A stock picker, also known as an order picker is a machine that is somewhat like a forklift. It allows the driver to use forks to raise a pallet. An order picker is also capable of lifting the operator up to higher shelves for picking some things, and this feature is something the lift truck does not offer. Usually, order pickers are powered by electricity. These kind of machines are mainly utilized in a warehouse setting. Usually they are used for transporting pallets and doing specific tasks in the stocking and shelving department.
The operator of the oder picker sits up on a platform where they operate the controls. These controls help to direct the machine forward, backward or steer it from side to side. Once the operator has positioned the unit in place the tines can be raised to the required level which makes it convenient for the operator. For example, if the materials required, are situated on a shelf that the operator could not reach, then entire 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 then 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 most models, it is possible to move the order picker while the platform is raised, although, some businesses may have procedures and policies in place preventing such maneuvers for safety reasons. An order picker can also put pallets on a shelf. Stackers and forklifts may be used to finish these specific jobs at several companies instead.