Forklifts have been around for some time now, since being invented in 1906. Ever since then they have continued to evolve over the years to meet ever-changing requirements and suite more diverse uses. Also, changing technology continues to create more potential in the forklift industry, and the forklifts we are seeing today are becoming far more superior to traditional models.
We wanted to take a quick look at the the evolution of forklift trucks, in terms of the changes they’ve gone through.
Incorporating smart technology
Forklift accidents are always a risk and can often lead to a severe or potentially fatal injury. Thanks to ever-changing smart technology, forklifts can now be connected to intelligent systems including ERP systems RFIDs and Zone Control. Movements of a truck can be tracked thanks to state-of-the-art sensors, which can be attached to them. These sensors are also able to detect any impacts and accidents that may happen.
These days forklift trucks can be customised to a much greater extent, in order to meet the changing demands of manufacturing firms, and the equipment they require. Their basic functions can be customised to suit the exact requirements of a particular workplace or task.
Alternative current motors
Many forklifts now make use of AC motors, which come with their fair share of great benefits. From lower maintenance costs and higher performance power, to enhanced energy efficiency as a result of the longer available time between charges.
With the continued rise in fuel costs, there’s an ever-increasing demand for more environmentally friendly forklift technology. Electric forklifts in particular have increased in popularity in recent years, becoming one of the more favoured type of models on the market.
Ergonomically designed trucks
Forklifts have seen many advancement in terms of comfort for the operators using them. This has in turn worked wonders for productivity levels. Thanks to advancements in ergonomic design, many forklifts now come with a range of optional features and add-ons which can help make drivers more productive, more efficient, and help keep them safer on the job.
Narrow aisle forklifts
These days narrow aisle trucks are the ideal solution for working in a busy, crowded warehouse environment. If space is limited then these types of forklifts can still operate efficiently, offering
50% more pallet space in the same area. They also boast lower storage costs than other forklift models.