Pick-MAX Pick-to-Light Modules in Two Sizes Showcased at ProMat

Lightning Pick now sells, services and supports Pick-MAX paperless picking modules that increase order fulfillment productivity by 200%.

lightningPick_pick-to-lightIXONIA, WI (March 25, 2015) — Offered in two sizes, Pick-MAX light-directed picking modules increase order fulfillment productivity as much as 200% by eliminating paper pick lists. The Pick-MAX pick-to-light systems (formerly by IPTI) are now sold, supported and serviced by Lightning Pick, a Matthews Automation Solutions’ brand, out of its Wisconsin location. The modules will be showcased throughout ProMat 2015.

“Retiring the IPTI – Innovative Picking Technologies, Inc. brand name was a difficult decision,” explained Jim Bast, General Manager of Lightning Pick and Vice President of Operations for Matthews Automation Solutions. “There exists a sizeable community of Pick-MAX system end users, plus numerous manufacturers and integrators have implemented Pick-MAX hardware in their own solutions. However, Lightning Pick’s software has always been able to support Pick-MAX systems. That’s why we are excited to add the Ixonia location’s innovative products and capabilities to our own portfolio, and to move forward together under one brand name.”

Pick-MAX modules come in two sizes: a 5-inch standard model, and a 2.5-inch micro model that accommodates higher storage density and smaller pick faces. The same Pick-MAX modules can be used in put-to-light applications, and in Pick-MAX pick-to-light for manufacturing systems.

Pick-MAX features include:

  • Low-power, environmentally-friendly modules draw just 0.2 watts each
  • Extended function modes include cases/pieces, device information, shortage alerts, dynamic cubing and scrap reporting
  • Plug-and-play dynamic addressing with no factory serial number or special programming devices required

To begin picking, the operator simply scans the barcode associated with an order. Easy-to-read LED lights illuminate to guide the operator to the correct product location, while a digital display indicates the quantity required to fill the order. The operator picks the necessary products and confirms the pick by pushing the task complete button on the device.

The Pick-MAX modules can display up to five colors and feature a simple graphical user interface that requires minimal training. Each module includes up and down arrow indicator lights, permitting one unit to service two pick locations—above and below.

Optionally, each module works with the Pick-MAX Watch-Me rechargeable, wearable device. When worn on the wrist by a picker, the pick-to-light module records the serial number associated with each operator. Watch-me confirms picks automatically and enables multiple pickers to work in the same area, increasing pick productivity by 20-50%.

Lightning Pick’s Pick-MAX system can be seen at Booth 3903c throughout ProMat 2015 in Chicago, Illinois—March 23-26, 2015. For more information, contact Joe Pelej at 262.250.2143, or by email at [email protected], or visit www.lightningpick.com.

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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.


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.

The Matthews Automation Solutions’ family of brands includes Holjeron, Lightning Pick, Matthews Marking Systems and Pyramid.

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