The machine known as an orderpicker is an electric lift truck specifically designed for filling individual customer orders which require piece-part or case picking, rather than full pallets or unit loads. Orderpickers are used at elevations higher than the second level of racking in a warehouse or distribution center. They can reach heights up to 390″ Orderpickers are typically powered by 24- or 36-volt industrial batteries.
Orderpickers will be used in applications where pallet trucks, rolling ladders, and other piece-picking methods are traditionally used. Their versatile design allows for handling of a variety of items, ranging from small items, such as individual auto parts or drugs, to larger bulky items like bicycles, furniture or even mufflers. Faster travel, lift and lower speeds reduce order picking time, the most labor intensive materials handling function. Their maneuverability in very narrow aisles and high level “picking capabilities” enables the customer to take full advantage of limited storage space.