Select and specify materials handling systems for mechanical engineering

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Select and specify materials handling systems for mechanical
People credited with this unit standard are able to select the sequence of
mechanical engineering operations, and specify the required equipment for
materials handling systems.
Mechanical Engineering
Applied Principles of Mechanical Engineering
Status date
27 October 2005
Date version published
19 March 2010
Planned review date
31 December 2015
Entry information
Evaluation of documentation and visit by NZQA and
Standard setting body (SSB)
Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP) reference
This AMAP can be accessed at
Special notes
The credit value of this unit standard has been calculated on the basis that people
seeking credit have previously acquired competence in the transposition of formulae,
the manipulation of equations, and the use of trigonometric functions.
For the purpose of this unit standard, the term element means one discrete transport
item, and includes its drive mechanism, control system and supporting frame.
This unit standard does not cover materials handling systems in situations where a
manufacturing process is occurring, such as the transport systems within kilns and
This unit standard does not cover the design of systems involving robotic equipment.
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Evidence of the elements of this unit standard must be presented across the
following contexts:
a materials – raw materials, in-process products and finished products; fluids and
b equipment – conveyors (belt, chain, roller, screw, overhead, fluid, vibrating
tables); piped systems; ducted systems; drive mechanisms (including electric and
hydraulic motors), control systems (including variable speed motors, limit switches
and sensors); supporting frames, bearings, and lubrication systems.
The following apply to the performance of all elements of this unit standard:
a all work practices must meet worksite's documented quality management
requirements. This includes documentation of activities, events, assumptions,
and decisions;
b all activities must comply with: any policies, procedures, and requirements of the
organisations involved; the ethical codes and standards of relevant professional
bodies; the cultural requirements of the organisations and individuals involved;
and any relevant legislative and/or regulatory requirements, which may include
but are not limited to the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992, Resource
Management Act 1991, Building Act 2004, and their subsequent and delegated
Elements and performance criteria
Element 1
Specify the sequence of mechanical engineering operations.
Performance criteria
Sequence of operations identifies key features to be included in specifications.
key features – horizontal layout, elevations, speeds, loading and
discharge points, material orientation and protection.
Analysis of the selected sequence of operations identifies all the equipment
required to move materials between given points.
Required equipment and sequence of operation fit into available spaces and do
not interfere with existing operations and processes.
Element 2
Specify the required equipment.
Performance criteria
Specifications enable production requirements and targets to be achieved.
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The level of detail is sufficient to identify items that are commercially available
and enables commercially unavailable items to be manufactured to
impact loading, weight capacity, volume capacity, speed, gearing,
materials storage (bin, unitised, in-process stockpiling).
Specified equipment meets the organisation's and regulatory requirements for
maintenance, durability, safety, and mechanical stability.
Please note
Providers must be accredited by NZQA, or an inter-institutional body with delegated
authority for quality assurance, before they can report credits from assessment against
unit standards or deliver courses of study leading to that assessment.
Industry Training Organisations must be accredited by NZQA before they can register
credits from assessment against unit standards.
Accredited providers and Industry Training Organisations assessing against unit standards
must engage with the moderation system that applies to those standards.
Accreditation requirements and an outline of the moderation system that applies to this
standard are outlined in the Accreditation and Moderation Action Plan (AMAP). The
AMAP also includes useful information about special requirements for organisations
wishing to develop education and training programmes, such as minimum qualifications for
tutors and assessors, and special resource requirements.
Comments on this unit standard
Please contact Competenz [email protected] if you wish to suggest changes to the
content of this unit standard.
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