Order Pickers Explained

Material Handling Best Practices, Tips, Information and More from Toyota

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 5.59.24 PMWho needs an order picker?

Order pickers are commonly used by warehouses and distribution centers in an order fulfillment application.

What is an order picker?

An order picker is designed to take the forklift operator up to the rack with or without a load. Commonly, the forks hold a load that is being added to, not being put away. They’re designed for applications that require an operator to be at the same level as the inventory to pick a specific order.

When are order pickers used?

Order pickers are a great option for those needing to remove individual items from shelving. Order pickers can effectively navigate in a narrow aisle (NA) and very narrow aisle (VNA) environment.

Where is an order picker used?

Order pickers typically navigate NAs and VNAs, which are used to maximize warehouse space and capacity.

Why would I want one?

It’s inefficient to pull an entire pallet down to remove just one or two items. If you’re continuously needing to take just one item off a rack, an order picker is a better option for you than a traditional forklift. Order pickers also provide more flexibility in NA and VNA applications.

How do they run?

Order pickers are electric and run through the use of rechargeable batteries, very similar to traditional electric forklifts. Order pickers can be manually steered, but in NA and VNA applications, order pickers are commonly guided electronically with wires (usually under the warehouse floor) or mechanically with special profiles fitted on both sides of the aisle and attached to the warehouse floor.

For more information on order pickers and other Toyota narrow aisle warehouse solutions contact your local Toyota forklift dealer.

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