Lightning Pick’s “pick-to-light in reverse” system—on display in ProMat Booth 3903c—optimizes batch picking and high-speed order sortation.
GERMANTOWN, WI (March 23, 2015) — Space-efficient and economical, the dual-sided Put Wall system utilizes light-directed picking modules for high-speed, automated batch sortation, making it ideal for e-commerce order fulfillment. Designed, engineered and manufactured by Lightning Pick, Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand, the system will be displayed at ProMat in Booth 3903c.
The LP Put Wall solution optimizes batch and wave picking—as well as high-speed, one- and two-line order sortation operations—with a process sometimes called “pick-to-light in reverse.” Constructed as a series of shelves that have been divided vertically into multiple openings (or “cubbies”), or that hold empty bins or totes, each space represents a unique customer order. Further, the Put Wall has openings both front and back. Each opening is equipped with a light-directed picking module on both sides.
How it Works
After a tote is filled with larger quantities of mixed products required to fill customer or store orders from the storage section of a warehouse, it is delivered to an operator at the sortation side of the Put Wall station. When the operator scans an item’s barcode, lights illuminate to indicate the put location and quantity of the item required to fill that unique order. The operator sorts the products into the designated locations, and then presses a button to confirm that the order is complete. This triggers corresponding lights on the pack-out side of the Put Wall to illuminate, letting packers know when a completed order can be taken away for final packing.
“Utilizing put-to-light technology speeds up picking productivity from rates of 60 lines per hour to as many as 400 lines per hour, while bumping accuracy up to 99.9%,” noted Jim Bast, General Manager of Lightning Pick and Vice President of Operations for Matthews Automation Solutions.
Scalable and easy-to-use with minimal training, Lightning Pick Put Walls are a cost-effective way to automate picking without requiring installation of a full pick-to-light system at every pick face. Instead, using a put-to-light system supports the automated picking of an unlimited number of stock keeping units (SKUs), including those that cannot be categorized by velocity.
In addition to their use in e-commerce and store order sortation and packing, Put Walls can also be used for returns processing, secondary batch pick sortation, kitting processes, putaway, replenishment and order consolidation.
Lightning Pick’s dual-sided Put Wall demo system can be seen in action at ProMat in Chicago, Illinois — March 23-26, 2015. For more information about the Put Wall system, contact Joe Pelej at Matthews Automation Solutions at .262.250.2143, or by email at [email protected], or visit www.lightningpick.com. Additionally, a video demo is available at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBa5vwgOJmI.
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ABOUT LIGHTNING PICK
Lightning Pick, a Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand, delivers advanced pick-to-light, put-to-light, pack-to-light, batch picking carts, light sleds and other paperless picking, kitting, assembly and sortation systems from two locations in Germantown and Ixonia, Wisconsin. Our globally recognized automated technologies drive increased productivity, quality and efficiency across Lean supply chains—from manufacturing through order fulfillment. In 2014, Lightning Pick added the sales, support and service of all Pick-MAX light-directed products, formerly by IPTI.
ABOUT MATTHEWS AUTOMATION SOLUTIONS
Matthews Automation Solutions—a division of Matthews International Corporation—designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of marking, coding and industrial automation technologies and solutions. Manufacturers, suppliers and distributors worldwide rely on Matthews’ integrated systems to identify, track, control and pick products at the highest levels of accuracy and throughput. For handling challenges in manufacturing, packaging or distribution, Matthews’ combined expertise delivers the integrated solution that meets an organization’s needs today, and grows with them tomorrow. These automated and semi-automated marking, coding, control, sortation, picking and verification technologies and software streamline manufacturing, distribution and order fulfillment processes to maximize productivity.