A stock picker, also referred to as an order picker is a machinery which is somewhat similar to a forklift. It allows the driver to utilize forks to pick up a pallet. An order picker is also capable of lifting the operator up to higher shelves for picking some items, and this feature is something the forklift does not provide. Normally, order pickers are operated by electricity. These machines are mainly utilized in a warehouse setting. Most often they are used for moving pallets and completing certain jobs in the shelving and stocking department.
The operator of the oder picker sits up on a platform where they operate the controls. These controls help to direct the equipment 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 really convenient for the operator. Like for example, if the materials required, are located on a shelf that the operator cannot reach, then whole platform can be 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 then lowered back to its original position after the order has been picked. The order picker is then driven or directed to its next location. With most models, it is possible to move the order picker whilst 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 could also place pallets on a shelf. Forklifts and stackers may be utilized to finish these specific tasks at several companies instead.