History of Forklifts
Forklift technology provides the capacity to move heavy or bulky items easily across short distances. Forklifts are commonly used in the daily operations of various kinds of businesses. Forklift design is always undergoing improvement as technology advances.
The forklift was invented during the early 20th century at the start of the industrial period in America. A company called Clark manufactured the first truck tracker in 1917. It was developed for use within Clark's own plant, but when other individuals saw it they were very impressed with this lifting machine, even if it was just capable of lifting loads just a few centimeters off the ground. The next year, Clark began to sell the trucks widely.
The first types of forklifts were only the basics. By the year 1920, hydraulics was incorporated into the design. In 1923, Yale Baker developed an electric powered model with a ratchet and pinion system which cost less to use. Pallets were developed as surfaces that are stackable on which to transport materials. This permitted larger loads to be moved.
In order to deal with the increased demand, more companies moved into the material handling industry during WWII. Companies, like Hyster, went from making other types of equipment to making lift trucks. The U.S. Armed Forces increased demand for forklifts for the reason of bringing military supplies to the frontlines. The demand for longer lasting electric models resulted in the development of forklifts which could last for eight hours.
During the course of their history, forklifts have significantly changed. Businesses all around the world need forklifts to increase production and reduce expenses. Modern trucks are more productive and more comfortable and safer than their predecessors.