Order pickers are designed to handle individual items or cases, while turret trucks and reach trucks are for handling palletized loads. Sometimes, order pickers are also known as stock pickers or order selectors. The machinery has a platform wherein the operator stands. The order picker lifts the operator together with the forks so that she or he could pick stuff from the shelves and place them onto a pallet on the forks. The machine can move forward while in an elevated position. Wire guidance systems are provided.
Order pickers come with certain lift and travel speeds, fork size, reach limitations and weight limit. Most have a fork size designed to load a standard pallet, no more than about one and a half meters long. The higher lift and travel speed helps increase productivity, but training is necessary in order to prevent accidents. Personnel should be trained on the specific kind of unit they will be utilizing.
Low Lift Pallet Jacks
Non-powered pallet trucks
Non-powered pallet trucks are a less costly option. These simple lift trucks are also called hand pallet jacks and hand pallet trucks. These types of trucks make use of a hydraulic mechanism to lift pallets just several centimeters above the ground. The individual operating it pulls the load using the truck handle.
Electric-powered pallet trucks
Electric-powered pallet trucks are quite inexpensive and made for easy maneuvering. The fork size could hold two or three pallets. These trucks come in two kinds: the "rider" has a platform wherein the operator rides in a standing position; the "walkie" kind is meant to be operated while the operator walks alongside. These trucks are commonly found within warehouses, with operators order picking as they move down the aisles. Both non-powered and powered pallet trucks are categorized as ITA Class 3.