IEC 61499 demonstrators

Fleet of AGVs: intelligent IEC-61499 agents integrated with the manufacturing automation tasks


Bluebotics’ ANT® is a hardware/software ready-to-use solution to apply autonomous navigation, in complex and dynamic environments, to already existing or custom designed mobile agents, scalable from a single AGV to a fleet of them.

The on-board intelligence of ANT®’s mobile agents can autonomously handle obstacles by either moving around them (obstacle avoidance), or adapting the speed to avoid emergency situations (path following), while it can combine information from industrial encoders and laser scanners to reach an accuracy of ±1 cm and ±1°. Development and deployment is made easy by the ANT® Lab integrated solution, which supports the installation of the platform, the process of configuring the vehicles, mapping the environment, creating the routes, handling traffic, and monitoring operation.

Finally, ANT® server hosts traffic management, the interface to the customer’s equipment, and the operator interface. The traffic management takes advantage of the characteristics of ANT® to make the whole configuration process straightforward. Indeed, the graph defined for navigation is used to automatically generate the traffic rules. The ANT® server allows visualizing the fleet in 3D, while the 2D monitoring application is available on many clients. Additionally, the server permits simulating a setup, which is very helpful to dimensioning a fleet of vehicles.


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