An order picker or stock picker machine is really similar to a regular forklift. It has hydraulic forks able to raise a pallet. Order pickers can also lift the operator up to high places, which is a feature that forklifts presently do not offer. Typically, order pickers are powered by electricity. These machinery are mostly used in a warehouse setting. Usually they are utilized for transporting pallets and doing specific tasks 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 backwards, forwards or steer it from side to side. As soon as the operator has positioned the unit in place the blades could be lifted up to the required level that makes it very convenient for the operator. Like for example, if the needed materials, are located on a shelf which the operator cannot reach, then whole platform could be raised up to certain level. Due to the counterweight situated 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 most models, it is possible to move the order picker while the platform is raised, although, some businesses may have procedures and policies in place preventing such maneuvers in the name of safety. An order picker can also put pallets on a shelf. Forklifts and stackers can be used to finish these particular jobs at some companies instead.