No one is quite certain who first invented the fork truck, but the Clark Company is usually credited with inventing it in 1917. This gasoline powered prototype device quickly caught on, and today, there are more than a million forklifts in use in warehouses across the world.
What was used before forklifts?
How were these completed without the modern forklift? The answer is manpower. Many of these structures were constructed using many, many men. Ramps and simple devices like rolling logs were used to reduce friction and easily move heavy objects from the ground to higher places.
When were forklift pallets invented?
The earliest U.S. patent on a skid can be found from 1924, describing the invention as a “lift truck platform” by Howard T. Hallowell. During the ’30s new forklift types made skids more common. In 1938, George Raymond filed for a patent containing a new pallet jack design with features that are still in use today.
When did pallets come into use?
Pallets were first being used in the 19th century when they were made bespoke to the type of goods that were being moved. When the war came, the armed services faced a larger volume of material to move than had ever existed previously.
Who invented pallet racking?
A saying never more true than with the birth of Dexion, brainchild of 50-year-old Greek-Australian, Demetrius Comino.
Where was the forklift truck invented?
It was really in 1906, with the introduction of a battery-powered wagon in Altoona, on the Pennsylvania railroad, that the journey to the modern forklift really began.