Your comprehensive industrial automation supplier.
Matthews Automation Solutions designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of marking, coding and industrial automation technologies and solutions. Manufacturers, suppliers and distributors worldwide rely on our integrated systems to identify, track, control and pick products at the highest levels of accuracy and throughput at every level of their global and domestic supply chains. Matthews also offers custom control packages engineered to meet the specific needs original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in virtually every industry.
Whether your automation challenge is in manufacturing, packaging or distribution, the combined expertise of Matthews’ brands delivers the integrated solution that meets your needs today, and grows with you tomorrow. Our automated and semi-automated marking, coding, control, sortation, picking and verification technologies and software streamline your order fulfillment processes to maximize your productivity. Your advantage: Matthews’ expertise.
Move It. | With innovative technology supported by dedicated team of professionals, Matthews offers the full treatment to branded products—from production line to retail shelf.
Mark It. | Matthews excels at customizing our marking systems to integrate seamlessly with your production requirements.
Track It. | Matthews’ logistics solutions allow you to plug in to every step of your process. Our products easily integrate with your existing business and to streamline tracking processes.
Lightning Pick’s emerging mobile robotic and augmented reality glasses featured in Modern Materials Handling.
In “The Big Picture: Adaptability as King” feature story in the June issue of Modern Materials Handling, Lightning Pick’s Vice President and General Manager Jim Bast was interviewed. Bast discussed emerging mobile robotics solutions and augmented reality (AR) glasses as part of a trend toward warehouses adopting automation solutions that support greater flexibility and adaptability in handling growing e-commerce and other distribution and order fulfillment needs. The technologies offer gains in speed and flexibility, getting more orders out the door faster.
In discussing some of the benefits of mobile robots over fixed, permanent conveyor installations, Bast noted: “We see much of the advantage from mobile robots as coming from the flexibility of movement it allows for human operators. When you start adding lots of automation to a DC, it can start looking like an expressway interchange in Southern California.”
Bast (pictured at right) also discussed AR glasses, such as Microsoft’s HoloLens, as a technology that supports greater warehouse and order fulfillment agility. He noted that the glasses’ ability to mix a view of physical reality with holographic information shows promise as a future alternative to hard-wired, pick-to-light solutions. Although the hardware is not yet robust enough to handle the rigors of of a warehouse, Bast said, “we believe that as these [AR glasses] solutions become more industrialized, and frankly, more cost effective, there may come a time when maybe there won’t be physical lights needed for applications like put walls.”
In 1850, John Dixon Matthews emigrated from Sheffield, England to open a small engraving shop in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He became a pre-eminent provider of high-quality identification products and services, including stamping dies, branding irons, ornate engravings and stamps for wooden crates. His company flourished, converting from a partnership to a corporation in 1902.
The four Matthews Automation Solutions’ brands—Holjeron, Matthews Marking systems, Lightning Pick and Pyramid Controls—design, manufacture and distribute a wide range of marking, coding and industrial automation technologies and solutions. Today, 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, the combined expertise of these four brands delivers the integrated solution that meets an organization’s needs today, and grows with them tomorrow. When paired with the services of Matthews’ graphics and merchandising segments, our global, streamlined services and technologies create a truly integrated path to purchase. Matthews helps you keep your brand promise, worldwide.
“Data is what’s used to mark, identify, track, control and pick the products required by every order. Customers are looking to suppliers like us to help them link and integrate all that data throughout the process. Matthews offers data-driven automation solutions that boost system interconnectivity and automate complex tasks that humans can’t accomplish efficiently.”
“The solutions we’re thinking about today are strongly influenced by our vision of a future in the cloud… to help our customers improve their operations through better data management functions such as performance monitoring and analysis, troubleshooting, preventive maintenance alerts and notifications.”
“The management and integration of data is one of the leading opportunities, and challenges, for supply chains worldwide. With the rise of cloud computing, companies have unprecedented opportunities to better leverage their supply chains and increase their service offerings—and sales.”