Matthews Automation Solutions 

► Our Brands

Matthews Automation Solutions is part of Matthews International’s industrial automation division. Watch a video introduction of our brands including Lightning Pick, Pyramid, Matthews Marking Systems and Holjeron.

Warehouse Automation Brands Video

► Lightning Pick and Pyramid

Learn more about Matthews Automation Solutions’ material handling solutions brands, Lightning Pick and Pyramid. Based in Cincinnati OH, Matthews Pyramid is a leading product suite of warehouse execution systems (WES), warehouse control systems (WCS), software and controls to optimize new or existing loop sorters, motor-driven roller (MDR) conveyor, order finishing systems and other warehouse automation.

Done Right. At the Speed of Light.

Matthews Automation Solutions’ Lightning Pick drives pick rate productivity, high accuracy levels and reduced labor costs throughout order picking, kitting, sorting, packing and other key fulfillment processes. For over 25 years, Matthews Lightning Pick has featured a flexible, reliable hardware architecture driven by state-of-the-art order fulfillment execution software. Industry leaders in over 500 facilities worldwide utilize the Lightning Pick platform to boost performance across their omnichannel order fulfillment operations.

Lighting Up Material Handling.

As the recognized leader in pick-to-light technology, Lightning Pick offers solutions for operations including big box and specialty retailers, general merchandising, vitamins and supplements, pharmaceutical, direct-to-consumer including e-commerce order fulfillment, medical products, computers and electronics, cell phone suppliers and many, many more. Fully integrated into your complete logistics system, Lightning Pick drives manufacturing, distribution and order fulfillment efficiency throughout the supply chain.

Order Fulfillment Specialists.

Many of our early customers remember us as Professional Control Corporation (PCC). In 2006 our PCC Systems order fulfillment technologies changed their name to Lightning Pick Technologies. The update was largely due to many customers and the marketplace now more commonly recognizing us by our leading light-directed systems. Since being introduced in 1998, Lightning Pick has introduced many hardware and software advances in the pick-to-light industry. Today the Lightning Pick Solution Suite offers a complete line of paperless picking products, each engineered to maximize productivity for specific material handling requirements, and optimizing a wide variety of order fulfillment techniques.

Matthews Automation Solutions.

Lightning Pick was acquired by Matthews International Corporation in August, 2011. Today, as part of Matthews Automation Solutions, we remain headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In 2015 our sister Matthews pick-to-light and order fulfillment systems brand IPTI, in Ixonia, WI became part of the Lightning Pick brand. Moving forward as the largest provider of light-directed systems in North America, Lightning Pick continues its focus on designing and delivering solid, superior order fulfillment automation.

Lightning Pick, the light-directed picking system, was introduced in 1998 by Professional Control Corporation in Germantown, Wisconsin. Many of our legacy customers recognize our previous name, PCC, a leading industrial automation and controls distributor, established in 1980.

Lightning Pick experienced rapid adoption throughout the industry because it pioneered two key advances in pick-to-light technology:

  • One of the earliest cable-free, bus-based light module hardware platforms, which significantly reduced system installation, reconfiguration, maintenance and expansion time and costs over prior generations of pick-to-light.
  • The first Windows-based pick-to-light software, leveraging growing server capabilities, flexibility and cost efficiency. As a Microsoft ISV Solutions Partner, Lightning Pick is a fully-developed, tested and versioned software product.

As a result of these technological advances, we proved we could deliver rapid ROIs with reliable, effective pick-to-light applications at a lower total cost of system entry or ownership. Further, we could offer light-directed picking systems to a wider scope of companies, application sizes and types than ever possible before.

In 2006 we changed our company name to Lightning Pick Technologies, better aligning ourselves with our leading product brand.

In August 2011, Lightning Pick was acquired by Matthews International Corporation, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Top brands worldwide rely on the best-in-class brands and technologies in Matthews’ industrial automation segment – Matthews Automation Solutions – to optimize manufacturing, distribution, fulfillment and logistics operations at the highest levels.

Innovative Picking Technologies, Inc. (IPTI), another Matthews pick-to-light and distribution center automation solutions provider, became part of the Lightning Pick brand in September, 2014. In December 2017, the Germantown and Ixonia, Wisconsin sites were combined under one roof in Waukesha, WI. With a larger footprint and an open floor plan, the new building facilitates employee collaboration and better accommodates customer visits with a larger space for pre-installation and pilot testing. Further, a larger Solutions Center product demo area enables Matthews’ employees to “sandbox” new technologies and layouts, as well as lets visitors interface hands-on with Lightning Pick products for light-directed picking, kitting and sortation.

Additionally, the Waukesha location will also house the demonstration and development center for the new Matthews Autonomous Mobile Vehicle and Robot Solutions.

Today, Lightning Pick has the largest number of live pick-to-light systems in North America, with more than one million lights installed.

Lightning Pick, Pyramid and Compass Engineering are Matthews Automation Solutions’ warehouse automation brands. Together with our Guidance Automation and RAF Technology brands, we provide standalone or fully integrated order fulfillment automation solutions that improve speed, quality and efficiency.

Lightning Pick, a Matthews Automation Solutions brand, is the leading suite of light-directed material handling systems in North America. Matthews Lightning Pick energizes omnichannel order fulfillment speed, accuracy and efficiency with advanced pick-to-light, put-to-light and put walls, pack-to-light and put-to-store replenishment, automated picking carts and other paperless pick automation. Lightning Pick features a deep catalog of light module hardware, sophisticated order fulfillment execution software, a flexible and scalable architecture and proven integration with WMS, WES, WCS, and other warehouse automation.

Global brands partner with Matthews Automation Solutions for innovative material handling technologies and proven vertical industry expertise. Matthews’ best-in-class warehouse automation brands – Compass Engineering, Lightning Pick and Pyramid – deliver agile, integrated applications. Our recognized picking systems, including pick-to-light, put walls and picking carts, drive speed and accuracy in order picking and order sortation tasks. Advanced Warehouse Execution Software (WES) integrates and synchronizes islands of automation and balances work for optimum throughput, material flow and real-time process visibility. Combined with our new collaborative robot technologies, and Guidance Automation and RAF Technology brands, Matthews delivers innovative systems that maximize your order fulfillment processes today, and tomorrow.


Matthews International offers a wide array of opportunities and working environments as diverse as our individual divisions. Please visit our careers page to learn more about our company and current job openings.

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