Reach trucks and turret trucks are often utilized to handle palletized loads while order pickers are made more to handle individual cases or items. Sometimes, order pickers are also called stock pickers or order selectors. The machinery includes a platform wherein the operator stands. The order picker lifts the operator along with the forks so that he or she could pick stuff from the shelves and put them onto a pallet on the forks. The equipment could move forward while in an elevated position. Wire guidance systems are available.
Order pickers come with certain lift and travel speeds, fork size, weight limit and reach limitations. The majority have a fork size designed to load an average pallet, no more than about one and a half meters in length. The higher travel and lift speed helps enhance production, but training is necessary to be able to prevent accidents. Employees should be trained on the particular type of unit they would be utilizing.
Low Lift Pallet Jacks
Non-powered pallet trucks
Non-powered pallet trucks are a less expensive option. These basic lift trucks are also referred to as hand pallet trucks and hand pallet jacks. These types of trucks make use of a hydraulic device to lift pallets just several centimeters off the floor. The operator pulls the load using the handle of the truck.
Electric-powered pallet trucks
Electric-powered pallet trucks are somewhat inexpensive and built for easy maneuvering. The fork size can hold two to three pallets. These trucks are available in two kinds: the "rider" includes a platform wherein the operator rides in a standing position; the "walkie" kind is designed to be operated whilst the operator walks alongside. These trucks are usually found in warehouses, with operators order picking as they move down the aisles. Both powered and non-powered pallet trucks are categorized as ITA Class 3.