Material Handling Equipment
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Bahrns Material Handling Equipment Company has been supplying material handling equipment and supplies for over 40 years. The company was founded by experienced material handling equipment professionals who have continued to build on their knowledge base over their many years of service.
Material handling equipment and supplies includes stationary material handling equipment such as pallet racks, shelving and the dozens of types of containers that are used in material handling as well as dynamic materials handling equipment such as hand trucks, pallet jacks, dollies and forklifts. Material handling equipment also includes a host of lifting and moving accessories such as conveyors, booms, cranes and hoists.
The History of Material Handling Equipment
We’ve all heard the expression, “The best thing since the invention of the wheel” many times, but the wheel was not, as the saying suggests, the first piece of material handling equipment to be invented. Arguably, the lever can claim that title. Levers, combined with logs (the precursor to the wheel) allowed primitive man to lift and move heavy objects that could not be efficiently transported by any other means.
For millennia, all material handling equipment relied on human or animal power. Then came the Age of Sail and the discovery of the New World. It’s no accident that the early growth of the United States was focused on the east coast. While sailing ships could efficiently carry goods, materials and people across water, no efficient means of land transport existed until the Steam Age. continued below . . .
Bahrns Material Handling Equipment General Material Handling Equipment, Supplies and Accessories:
Carts and Trucks
Casters and Wheels
Roller & Belt Conveyors and Ball Transfer Tables
Booms, Cranes, Hoists and Accessories
Drum Handling Equipment and Drums
Dollies and Moving Equipment
Lift Tables, Work Positioners and Tilt Tables
Forklift Forks and Lifting Accessories
Pallet Trucks, Pallet Positioners and Stackers
Pallets and Accessories
Tilt and Bulk Trucks
The Steam Age and the laying of the first transcontinental railroad line literally laid the foundation for the expansion of the nation into what we have today, but it wasn’t until the invention of the internal combustion engine that America became the world’s greatest industrial power. The IC engine, combined with the ingenuity of inventors like Henry Ford, whose masterful use of conveyor systems ushered in the first mass production system, led to an explosion of productivity. It’s no exaggeration to say that the United States’ owes its success to the materials handling equipment that came into existence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
In order to successfully compete with domestic and overseas competitors, American industry has had to continually evolve. Although it doesn’t capture the popular imagination as much as a sailing ship or steam engine, the evolution of the forklift has arguably played as great a part in American history as they have. The precursor to the modern forklift was an electric powered platform used by the Pennsylvania Railroad to transport baggage in the late 19th century. That was followed by a bomb handling crane used in WWI. Following the war, the crane was adopted by industry and improved upon.
The 20th century saw more improvements made to the lift truck. Some highlights of its evolution included:
- Clark’s Tructator, invented in 1917.
- The first industrial truck to use hydraulics in 1920.
- Yale’s electric lift truck with forks and a mast, introduced in 1923.
- The introduction of pallets in the 1930s.
As forklifts evolved into the primary means of moving goods and materials, they transformed the face of industry. Pallets, for example, led to innovations in pallet racking systems. In turn, the need to maximize space and more efficiently move and store pallets led to the production of narrow aisle (NA) and very narrow aisle (VNA) forklifts.
During the 1960s, competition between forklift manufacturers became fierce, with each company finding ways of improving the forklift in order to gain a larger market share. It was at about this time that Bahrns Equipment was established in Effingham, Illinois. Throughout nearly half a century of operation, Bahrns has been proactive in supplying the best in material handling equipment to their customers. As material handling experts, the Bahrns team recognized a need that wasn’t being filled in the Central Illinois material handling market. That need was for one business the materials handling community could turn to for all their equipment and supplies.
Aristotle wrote: “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” While that’s true of groups, teams and societies, Bahrns Equipment and Supplies might say that a material handling equipment company is only as good as the sum of its parts. One company, for example, may sell nothing but forklifts, while another sells only packaging goods. They may be good at what they do, but they can’t serve the manufacturing and warehousing industries as well as a company that sells forklifts, packaging, material handling equipment, janitorial equipment and everything else material handling businesses need to survive.
Since the beginning, Bahrns has strived to be a one-stop source for everything their customers need to operate efficiently. Providing that high level of customer service to the online community is a natural extension of the Bahrns commitment to full service, quality and value. In a nutshell, we believe your success is our success and working together, we can all be greater than the sum of our individual parts.
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Bahrns Material Handling Equipment Company
1708 S Banker Street
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: (217) 342-2909
Toll Free: (800) 432-2909
Fax: (217) 342-4342