A stock picker, also referred to as an order picker is a machine that is quite like a forklift. It enables the driver to use forks to pick up a pallet. An order picker is also capable of lifting the operator up to higher shelves for picking certain objects, and this feature is something the forklift does not provide. Usually, order pickers are operated by electricity. These kind of equipment are mostly utilized in a warehouse environment. Most often they are utilized for moving pallets and doing certain tasks in the stocking and shelving department.
The operator of the oder picker sits up on a platform where they operate the controls. These controls help to direct the machine forward, backward or steer it from side to side. As soon as the operator has positioned the unit in place the tines could be raised to the required level which makes it very convenient for the operator. Like for instance, if the materials needed, are located on a shelf which the operator cannot reach, then whole platform is capable of being lifted up to certain level. Due to the counterweight situated at the other end, the unit remains balanced, even at higher levels.
After the order has been picked, the platform is lowered back to its original position. Then the order picker can 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 policies and procedures in place preventing such maneuvers for safety reasons. An order picker could also place pallets on a shelf. Forklifts and stackers can be used to complete these specific jobs at some companies instead.