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  • Offer Profile
  • Your Vehicle Navigation Partner

    At BlueBotics we help companies meet the challenge of vehicle automation. We provide the ANT® navigation technology and expert support they need to bring their automated guided vehicle (AGV), automated forklift or mobile robot successfully to market. We also offer professional robotic engineering services to help companies go from idea to product. 
    Choose BlueBotics as your expert partner and let’s bring your automated product to life.

    • 20 years of natural feature navigation
    • 2,000+ ANT® driven vehicles in operation
    • 1,000+ end-user installations
    • 10+ million KM driven by ANT®
Product Portfolio
  • Autonomous Navigation Technology (ANT®)

  • Natural feature navigation for your automated guided vehicle (AGV), automated forklift or mobile robot.

    ANT® navigation technology is an accurate, robust and flexible solution that meets the evolving needs of vehicle producers and operators. Based on 20 years of industry experience, ANT® is simple to use and cost-effective to install and modify.

    • Quick to install & modify
    • Accurate to ±1 cm / ±1°
    • Scalable - create an ANT® fleet
      • ANT® lite+
        Positioning & control for your vehicle

      • Fully automate your vehicle

        ANT® lite+ is a vehicle control and positioning system for AGVs, automated forklifts and mobile robots. this complete natural feature navigation solution calculates the vehicle’s position (localization), controls its motion, and can interface directly with the vehicle’s safety laser scanners. when combined with ANT® server software, ant® lite+ also offers mission and fleet management, including traffic control.

        • Positioning & control for:
        • Automated guided vehicles (AGVs)
        • Automated forklifts
        • Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)
        • Service robots
      • ANT® localization+
        Positioning & emulation of line following for your vehicle

      • Upgrade to virtual line following

        ANT® localization+ is a positioning system for the upgrading of line following AGVs. It enables a vehicle to follow a virtual line using natural feature navigation, effectively replacing the antenna used to follow physical lines such as magnetic tape, inductive wire, tags etc.

        Positioning for:

        • Line-following AGVs
      • ANT® localization
        Positioning for your vehicle

      • Know exactly where your vehicle is

        ANT® localization is a vehicle positioning system for automated guided vehicles (AGVs), automated forklifts and mobile robots. It can also be used to track manual vehicles. ANT® localization simply provides position coordinates to the main vehicle controller. Therefore, it suits vehicle makers who have their own control system.

        Positioning for:

        • Automated guided vehicles (AGVs)
        • Automated forklifts
        • Autonomous mobile robots (AMRs)
        • Service robots
        • Manual vehicles (e.g. forklift trucks)
      • ANT® lab
        Vehicle & mission configuration software

      • Configure, install, deploy

        ANT® lab is our proven vehicle and mission configuration software. Use it to configure and install your customers' AGVs. Then, in the future, use ANT® lab to update their installations, modifying routes and actions as required.

        • Configure & calibrate vehicles
        • Map sites
        • Create routes & actions (e.g. move forks)
        • Configure devices (e.g. chargers, elevators etc.)
        • Define traffic rules (to be managed by ANT® server)
        • Simple monitoring for testing & validation
        • Supplied with every ANT® product
        • Free, regular updates
      • ANT® server
        Mission & fleet management software

      • Put your AGVs to work

        ANT® server is our advanced mission and fleet management software. Use it to manage and optimize your on-site operation (including AGV traffic control).

        • Simulate vehicles and missions
        • Schedule missions
        • Automatically control AGV traffic
        • Monitor your fleet in real-time
        • Manage the charging of vehicles
        • Interface with existing equipment (software/elevators etc.)
    • Success Stories

        • AGV Scandinavia, 2016

        • Objective

          Automation of a standard forklift.

          Challenges

          • Integration of ANT® lite+ into a standard manual forklift
          • Integration of the AGV solution into an existing and running production site

          So why ANT?

          • ANT® lite+ provides a full navigation solution with standard interfaces at a competitive price. Together with the ANT® server, it provides a complete solution for the installation of an AGV system.
          • After the integration into the standard forklift, the installation at the customer site was then extremely easy and allowed AGV Scandinavia to profile itself as a key player in the Scandinavian region.
        • Stöcklin – Eagle-ANT, 2014

        • Objective

          Design and commercialize a simple and extremely competitive autonomous guided vehicle.

          Challenges

          • Integrate the new ANT lite+ into a simple vehicle
          • Implement point-to-point functionality
          • Make available a complete traffic management

          So why ANT?

          • Stöcklin has been convinced by the characteristics of ANT lite+, which combines the power of ANT with a simple package resulting in a competitive setup.
          • All ANT products take advantage of the ANT lab installation tools, which allow for extremely simple and fast installation.
          • Stöcklin has then designed a vehicle with the same philosophy: Simple to operate and extremely competitive on the market.
        • Kokeisl – KPR Forklift, 2011

        • Objective

          Transportation of pallets from palletizer to stock conveyor.

          Challenges

          • Narrow corridors and station entrances
          • One vehicle to cover 2800 sqm

          So why ANT?

