Order pickers are designed to handle individual items or cases, whereas turret trucks and reach trucks are utilized for handling palletized loads. Sometimes, order pickers are also known as order selectors or stock pickers. The machine has a platform wherein the operator stands. The order picker lifts the operator along with the forks so that he or she can pick items from the shelves and put them onto a pallet on the forks. The machinery can move forward while in an elevated position. Wire guidance systems are offered.
Order pickers come with certain travel and lift speeds, fork size, reach limitations and weight limit. Most have a fork size designed to load an average pallet, no more than around 1.5 meters in length. The higher travel and lift speed helps improve productivity, but training is really essential to prevent accidents. Personnel should be trained on the specific kind of unit they will be operating.
Low Lift Pallet Jacks
Non-powered pallet trucks
Non-powered pallet trucks are a less costly alternative. These simple lift trucks are also referred to as hand pallet trucks and hand pallet jacks. These trucks make use of a hydraulic mechanism to be able to lift pallets no more than several centimeters above the floor. The person operating it pulls the load using the handle of the truck.
Electric-powered pallet trucks
Built for easy maneuvering, the electric-powered pallet trucks are reasonably priced. The fork size could hold two or three pallets. These trucks are available in two kinds: the "walkie" version is meant to be operated while the operator walks alongside; the "rider" has a platform wherein the operator rides in a standing position. These trucks are normally 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.