Turret trucks and reach trucks are normally used to handle palletized loads whilst order pickers are designed more to handle individual items or cases. Sometimes, order pickers are also called order selectors or stock pickers. The machinery has a platform wherein the person who is operating it stands. The order picker lifts the operator along with the forks so that he or she can pick things from the shelves and place them onto a pallet on the forks. The machinery can move forward while in an elevated position. Wire guidance systems are offered.
Order pickers come with certain travel and lift speeds, fork size, weight limit and reach limitations. The majority have a fork size intended to load a standard pallet, no more than around 1.5 meters long. The higher travel and lift speed helps increase production, but training is necessary to avoid accidents. Employees should be trained on the specific units they would be operating.
Low Lift Pallet Jacks
Non-powered pallet trucks
Non-powered pallet trucks are a less pricey alternative. These basic lift trucks are also known as hand pallet jacks and hand pallet trucks. These trucks utilize a hydraulic device to be able to lift pallets just several centimeters above the floor. The individual operating it pulls the load utilizing the handle of the truck.
Electric-powered pallet trucks
Built for easy maneuvering, the electric-powered pallet trucks are cheaper. The fork size can hold two to three pallets. These trucks come in two types: the "walkie" version is meant to be operated while the operator walks alongside; the "rider" has a platform on which the operator rides in a standing position. These trucks are normally 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.