          • The AGV equipped with ANT® was purchased after a three days demo. Installation as part of one day and two days operation demonstrated the performance of the system.
          • Installing reflectors, inductive lines or magnets on the 70 x 40 m surface area to be covered by a single vehicle was not cost efficient. ANT® requiring no additional infrastructure allowed the realization of the project within a tight budget.
        • Esatroll – Paquito Forklift, 2009

        • Objective

          Transportation of pallets from palletizer to stock buffer.

          Challenges

          • Very narrow racks to be driven in
          • 250 pick and place positions
          • One vehicle to cover 7500 sqm

          So why ANT?

          • Localization based on laser triangulation was impossible in the narrow racks. ANT®’s environment-based localization allowed traveling through the long and narrow racks with high precision.
          • Installing inductive lines or magnets on the 200 x 50 m surface area to be covered by a single vehicle was not cost efficient. ANT® requiring no additional infrastructure allowed the realization of the project within a tight budget.
      • Engineering services

      • Developing a successful AGV or mobile robot requires specialist expertise

        Deciding to become one of your market's innovation leaders, or even disrupt a market, by creating an automated guided vehicle (AGV) or autonomous mobile robot (AMR) is one thing. Developing that product is quite another.
        At BlueBotics we understand your challenge, because we've been helping companies to bring mobile robots and AGVs efficiently to market for over two decades.
        Our experienced robotics engineers cover every skillset required, from mechatronics and system design to autonomous navigation.

          • mini™ lite
            The mobile robot platform for diverse applications

          • The BlueBotics mini™ lite is a flexible, industry-proven autonomous mobile robot (AMR) platform. Driven by our Autonomous Navigation Technology (ANT®) and therefore immediately fleet-ready, it is the perfect base on which to develop a vehicle that meets your organization’s specific needs.

            Ideal for:

            • Light material handling (boxes/racks/trays)
            • Integration of small industrial robots/cobots
            • Custom applications

            Features:

            • ANT® navigation technology
            • Lift module option
            • Conveyor module option
            • Custom module development
            • Obstacle avoidance option
            • Fleet management
          • mini
            The mobile robot platform for cleanroom applications

          • The BlueBotics mini™ is a compact, low particle emission autonomous mobile robot (AMR) platform. Driven by our Autonomous Navigation Technology (ANT®) this fleet-ready performer is the perfect base on which to develop a vehicle that meets your cleanroom’s specific needs.

            Ideal for:

            • Cleanrooms
            • Laboratories
            • Light material handling (boxes/racks/trays)
            • Integration of small industrial robots/cobots
            • Custom applications

            Features:

            • Low particle emission
            • Highly compact
            • Articulated chassis
            • ANT® navigation technology
            • Lift module option
            • Conveyor module option
            • Custom module development
            • Obstacle avoidance option
            • Fleet management
          • mini UVC
            Disinfect with light

            • SAFE: Safe, autonomous disinfection of public buildings
            • SCALABLE: Disinfect more quickly or cover larger sites
            • ROBUST: Disinfects as programmed, every time
            • COST- EFFECTIVE: Reduce staff absences or healthcare associated infections

            Disinfect with light

            The mini™ UVC safely and autonomously disinfects any type of indoor public space, from hospitals to hotel rooms, airports and more.

            Flexible enough to suit virtually any site, the mini™ UVC mobile robot can be operated 100% autonomously, semi-autonomously, or manually by a person wearing personal protective equipment.

        • Success stories

            • SITA – Kate, 2017

            • Objective

              Design and produce three prototypes of autonomous checkin’ kiosk.

              Challenges

              • Design three new vehicles from scratch
              • Integrate existing components from standard checkin’ kiosks
              • Less than four months from specification to delivery

              Solution

              BlueBotics firstly worked with SITA to clearly define the use case, then teamed up with designers to define the aesthetics and ergonomics before developing and producing the 3 Kate prototypes in an extremely short time.

            • Cleanfix – RA 660 Navi, 2014

            • Objective

              Create an autonomous professional cleaning machine for airports, hospitals, hotels, and shopping centers.

              Challenges

              • Design a compact navigation system
              • Develop a coverage solution ready for real-world
              • Integrate the control of the whole cleaning machine

              Solution

              BlueBotics redesigned the navigation system, developed a coverage algorithm, and automated the cleaning components together with Cleanfix to obtain a fully integrated solution.

            • Oppent – EVOcart, 2014

            • Objective

              Design a new hospital vehicle with a complete software suite to easily integrate into the hospital’s infrastructure.

              Challenges

              • Design an industrial vehicle from scratch
              • Develop a complete traffic management solution
              • Provide flow management and infrastructure control

              Solution

              BlueBotics supported Oppent in the design of the vehicle, developed a complete traffic management solution and teamed up with a strategic partner for flow and infrastructure control.

            • Geneva Airport, 2013

            • Objective

              Provide innovative and user-friendly services for the passengers at the Geneva airport.

              Challenges

              • Develop a robot guide for the airport
              • Develop a suitable user interface
              • Integrate in the airport environment

              Solution

              BlueBotics worked with Geneva Airport’s IT department, with their marketing department, as well as with external designers and interaction designers to develop and produce the complete solution.