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The Development of the Forklift Truck

2020-07-16 147 Size
The Earliest Fork Trucks
The evolution of the forklift truck was not merely two or three different designs molded into one perfect machine. Instead, its evolution was a series of different transformations among periods of change, it has taken years of development and research.
 
The fork truck, which later evolved into the forklift, has been in use for over 80 years.The story of the forklift truck starts in the Industrial revolution, which took place across Europe, Japan, and the USA in the 18th and 19th centuries. The biggest and most significant change during this time was the introduction of machines to the manufacturing process, replacing the more time-consuming and cumbersome hand tools that had come before.


 
Making Fork Trucks More Powerful
Roughly around 1900, the first vertical lift trucks, known as platform trucks, were born.These machines were wheeled carts with wooden platforms that could be raised and lowered within a very limited range, and during the next few decades, traction batteries and electric motors were added to increase power and capability. The mid-1900s proved to be an era that boosted the entire design and technology of the forklift industry. While forklifts in the early 1900s were forming as new inventions, the trucks didn’t quite surge into popularity until a breakthrough in 1930. Safety became a major concern in 1955 as people realized objects could fall from high elevations and the load brackets and operator cages became standard features in forklifts.

 The Development of the Forklift Truck

Advancements in Forklift Technology
Since then, there have been a number of advances and changes in forklift technology. In order to protect operators, backrests were added to the masts to help keep loads from falling backwards. A cage was also placed around the driver to add more protection. Forklifts are better balanced today, which has also helped reduce the number of forklift accidents.
 
The harsh emissions of diesel lifts are hazardous for indoor environments, compared to electric or other forms of powered engines that are more human-friendly. Other forms include battery powered, electric, propane and natural gas. Companies continue to develop and renovate different engine types to improve forklift efficiency, size, power and stability. All these efforts to reduce emissions have several benefits: preventing hospitalization from exposure, avoiding premature death, creating safer work environments and adding revenue from productivity.The future of forklifts will see continuous improvements and evolutions in the safety aspects of loading equipment.
 
In our current century, lift truck technology has progressed alongside modern notions such as fleet management solutions and sustainability best practices. Designers and product development teams are focusing their attention on making lift trucks even safer and increasing their fuel efficiency. From hydrogen-powered and low-emission forklifts to “intelligent” forklifts directly connected to inventory management systems, today’s manufacturers continue to research new ways to help the material handling industry.
Forklifts will continue to adapt, becoming more powerful, safer, and more efficient. For more information on the latest technology TIDER forklifts can offer you.