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Editorial  |  Josh Bond  |  Associate Editor, Modern Materials Handling

Light-directed activities enter the third generation

The first generation of light systems sought to improve accuracy; the second generation enhanced speed; and we’re now entering the third, which is all about efficiency.

Widely used for fulfillment since the early 1980s, the pick-to-light market was recently considered mature before software, hardware and industry developments opened a frontier of new opportunities. The broadening umbrella of light-directed activities now includes pick-to-light, put-to-light, put walls, picking carts, hybrid voice/light systems, mobile and rapidly reconfigurable solutions.
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