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Have you ever wondered how the highly-efficient forklifts have developed through the years? Who designed the forklift trucks, considered as hardworking handling machines in project sites? These machines are known for their hardworking role- moving a load from one point to the next, and raising loads up to a certain height. Though these machines are tough, still some people don’t pay much attention to these machines, in fact some hardly ask its history. In order to finally put these trucks into its proper place in business, then it’s a about time that everyone should know how these tough trucks were developed, and what are its promises in modern applications.
A Billion-Dollar Industry and Evolving
The forklift industry is a multi-billion industry, and in 2011 the market is worth at least $27 billion. According to some industry records, there are at least 150,000 units sold every year. And right now, there are millions of units in operations serving warehouses and construction and project sites. The modern forklift trucks that are known to many were inspired by hoists, or simple machines that were used for lifting and moving loads and packages that were popular in the late 1800s. The design of these hoists allowed some people to tweak the design, and come up with platform trucks made from wood that can be used to move loads. This design revolution also led to an improvement in design with trucks backed by batteries and electric motors. By the First World War, these wooden-based trucks were designed to feature the electrical platforms that allowed it to be raised at a certain height.
The early designs of the forklift trucks were basic- the intent was to move loads, and raise loads at certain heights. The design of these trucks only improved when certain companies led by Clark introduced revolutionary design tweaks on the forklift truck. The first prototype of the modern forklift trucks of today was dubbed the ‘Tructractor’. This was a version of the wooden truck for use within the vicinity of Clark. But when visitors saw these trucks, they immediately took note and started requesting these trucks for their own uses. In 1920, another milestone happened in the industry when the first forklift truck powered by hydraulics was introduced in the market. Yale is another important player in the industry, and in 1923 it managed to introduce the electric forklift that comes with elevated mast and raising forks considered by many as the true ancestor of the modern forklifts available today.
The first few designs of the forklift trucks were not popular and did not sold well in the market. But with the development of the standardized pallet, the popularity of these materials handling machines surged. By the start of another world war, the popularity of these trucks reached unprecedented levels since these trucks were used by laborers to transport loads and equipments. The forklifts were soon used in warehouses and project sites and were used to transport loads and materials. Through the years the design and the functionality of these trucks have improved. With the changing and increasing needs for these trucks, many manufacturers have decided to tap into new models that can accommodate changing needs and requirements. Major companies soon tapped into forklift trucks that can reach up to 50 feet, and there are some forklift trucks that can navigate narrow aisles and floor spaces.
Modern Forklifts Known for Safety Features and Innovation
Right now, the modern forklift trucks are known for their safety innovations and other modern features. It is now a common trend to see some companies developing new concept forklifts and production forklifts that comply with regulatory requirements when it comes to energy-efficient forklift trucks. It is no longer surprising to see many brands and makes of forklift trucks that are powered by electricity, propane, LPG and even hydrogen fuel cells.