A stock picker, also known as an order picker is a machinery that is somewhat like a forklift. It enables the operator to utilize forks to raise a pallet. An order picker is also capable of lifting the operator up to higher shelves for picking certain things, and this feature is something the forklift does not offer. Typically, order pickers are operated by electricity. These type of machines are mainly used in a warehouse environment. Usually they are used for transporting pallets and doing certain jobs in the shelving and stocking department.
The order picker operator utilizes controls to control the unit from a platform setting which usually sits fairly near the ground. The operator is able to direct the machine to go backwards, forwards or steer it from side to side. Once the operator has positioned the unit in place the tines can be lifted up to the required level that makes it convenient for the operator. Like for instance, if the materials required, are located on a shelf that the operator could not reach, then whole platform is capable of being raised 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 whilst the platform is raised, however, several businesses may have procedures and policies in place preventing such maneuvers in the name of safety. An order picker can also place pallets on a shelf. Forklifts and stackers may be utilized to finish these specific tasks at several companies instead.