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More flexibility and usability for mobile robots

Software component Locator from Bosch Rexroth for the positioning and orientation of mobile robots in changing environments

With the Locator software component from Bosch Rexroth, mobile robots independently determine their position. Users need neither expert knowledge nor concrete constructional devices to commission the component. The solution for position determination and orientation in any environment thus simplifies the automation of intralogistics tasks in industry and trade or, for example, in hospitals. The Locator is compatible with numerous industrial controllers and laser sensors from various manufacturers and is suitable for vehicles of all sizes and drive types.

Until now, many users have shied away from the effort required to introduce autonomous guided vehicles (AGVs) and autonomous mobile robots (AMRs). Project durations are often several months and the areas of application in the hall must be equipped with marking strips, reflectors or mirrors. Afterwards, specialists start to manually train the mobile units to their environment.

The software component Locator replaces this project effort with a quick and easy commissioning without expert knowledge. To do this, the software from Bosch Rexroth evaluates the signals from a laser sensor in the vehicle and converts them into coordinates in space. No permanently installed aids, such as markers or reflectors, are required for orientation and position determination. Users only need one click to start up the system and learn the vehicle with a one-time orientation drive. An intuitive user interface based on 3D technology is provided for this purpose. Similar to a computer game, the software maps an initially unknown environment and automatically creates a map.

The Locator stores this map on the vehicle itself or optionally on an on-site server component also offered by Bosch Rexroth. If several vehicles are used, they all access this map. Afterwards, immediate localization is possible without initial knowledge.

If a vehicle detects a change in the environment, for example by setting up a new storage location, it sends this information to the server, which automatically updates the map accordingly and sends it to all the vehicles in the fleet. Vehicles purchased subsequently with the Locator take over the server data when they are put into operation and can drive off immediately.

The Locator can be used in a wide variety of vehicle types, industries and applications. The software is independent of the hardware used by a vehicle manufacturer. As an encapsulated function block, it fits into numerous control systems and supports a wide range of laser sensors, including safety lasers. On request, Bosch Rexroth also supplies the software with its own control unit. The Locator is already being used by various AGV and AMR manufacturers in series production vehicles.

As one of the world’s leading suppliers of drive and control technologies, Bosch Rexroth ensures efficient, powerful and safe movement in machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation. With its intelligent components, customized system solutions and services, Bosch Rexroth is creating the necessary environment for fully connected applications. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drive and control technology, gear technology and linear motion and assembly technology, including software and interfaces to the Internet of Things. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 32,300 associates generated sales revenue of roughly 6.2 billion euros in 2018.

To learn more, please visit www.boschrexroth.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 403,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2019). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 77.9 billion euros in 2019. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected manufacturing. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiary and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 125 locations across the globe, Bosch employs some 72,000 associates in research and development.

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