal rights at the national and state levels, publishing news of the profession, providing continuing education opportunities, and much more. NSPE serves some 50,000 members and the public.

PMMI LogoThe Packaging Machinery Manufacturers Institute (PMMI) is a trade association whose more than 500 members manufacture packaging and packaging-related converting machinery in the United States and Canada. PMMI’s vision is to be the leading global resource for packaging. Its mission is to improve and promote members’ abilities to meet the needs of their customers.  PMMI members are globally renowned for making the highest quality equipment, offering responsive service, and committing to meeting their customers’ needs.

APICS LogoAmerican Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS) – APICS The Association for Operations Management is the global leader and premier source of the body of knowledge in supply chain and operations management, including production, inventory, materials management, purchasing, and logistics. Since 1957, individuals and companies have relied on APICS for its superior training, internationally recognized certifications, comprehensive resources, and worldwide network of accomplished industry professionals.

ANSI LogoAmerican National Standards Institute (ANSI)  – The Institute oversees the creation, promulgation and use of thousands of norms and guidelines that directly impact businesses in nearly every sector: from  acoustical devices to construction equipment, from dairy and livestock  production to energy distribution, and many more. ANSI is also actively engaged in accrediting programs that assess conformance to standards – including globally-recognized programs such as the ISO 9000 (quality) and ISO 14000 (environmental) management systems.

APIC LogoThe Institute of Packaging Professionals is dedicated to creating networking and educational opportunities that help packaging professionals succeed.  IoPP is committed to providing members with the right opportunities through networking events and educational programs. All of IoPP’s programs are driven by industry need and delivered by qualified leaders in the packaging community. Educational courses are developed using fresh curriculum based in industry demand.

Additional Resources

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

ASME membership includes opportunities to share new concepts, spearhead solutions and advance the science and practice of mechanical engineering through the programs of its 36 technical divisions and four institutes. ASME International is a nonprofit educational and technical organization serving a worldwide membership of 125,000.

Association of Professional Material Handling Consultants (APMHC)

APMHC is a professional society composed of individual consultants in the material handling field.

The Automated Materials Handling Association

For over 27 years, the Automated Materials Handling Association (formerly ASRS/AGVS Users’ Association) has promoted the sharing of knowledge and experience among its members, both users and vendors, to provide proven solutions to common warehousing/automation problems.

Automatic Identification Manufacturers (AIM) and AIM International

AIM is a worldwide authority on automatic identification, data collection and networking in a mobile environment.

College-Industry Council on Materials Handling Education (CICMHE)

Provides information, teaching materials and various events in support of material handling education and research.

Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA)

CEMA’s purpose is to promote voluntary standardization of conveyor design, manufacture, and application.

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals seeks to enhance the development of the logistics profession by providing logistics professionals with information and educational opportunities.

Federation Europeenne de la Manutention (FEM)

FEM is the European manufacturers association of materials handling, lifting and storage equipment. It represents the technical, economic and political interests of the industry. FEM serves technical progress and improves safety at work through the establishment of guidelines and business codes.

Industrial Truck Association (ITA)

ITA’s site includes directory of members’ products by truck class, information on vendor-sponsored operator training programs, data on standards for trucks and parts, lift-truck industry events, annual statistics on U.S. shipments of industrial trucks and more.

Institute of Industrial Engineers (IIE)

IIE is a professional society dedicated to advancing the technical and managerial excellence of those concerned with improving the productivity of integrated systems of people, materials, information, equipment and energy. The Institute of Industrial Engineers serves the professional needs of industrial engineers and all individuals involved with improving quality and productivity.

Institute of Packaging Professionals (IoPP)

IoPP is the leading individual membership organization serving the educational needs of the packaging community.

International Warehouse Logistics Association (IWLA)

IWLA is the unified voice of the global logistics outsourcing industry, representing third party warehousing, transportation and logistics service providers.

Material Handling Education Foundation (MHEF)

The Material Handling Education Foundation, Inc. is an independent, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting material handling education.

National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)

The NAM is the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.

National Wooden Pallet & Container Association (NWPCA)

NWPCA is dedicated to the success of our members by helping them create cost-effective, environmentally responsible solutions to meet their customers’ changing unit load handling needs.

Robotics Industries Association (RIA)

IA is North America’s only trade association focused exclusively on robotics with more than 250 member companies representing leading robot manufacturers, system integrators, end users and researchers.

Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)

The Society of Manufacturing Engineers is a nonprofit, professional society dedicated to the advancement of scientific knowledge in the field of manufacturing engineering. SME is a professional society serving the manufacturing industries. SME has some 60,000 members in 70 countries and supports a network of hundreds of chapters worldwide.

Supply Chain Council (SCC)

The Supply-Chain Council’s membership is primarily practitioners representing a broad cross section of industries, including manufacturers, services, distributors, and retailers.

Women in Packaging (WP)

Women in Packaging is an international, nonprofit organization designed to foster the growth and success of packaging professionals. WP provides a forum for packaging education, networking and mentoring for the personal and professional development of women.