Pick-to-Light Basics

Fast, Accurate and Cost Effective Order Picking.

What is Pick-to-Light?

Light-directed order fulfillment systems use light indicator modules mounted to shelving, flow rack, work benches, pallet rack or other storage locations. Whenever product is needed from a particular location, the right indicator turns on, drawing attention where action is required. The operator picks the product quantity displayed. The operator then confirms the pick by pressing the lighted button.


Pick-to-Light is Fast.

By lighting the exact location or locations needed, pick-to-light is acknowledged to be the fastest operator-based picking strategy available. In the time it takes to hear and interpret a location number or read a location number from a pick list of an RF terminal screen, the pick-to-light operator is already making the pick.

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Pick-to-Light is Accurate.

By getting the operator to the right location each time the picking process is greatly simplified. Task simplification and replication produces accuracy.


Pick-to-Light is Paperless.

No more pick sheets to handle and tally marks to record. Pick-to-light operators simply scan an order number on the carton or tote and the system does the rest. Paperless picking reduces costs, reduces errors and streamlines operations.


Pick-to-Light is Simultaneous.

Other computer-based solutions like RF terminals and voice terminals are sequential in nature. The equipment is only capable of showing what the computer thinks should be the next pick. In a pick-to-light system ALL locations required in an area light up at once. This allows the operator to choose the best pick path and even pick in both directions.


Pick-to-Light is Team-Based

Operators work in assembly line fashion. Each worker’s area is called a zone. Orders are passed from zone to zone on a conveyor, cart or other transportation mechanism. This assembly line approach further enhances productivity by reducing walking.


Pick-to-Light is Cost Effective

Pick-to-light has been around for nearly 20 years. Originally, only the largest facilities with the fastest processing requirements could afford it. Recent advances in technology and the advent of Windows-based computer systems have brought the cost within reach of nearly all order fulfillment operations.

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Special Features

  • Flexible, reliable hardware platform with deep catalog of features and options.
  • The industry’s most advanced, proactive order fulfillment execution software.
  • Fastest growing Pick to Light user community in both new installations and legacy system retrofit projects.
  • Access real-time statistics on picker productivity, order volumes and all system activities.
  • Quickest training curve and startup time.
  • Best in industry innovation.

Pick-to-Light Video

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See multiple Lightning Pick customers increase the speed and accuracy of their piece picking operations with our pick-to-light systems.

Pick-by-Light System for retail order picking

Pick-to-Light – Big Box Retail Supplier Case Study

The Hillman Group

This leading supplier of fasteners uses Lightning Pick to accurately pick similar looking boxes of product to fulfill orders for big box and other retailers. Read how Lightning Pick enabled them to pick more orders with greater speed and quality with less labor.


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