Pick-to-Light & Put-to-Light

Pick-to-Light helps you pick more orders, in less time, with fewer errors.

Pick-to-Light devices can display any two lines of text. This example shows, "Location A23:12 Pick 6 SKU 44311"

New wireless pick-to-light devices can be attached to racks, totes, carts, forklifts, pick-walls, put-walls, etc.

E-commerce Order Fulfillment
Retail Store Replenishment
Returns Processing
Batch Picking & Sortation
Manufacturing Kitting

What is Pick-to-Light?

Pick-to-Light is a light-directed picking and putting system that optimizes broken case and piece picking for e-commerce order fulfillment.  Pick-to-Light hardware is installed on shelves and racks or even on picking carts or put-walls. When a new picklist is initiated, typically through a barcode scan or via an Android device, the Pick-to-Light device is illuminated, indicating the SKU and quantity to pick.  Picks can be acknowledged through a simple button press and depending on the system, the inventory data may be synchronized with a WMS, ERP or other warehouse management software. 

Pick-to-Light systems dramatically increase the productivity of e-commerce order fulfillment while reducing operator errors. This type of supply chain technology has a profound impact on order picking productivity and warehouse management.

Pick-to-Light Process:

  1. Start a picklist (list of inventory items to pick in order to fill one or more orders–typically started with a barcode scan)
  2. Pick-to-Light hardware lights up with the SKU and quantity to pick
  3. Order picker presses the button to acknowledge each pick
  4. Picker repeats the process until the picklist is complete

What Makes Our Pick-to-Light System Different?

Internet-of-Things (IoT) Pick Lights

Voodoo Robotics’ harnesses the power of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) with wireless, cloud-connected Pick-to-Light technology. When a picklist is initiated, our Pick-to-Light devices are illuminated, indicating the picker’s name, SKU and quantity to pick! Pick lights can be installed almost anywhere and easily integrate with your current ERP or WMS (or our SKU-Keeper inventory management software).

Hardware as a Service (Haas)

Our pay-as-you-go leasing model allows you to lease precisely the number of light modules required each month – permitting both upward and downward seasonal scalability.  

Pick-to-Light Carts

Our new Mobile Turbo allows you to attach pick lights to your current order picking carts, turning them into instant pick-to-light carts for efficient batch picking, wave picking, zone picking or cluster picking!

pick-to-light hardware showing the location of specific in inventory

Forget everything you know about Pick-to-Light.  The next-generation of pick-to-light is more flexible and can be used in new ways.

A warehouse or distribution center picker pushes a picking cart with Pick-to-Light tags directing where inventory should be picked from and placed for batch picking.

Two Ways to Use Light Directed Picking

Voodoo Robotics’ Pick-to-Light system can be used one of TWO WAYS.  

Single Lighted Picking Scenario

A simple way to use the system is as a destination device so that each time an item is picked from stock, a put light on the cart illuminates to show in which tote that item should be placed.  

Double Lighted Picking Scenario

In a double-lighted system, each pick and each put can BOTH be acknowledged by devices. In this scenario, as the picker pushes the picking cart down the aisle, Pick-to-Light devices (usually attached to a rack) associated with a picklist illuminate, then after each pick, a put light on the cart illuminates to show in which tote the inventory should be placed.

Picking carts optimize batch picking by reducing the pickers total travel distance while increasing his/her accuracy and picking rates.  

Using Put by Light with Picking Carts

Pick-to-Light and put-to-light systems are often used with picking carts to facilitate batch or cluster picking of multiple orders in one pass. Picking carts vary greatly in design and configuration, but most contain several shelves with totes or plastic storage bins. The totes can be configured to hold all the items for a particular order or they can simply hold all the picked inventory which is later sorted by order into a put-wall. 

Two Ways to Use a Picking Cart

Single Lighted System:

  1. The operator is directed to a stock location.
  2. (Optional) The picker scans a barcode at that location.
  3. The operator picks an item from the location.
  4. The Put-to-Light device on the cart illuminates to show which tote the item should be placed in.

Double Lighted System:

  1. Picker pushes the picking cart down the aisle.
  2. Pick-to-Light devices associated with a picklist illuminate, indicating what should be picked.
  3. The picker picks an item from inventory.
  4. After each pick, the put-light on the cart illuminates to show the tote the item should be placed in.

There’s no need for a wired power source.  Our picking system runs on two AA batteries that can last for years (depending on usage). Pick-to-Light devices can be installed almost anywhere, eliminating the need for very expensive powered picking carts.

The Mobile Turbo can turn your existing carts into put-by-light carts!

Picking Cart for Batch Picking E-Commerce Orders

Put Wall

Put walls facilitate the efficient sorting of batch-picked mixed SKU inventory into individual orders. As each item type is scanned, put-to-light devices illuminate the location where the item should be placed.

