A stock picker, also known as an order picker is a machine that is quite similar to a forklift. It enables the operator to use forks to raise a pallet. An order picker is also capable of lifting the operator up to higher shelves for picking some things, and this feature is something the lift truck does not provide. Normally, order pickers are operated by electricity. These machines are mainly utilized in a warehouse setting. Most often they are utilized for moving pallets and finishing specific jobs in the shelving and stocking 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 blades could be lifted up to the required level which makes it very convenient for the operator. For instance, if the materials needed, are situated on a shelf which the operator could not reach, then entire 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.
The platform is lowered back to its original position after the order has been picked. The order picker is then directed or driven to its next location. With the majority of models, it is possible to move the order picker while the platform is raised, however, some companies might have procedures and policies in place preventing such maneuvers in the name of safety. An order picker is also able to place pallets on a shelf. Stackers and forklifts could be used to complete these specific tasks at several companies instead.