Natural feature navigation: the path to successful AGV implementation

Global autonomous navigation leader, BlueBotics, is heading to this year’s ProMatDX digital event to educate developers and potential buyers of automated guided vehicles (AGVs) on the importance their navigation technology choices have on areas including vehicle robustness, accuracy, speed of installation and fleet use.

As part of the ProMatDX seminar program, BlueBotics will be presenting an informative seminar on the different types of navigation technology available, along with full, in-depth product demos of BlueBotics’ ANT® technology featuring a full fleet of ANT® driven AGVs and mobile robots. BlueBotics’ autonomous navigation experts will also be on hand via the company’s showcase page to answer questions and discuss visitor’s specific AGV development or investment needs.

ANT® navigation technology: Simple, accurate, and quick to install/modify

ANT® navigation technology is a precise, robust and flexible solution that enables AGVs, automated forklifts and mobile robots to safely navigate around their environments. Proven at more than 1,000 customer sites around the world, this technology enables vehicles to be commissioned in days, not weeks, without permanent changes to a site’s infrastructure. Furthermore, vehicle routes can be quickly and easily updated using ANT® lab software to meet new process needs. With the BlueBotics ANT® server platform, numerous diverse ANT® driven vehicles can be combined in a scalable fleet, no matter what the AGV make or model, making ANT® a flexible, future-proof solution capable of meeting a business’ evolving needs.

Intuitive and easy to use, ANT® technology is rich with features and options, making it highly adaptable to different project requirements and capable of supporting a wide range of vehicle kinematics, including omnidirectional models. Its approach of using permanent features in the environment – walls, pillars, fixed machinery etc. – ensures accurate, robust localization, and operational flexibility is added through ANT®’s choice of virtual path following or obstacle avoidance (or even both within the same project). ANT® server fleet management software meanwhile enables a wide range of diverse ANT® driven vehicles to be deployed across a site, whatever the make or model, including intelligent mission scheduling, traffic control, and interfacing with existing equipment, such as elevators or doors.

Dr. Nicola Tomatis. CEO of BlueBotics, said, “ANT® technology is well proven across a wide range of applications, with over 2,500+ ANT® driven vehicles now in operation worldwide, which have travelled over 10 million kilometers (6.2 million miles) in total. Alongside this flexible yet robust and accurate technology, we provide expert integration and end user installation support to ensure both vehicle makers and AGV operators are set-up for success.”

With a responsive and proactive team, BlueBotics has a reputation for successful AGV implementation and is one of the world’s leading autonomous navigation experts. Whether you are designing your own automated vehicle or looking to invest in AGV or mobile robot technology, a conversation with BlueBotics’ team could save your business time, money and pain.

Paths to Success – Comparing Autonomous Navigation Technologies will be presented on Monday, April 12th at 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Central Time (US) and Friday, April 16th 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Central Time (US). Each session will be followed by a live Q&A.

Live ANT® demos will take place on Tuesday, April 13th at 1:30 PM – 1:45 PM Central Time (US), Wednesday, April 14th at 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Central Time (US) and Thursday, April 15th at 2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Central Time (US). Again, each session will be followed by a live Q&A.

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