Matthews Automation Solutions’ exhibit and press conference at MODEX 2014 was featured by leading industry publications Modern Materials Handling and DC Velocity.
Modern focused on the new MW Series pick-to-light hardware, while DC Velocity shared an overview of the integrated order fulfillment solutions on display in the booth.
All four members of Matthews Automation Solutions—Holjeron, Lightning Pick, Matthews Marking Systems and Pyramid—were represented in the MODEX 2014 exhibit. The four-day show, held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, Georgia, concluded March 20, 2014.
On display were complementary, automated and semi-automated technologies that help e-commerce order fulfillment operations identify, track, control and pick inventory. The solutions work both independently and in conjunction with other systems and equipment to streamline order fulfillment and maximize productivity.
Holjeron introduced its new ZoneLinkPLUS family of controllers for use with 24-volt, brushless, direct current (DC) motors up to 6 amps. Exceedingly customizable, the controllers feature high-performance microprocessor commutation componentry to meet the most demanding application requirements of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and conveyor/sortation equipment manufacturers.
Lightning Pick showcased four order fulfillment solutions. A series of mobile picking carts automate batch picking for fulfillment of multiple, one- to two-line orders at the same time during a single pass through the warehouse while following the shortest route. For high-speed, automated batch sortation in e-commerce applications, the dual-sided LP Put Wall system utilizes light-directed picking modules for accurate distribution of picked items into discrete orders on one side, and to indicate pack-outs on the other. Also introduced, the rugged new MW Series open channel pick-to-light module that makes installations and reconfigurations of new and existing systems easy. Also debuting was the MPower Pick™ zoneless, scan-free, box-to-picker order fulfillment system, ideal for direct-to-consumer and e-commerce picking operations. Offered as an alternative solution to manually powered gravity roller conveyor systems that transport shipping boxes through picking zones, the fully automated system utilizes powered motor driven rollers (MDR). The cartons’ movement and order information are passed from zone to zone by the MPower controller card equipped with patent-pending virtual data tag technology, which triggers each zone’s corresponding pick-to-light modules. The system saves time by eliminating manual scanning and reduces pick errors.
Matthews Marking Systems featured the Viacode print control module (PCM), L-Series high-resolution thermal inkjet printer and T-Series high-resolution industrial inkjet printer. The Viacode platform connects a completed pick’s carton to both the recipient and the retailer, and instructs a printer to imprint data—such as shipping information, tracking barcodes, logo, brand message or other communication—directly on the box. As a platform, Viacode enables complete management of a facility’s entire enterprise marking and coding operations. It features an intuitive, touch screen controller interface with built-in image editor to make message creation and selection simple.
Pyramid shared a highlights reel of recent, best-in-class automated fulfillment installations, including complex sortation and conveyor controls, auto-bag/auto-box document insertion and auto-print/apply labeling. Pyramid’s software and controls manage and control distribution systems more intelligently. The company’s solutions optimize the unloading, receipt of product, flow, storage, retrieval, picking, sorting, order processing, packaging, labeling and shipment of inventory—then properly integrates those processes at all points with user information systems, including warehouse management systems (WMS), enterprise resource planning (ERP), transportation management systems (TMS) and more.
For more information about Matthews’ products and services, contact Joe Pelej, Matthews Automation Solutions at (262) 250-2143, [email protected].