A stock picker, also called an order picker is a machinery that is quite like a forklift. It enables the operator to use forks to raise 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. Typically, order pickers are powered by electricity. These machines are mainly utilized in a warehouse environment. Most often they are used for moving pallets and finishing specific tasks 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 machine backwards, forwards or steer it from side to side. As soon as the operator has positioned the unit in place the blades can be raised to the required level that makes it really convenient for the operator. Like for instance, if the materials needed, are located on a shelf that the operator cannot 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.
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, several companies may have procedures and policies in place preventing such maneuvers in the name of safety. An order picker is also able to put pallets on a shelf. Stackers and forklifts could be utilized to complete these specific jobs at several companies instead.