With the growing need for work assist vehicles and vertical order picker, the question can be raised: What is the difference?
Work assist vehicles have their application in occasional order picking, maintenance work, inventory work and the usage in shops.
In retail stores, cash&carry as well as DIY markets, shelves need to be replenished regularly to ensure the best shopping experience for the customer. In the past, this job was done with either ladder, a dangerous and ineffective solution, or with reach trucks with goods on pallets and blocked aisles. Similar truck requirements are seen for maintenance & inventory work, where a man-up truck with small turning cycle and simple handling is needed. EP developed the JX0 entry-level order picker to match these requirements.
Buying vertical order pickers comes in handy when the main job is order picking at increased requirements for productivity. In the past, most order picking jobs were carried out on ground level to increase the productivity, while the stock was replenished to the bottom layer with reach & fork trucks. In recent years, driven by the E-Commerce industries picks per order get smaller and the need to collect different products from different levels has increased. To maximise flexibility for the driver and increase productivity, EP has developed the JX1, a professional order picker with a 20% higher pick rate per hour and a picking height of up to 6.5m.