A stock picker or order picker equipment is really like a typical forklift. It has hydraulic tines able to raise a pallet. Order pickers could also lift the operator up to high places, which is a feature that lift trucks presently do not offer. Usually, order pickers are powered by electricity. These machines are mainly utilized in a warehouse environment. Usually they are utilized for moving pallets and doing particular jobs in the stocking and shelving department.
The order picker operator sits up on a platform where they operate the controls. These controls help to direct the machinery forward, backward or steer it from side to side. When the operator has positioned the unit in place the forks can be lifted up to the required level that makes it convenient for the operator. Like for instance, if the needed materials, are situated on a shelf that the operator cannot reach, then whole platform is capable of being lifted up to certain level. Due to the counterweight located at the other end, the unit remains balanced, even at higher levels.
When the order has been picked, the platform is lowered back to its original position. Then the order picker could be driven to its next load. With the majority of models, it is possible to move the order picker while the platform is raised, however, several businesses might have policies and procedures in place preventing such maneuvers for safety reasons. An order picker is also able to place pallets on a shelf. Stackers and forklifts can be used to finish these specific jobs at several companies instead.