About Lightning Pick.

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Striking solutions.

Lightning Pick is a leading provider of light-directed and advanced technology order fulfillment systems. For 35 years, we have provided innovative automated fulfillment systems and material handling technologies to world-class companies across a broad range of industries — setting new standards for productivity, accuracy and customer satisfaction. Our systems have been tested and proven in more than 500 facilities around the world.

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► Lightning Pick and Pyramid

Learn more about Matthews Automation Solutions’ fulfillment automation systems brands, Lightning Pick and Pyramid, a leading provider of warehouse control systems (WCS), software and controls to optimize new or existing loop sorters, motor-driven roller (MDR) conveyor, order finishing systems and more.

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.

Lighting Up Material Handling.

As the recognized leader in pick-to-light technology, Lightning Pick also offers solutions for e-commerce, returns processing, container routing, radio-frequency (RF) and voice-directed picking, radio-frequency identification (RFID) and other needs. Integrated into a complete logistics system, these solutions optimize efficiency in manufacturing centers, distribution centers and throughout the supply chain.

Order Fulfillment Specialists.

Many of our legacy customers remember us as Professional Control Corporation (PCC). We changed our name to Lightning Pick Technologies in 2006, aligning our identity with our market leading products for light-directed order fulfillment. Since introducing the Lightning Pick pick-to-light product line in 1998, we have engineered both the revolutionary, cable-free light module and a complete suite of automated material handling solutions to support a variety of order fulfillment techniques and strategies.

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 Germantown, Wisconsin, where our multi-faceted organization continues its focus on the design and delivery of warehouse distribution solutions for automated supply chain management.

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. Lightning Pick is now a Matthews Automation Solutions brand, along with PyramidCompass, RAF and Guidance Automation. Top brands worldwide rely on Matthews’ industrial 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 (DC) automation provider, became part of the Lightning Pick brand in September, 2014. IPTI’s Ixonia, Wisconsin, location and staff continue the sales, service and support of Pick-MAX pick-to-light products, including picking carts. The Lightning Pick–Ixonia site also provides LP Zone Free, a tightly coupled conveyor control and pick-to-light solution that supports zoneless, bucket brigade pick methodologies.

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 and Pyramid are two of Matthews Automation Solutions’ warehouse automation brands. Pyramid Director WES (warehouse execution system) and material handling automation controls solutions optimize DC flow and efficiency. Together, we provide standalone or fully integrated order fulfillment automation solutions that improve speed, quality and efficiency.

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Lightning Pick is the leading brand of light-directed picking technologies in North America. Matthews Automation Solutions’ best-of-breed suite of pick-to-light, put-to-light (put walls), pack-to-light, cart-based solutions and other paperless picking systems drive increased productivity, accuracy, and cost efficiency from production through order fulfillment. Lightning Pick systems are delivered on time, on budget, every time so our customers can deliver the perfect order, time after time.

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Matthews Automation Solutions — Global brands partner with Matthews Automation Solutions to increase distribution and order fulfillment speed, accuracy and efficiency. Matthews’ broad portfolio of best-of-breed solutions offers warehouse execution software, controls, pick-to-light, put walls, order finishing systems, autonomous mobile robots and more. Combined with 25 years of industry experience and proven integration with other material handling systems, Matthews delivers agile and scalable applications throughout the supply chain. Matthews Automation Solutions is a Matthews International company.

The Matthews Automation Solutions’ family of brands includes Lightning Pick, Pyramid, Compass, RAF and Guidance Automation.


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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