It is especially appropriate to consider the status of material handling at this time, as the Material Handling Engineering Division of the ASME marks the 75th Anniversary of its founding. Seventy-five years is a long time, and those of us actively engaged in research, development, and application owe a great debt to those who have gone before, like Jim Allred, Irv Footlik, Walter O’Mally, Ralph Sims, Howard Zollinger, and the like. It would be inappropriate to try to review the current status without reviewing how we got here.

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