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.
±1 cm / ±1°
These AGVs are equipped with a specific sensor to follow a physical line
on the ground (e.g. magnetic tape, inductive wire).
These vehicles are equipped with a specific sensor (e.g. a camera or code reader),
which follows a route defined by tags.
The position of the vehicle is triangulated using laser beams that are
reflected back from reflectors. The paths followed are virtual.
Uses cameras to recognize features in the environment, with which the
vehicle's position is calculated. The paths followed are virtual.
Uses points measured with a vehicle's laser scanner(s) to identify – and
thereafter match – structures in the environment. The paths followed are
virtual. Also called: SLAM navigation, natural navigation.
Uses features measured with a laser scanner to identify – and thereafter
match – structures in the environment. The paths followed are virtual.
How does ANT® Navigation work?
ANT® natural feature navigation (sometimes called ‘natural navigation’, 'free navigation' or ‘SLAM navigation’) uses a vehicle’s existing laser safety scanners to first identify and then match permanent features in the environment, such as walls, pillars, and machines.
1. Create your map
Drive your AGV manually around the site. Our ANT® lab software (supplied) records data from the vehicle’s safety laser scanners, which is then used to generate a 2D map. Lastly, ‘clean’ this map by removing any dynamic objects, leaving only permanent features such as walls and pillars. These ‘references’ will be used to calculate your vehicle’s position, allowing it to navigate effectively.
3. Go to Work
Start your first mission! Your ANT® driven vehicle will use a combination of safety scanner data and odometry to move safely through the environment, following your pre-defined routes and actions. In the case of multiple AGVs, traffic and fleet management is easily handled by our ANT® server software (available with ANT® lite+).
What features does
ANT® navigation include?
Autonomous Navigation Technology (ANT®) includes a wide range of features to automate your AGV, forklift or mobile robot. Each function has been designed to bring real-world value, based on the needs of customers around the world.
Full kinematic support
Obstacle avoidance option
Embedded mission control
Pallet, 4-leg &
Full integration support (incl. on-site)
Optimal Vehicle Control
Full Kinematic Support
Optimized Path Follower
Obstacle Avoidance Option
Embedded Mission Control
Pallet, 4-leg & hitch trackers
Full Integration support (incl. on-site)
Intelligent mission scheduling
Battery charge management
API connection to WMS/MES/ERP
Intelligent Mission Scheduling
Battery Charge Management
API Connection to WMS/MES/ERP
EXPERT INTEGRATION &
When you choose ANT® natural feature navigation, our experienced team of engineers works closely with you to ensure the successful integration of this technology into your vehicle.
We provide on-site support as standard during this process. We even help you install your vehicle at your first customer's site. Again, at no extra cost.
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Emulation of line following
(with ANT® server)
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