Layer pickers first burst onto the material handling scene in the mid-1990s as a solution to one simple problem: the need to quickly and efficiently build diverse pallets of products. The gradual introduction of diverse products and increased demand over time has led many companies to abandon the traditional method of hand-building pallets in favor of using layer pickers.
As the name implies, layer pickers can “pick” multiple layers of product at one time, assuming the product is relatively homogenous. This ability makes them a perfect fit for the beverage and distribution industries where packages can be easily stacked on top of one another due to the layers of the product being flat, rigid, and rectangular. As a former employee in the beverage industry, I cannot begin to tell you how much of a life (and back) saver these attachments can be.
But layer pickers have had to evolve to keep up with current market trends and with increasing variations in both application and packaging. Different mounting types, swing capabilities, and even magnetic models are now available. Continue reading