How Forklifts Are Made | KION North America

How Forklifts Are Made

Forklifts are an essential component of maneuvering the heavy-duty materials used in every warehouse. While anyone who works with this machinery regularly knows what it looks like and what its functions are, they more than likely aren’t familiar with how they are created. Forklifts have been improved over the years to lift, carry, and relocate products efficiently. To give a better understanding of what goes into making a forklift, we’ve compiled a brief summary to help.

The Materials

Forklifts are made from various raw steel materials in the shapes of bars, plates, etc that are specifically welded and formed to build the anatomy of the forklift before being painted and adding on any components. First comes first is the frame, as every other component of the forklift’s body depends on this structure.

Components of the Body

The welded and shaped steel materials are then used to create the essential body of the forklift. Included in this body are the mast, lift and tilt cylinders, carriage, forks, load basket, tires, and overall power supply. Within this are even smaller components made from the steel materials, such as the operator’s seat, steering wheel, and levers. While all of these components are essential, the make and design of them differ by what type of forklift you are creating, what products you’re hoping to transport, and what environment you’ll be transporting them in.

Finding Quality Sources

All that is mentioned above means nothing without quality materials to assemble your forklift. At KION North America, we pride ourselves in working with Linde and Baoli to provide innovative and energy-conscious materials at a lower cost. KION North America also works closely with its sister company, Dematic, the global leader in automated material handling that provides a comprehensive range of intelligent supply chain and automation solutions.

Become informed about what goes into manufacturing a forklift so that you are able to make positive choices about what materials you’re working within your warehouse! To learn more about KION North America’s services and comprehensive product portfolio from Linde and Baoli, visit our website.

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