In manual picking, concentrated employees are an essential factor. The process is labor-intensive, and companies are under ever-increasing time pressure because the delivery times for purchase orders must be as short as possible. Under these circumstances, lack of concentration leads to susceptibility to errors. This can cost valuable time and reduce handling performance. If, for example, a wrong product enters the order, it must be replaced and consumes unnecessary resources. If you want to make intralogistics processes more efficient, you need highly concentrated employees.
The most important working device for the employee in the warehouse is the order picker. Linde Material Handling aligns the picking vehicles to the operator's needs to ensure a fast flow of material. The new N20 series from Linde Material Handling has been designed to support the employees. All models reduce physical strain on the operator and thus facilitate order picking: During travel, the fully suspended operating platform compensates for shocks and vibrations. Pallets can always be loaded at a comfortable height. Various safety systems protect the driver and the goods by addressing the specific conditions and contingencies in the warehouse.
The order pickers relieve the strain on employees and therefore lead to lower error rates and smooth processes.
Order pickers: All models at a glance
N20 B, N20-25, N20-25 HP
The low-lift order pickers can be used for a wide range of warehouse applications: depending on the vehicle type, they accelerate quickly to a maximum speed of 14 km/h and can carry loads of up to 2,500 kilograms. Various safety systems also ensure a smooth material flow.
N20 D, N20 D HP
The powerful double-deck order pickers enable the simultaneous loading and transport of two pallets at different heights. This allows operators to transport sensitive goods separately from heavy products.
The order picker is a true ergonomics specialist: The optional Autolift adjusts the position of the forks to the height of the load. This ensures that the pallet is always automatically positioned at the optimum height.
Thanks to its long load arms, the order picker can transport two pallets at the same time. One pallet is vertically transported and turned over for loading.
Efficiency in the flow
On the move
Linde Material Handling's new N20 Series vehicles enable smooth material flow by facilitating a small step picking cycle. With their 3 kW three-phase AC motor, they accelerate quickly to their maximum speed so that even longer distances in the warehouse can be covered quickly. When driving straight, automatic steering centering ensures shorter distances between two picking positions. The driver can operate the lightweight Linde steering wheel with just one hand. Clear symbols on the steering wheel show horn, initial lift and travel commands at a glance. The intuitive operation also makes it easier for new staff to familiarize themselves with the system.
All models of the N20 series are optionally available with lithium ion batteries. This allows operators to charge them flexibly during breaks. This is advantageous for warehouses with shift operation, where it is not possible to ensure that the vehicles are fully charged in the morning.
The right vehicle
Arriving at the shelving, the operator easily exits via the low access and begins to place the goods on the pallets. Depending on the type of goods and order, different vehicles from the N20 series are suitable: With the long forks of the N20 LoL, operators can easily pick on two pallets. For sensitive goods, the double-deck order picker enables stacking on two levels so that nothing is crushed. With their respective characteristics, the order pickers are designed to meet the specific requirements of different industries. Linde Material Handling also flexibly expands the vehicle details and finds additional options for optimum integration into existing fleets.
Safety in a busy warehouse
Light, steel, and rubber
All models of the N20 series can optionally be equipped with glare-free LED headlights at the front. This improves visibility in dark rows of shelves. The Linde Bluespot™ enhances the lights as an optical early warning system. Pedestrians and other drivers see the blue arrow on the ground and can react in time to arriving vehicles - even in noisy warehouse environments. For crash damage or collisions, the N20 Series models are equipped with a robust steel bumper at the front. It compensates for shocks and protects the driver, load, and vehicle. A rubber layer can be added as an option.
Good positioning for good visibility
The vehicles of the N20 series have a special architecture: the driver's platform is located in front of the large battery so that the driver is far at the front of the vehicle. From there he has a better view of the surroundings and the vehicle is more maneuverable thanks to the shorter wheelbase.
Moving swiftly to the next picking position, quickly bringing the goods to dispatch: Under time pressure, it can happen that a curve is taken too quickly and products slip off the pallet. This is why the N20 Series order pickers automatically brake when cornering. To prevent a vehicle from tipping over, all N20 models are equipped with the stable four-point contact to the floor. The high performance versions carry particularly heavy loads and therefore have a five-point contact. In addition, a load guard behind the driver prevents the goods from falling on him.
Ergonomics down to the last detail
Comfort in the warehouse
Many material warehouses have uneven floors, which can make the drive on the order picker a bumpy affair. To counteract this, the order pickers of the new N20 series are equipped with a fully suspended operating platform. This reduces shocks and vibrations and provides the operator with a pleasant ride. As an option, the operator can adjust the backrest and steering wheel to their height. The seat can be folded down for longer journeys. All necessary utensils are safely stowed away in the storage compartments in the control station. The user-friendly interface of the multifunction display (except for the N20 B) uses simple color symbols to inform the driver of the time of the last service check, the current speed and the state of charge of the battery.
With each new product, the stack of goods on the pallet becomes higher and higher. With the optional Autolift, the N16 Li automatically lowers the forks in proportion to the increasing height of the load. This eliminates the need for manual operation of the lift and the operator commissions at optimum height without unnecessary interruption.