Puts can be acknowledged with a simple button press or scan. When all items for an order have been put into a slot, a second Pick-to-Light device on the other side of the wall can be used to indicate the order is ready to pack and ship. The device can even specify special packing or shipping instructions.  In fact, it’s so flexible it can be used in a variety of ways throughout your e-commerce order fulfillment operation.   

Put-to-Light will speed up your order fulfillment process.  Get started today!

Abstract image of a put wall for warehouse and distribution center batch picking.

Pick-to-Light System Components

  • Pick-to-Light Device

    Controlled by a simple URL, these devices light up with a pickers name, the SKU, and quantity to pick.  They can even play a custom tune for each order picker.

  • Turbo

    Install one or more SKU-Turbo’s on the ceiling, the wall or the side of your racks to decrease pick-to-light times. Like SKU-Stations, these devices connect pick-to-light devices to the Internet.

  • Mobile Turbo

    Mobile Turbos are similar to the regular Turbo, but run on a rechargeable battery pack and connect to the internet through WiFi only.  They are an alternative for very large warehouses that have relatively few Cloud Display Devices.  Mobile Turbos are a great option for picking carts.

  • SKU-Station Kiosk

    Free up your picker’s hands with a dedicated SKU-Station for interaction with the SKU-Keeper website and/or your ERP or WMS cloud software. Like Turbo’s, these kiosks connect pick-to-light devices to the Internet, but they also allow interaction with the SKU-Keeper control system.

  • Optional SKU-Keeper Software

    Find inventory in a flash, check on orders, pick/restock items or run sophisticated custom reports with the SKU-Keeper inventory management software. Pick-to-light system users can use as little or as much of the cloud software as they need to support their current application.

Diagram showing how Pick-to-Light system connects with the cloud
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Simple Integration

Our Pick-to-Light system uses the ultimate standard – a simple web URL.

The Pick-to-Light devices easily integrate with your existing ERP or WMS (or our SKU-Keeper inventory management software). A simple URL request, sent to our server on the Amazon Cloud, causes the associated Pick-to-Light device to light up with the picker’s name, SKU, and quantity to pick or any two lines of text (in the language you need)!

The Pick-to-Light URL has seven sections: Amazon cloud, device ID, Type, SKU, Quantity, Tempo/Tune, and time, allowing you to customize the message displayed on the device.

Optional SKU-Keeper Inventory Management Software

SKU-Keeper is a hardware and software inventory management system. It’s designed from the ground up to modernize supply chain and warehouse management operations by leveraging the latest IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) technology. While it does some of the same things as traditional inventory management systems, WMS (Warehouse Management Systems) or ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems, it’s far easier to use and way more economical–it even includes a whole Pick-to-Light system!

SKU-Keeper inventory management software displayed on a desktop, laptop, tablet and smartphone and includes a pick-to-light system
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Pick-to-Light Cost

In order to keep down the cost of the system, Voodoo Robotics leases Pick-to-Light devices on a month-to-month basis! That way, there’s no long-term commitment and no huge up-front fees. There’s no risk: if the system doesn’t work for you, just return the devices and your lease ends! There is NO lock-in.

Unlike others, we are totally upfront about our Pick-to-Light pricing and you can order a starter kit to try it out

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Advantages of Pick-to-Light

  • Faster Picking

    Order pickers FIND inventory much FASTER with a light (and sound) to direct them toward products on their picklist. It’s perfect for a team-based approach to e-commerce order fulfillment in which accurate piece picking and broken-case picking are essential.

  • Improved Accuracy

    Pickers get the CORRECT item on their picklist, thereby increasing accuracy, reducing errors and streamlining your order fulfillment process.

  • Split-Case & Small Item Picking

    Pick-to-light is ideal for broken-case and piece picking, where accuracy is essential.  Devices can even display the units of measure for each pick!

  • Seasonal Scalability

    With our unique month-to-month, pay-as-you-go system, you can scale up for seasonal increases and down as needed.  It’s perfect for 3PLs and e-commerce industries and other warehouse management and supply chain operations.

  • Batch & Cluster Picking

    Keeping track of all the items in multiple picklists can lead to frequent picking errors.  Let our picking system keep track of what SKUs have been picked and what still needs to be picked.  Picking technology allows you to fill orders efficiently while reducing errors!

  • Innovative Technology

    Leveraging the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), devices are mobile and very easy to integrate into a typical ERP or WMS (or you can even use Excel or Google Sheets).  The system also works with RF scanning and even voice picking.

Get Started

Let’s have a conversation so we can better understand your needs.  Schedule a demo or contact us and get control of your mispicks!

If the system avoids just a few mispicks, it’s paid for itself!

 
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