Order pickers are made to handle individual cases or items, while reach trucks and turret trucks are used for handling palletized loads. Order pickers are also sometimes called stock pickers or order selectors. The machinery has a platform on which the person who is operating it stands. The order picker lifts the operator together with the forks so that he or she can pick items from the shelves and place them onto a pallet on the forks. The equipment could move forward whilst in an elevated position. Wire guidance systems are provided.
Order pickers come with certain travel and lift speeds, fork size, weight limit and reach limitations. Nearly all have a fork size designed to load a typical pallet, no more than around one and a half meters long. The higher travel and lift speed helps increase efficiency, but training is required in order to avoid accidents. Personnel should be trained on the specific type of unit they will be utilizing.
Low Lift Pallet Jacks
Non-powered pallet trucks
If you want a less pricey option then you could utilize non-powered pallet trucks. These simple lift trucks are also referred to as hand pallet jacks and hand pallet trucks. These types of trucks use a hydraulic mechanism in order to lift pallets just a few centimeters above the floor. The person operating it pulls the load utilizing the handle of the truck.
Electric-powered pallet trucks
Built for easy maneuvering, the electric-powered pallet trucks are reasonably priced. The size of the fork could hold two to three pallets. These trucks come in two kinds: the "walkie" type 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 commonly found within warehouses, with operators order picking as they move down the aisles. Both powered and non-powered pallet trucks are categorized as ITA Class 3.