Cat® scissor-lift order pickers improve productivity5 June 2020
Cat Lift Trucks now offers further aids to operator comfort and effectiveness, with the addition of two scissor-lift models to its NO-N2 low-level order picker range.
Designed for first and second-level order picking, they share all the productivity-enhancing and fatigue-reducing features of the existing low level order picker range – along with its market-leading energy efficiency.
Both new scissor-lift models have long forks (2.375 m) which cut down the number of order picking trips needed. They can carry two Europallets or three roll cages at once. There is also a longer fork option (2.850 m) which will carry four roll cages at a time.
The scissor-lifting mechanism raises loads to a height of 855 mm to reduce stretching and straining for the operator. Along with the NO20N2X model, there is the NO20N2XP with a rising platform. This lifts operators to 855 mm and enables comfortable picking at heights up to 2.5 m.
For quick on-off and walk-through access, which is essential in picking operations, all the order picker models have wide entrances, a non-slip mat and no tripping hazards. The whole floor mat acts as a presence detector. Using the ‘flying start’ function, an operator can begin accelerating before stepping on board and then access full acceleration.
When seeking a clearer view of the fork tips, or moving the forklift truck over very short distances, walk-beside operation is possible via the order pickers’ innovative steering wheel. Additionally, there is also the option of side-mounted controls available.
The cleverly designed steering wheel of these smart scissor-lift order pickers, which can be operated effortlessly with either hand, is vibration-damped and adjustable for angle and height. It houses ergonomically shaped accelerator triggers and other controls, all of which can easily be reached without the driver having to release their grip. Also, the operator can place their hands on top of the wheel while reversing, for precise control without having to twist uncomfortably.
Building on the Cat Responsive Drive System (RDS) pioneered in recent Cat electric counterbalance forklift trucks, the order pickers’ smart technology makes driving safe, relaxed and enjoyable. Adapting rapidly to every change in the driver’s turning behaviour and travel speed, its advanced steering functionality controls and maintains smoothness in all movements. During turns, intelligent curve control ensures fluent motion, traction and balance from start to finish by constantly adjusting steering sensitivity, cornering speed and angle limitation.
Advances in traction control enable smooth, rapid acceleration, without wheelspin and wear, when operating on slippery surfaces or with heavy loads. Optimised regenerative braking eliminates swaying when the order pickers stops and this combines with hill hold and anti-lock brakes to help drivers operate smoothly, confidently and safely, even where conditions are difficult. Additionally, the truck is simple to programme, control and predict stopping distances and deceleration rates for the most accurate positioning.
With these low level order pickers, the driver enjoys a large and unobstructed workspace, with triple-suspension floor that maximises comfort and lowers fatigue. Its floating structure dampens shocks and vibrations, while sideways dampening relaxes knees and ankles, and any micro vibrations are reduced by state-of the-art matting.
For taller drivers or those using the optional seat, an angled footrest is fitted to minimise leg strain and enhance comfort. A backrest, ideally shaped for minimum obstruction of operators and goods passing through the order pickers, adds further luxury and provides a secure leaning position during turns. On top of all these standard specifications, a variety of options, including Li-ion batteries, can be selected which allows for even greater convenience and order picking performance.