The predominant method for navigation used by AGVE is laser measurement. AGVE offers full support and development tools for various components and guidance methods. As the main component for navigation AGVE uses commercially available scanners from SICK (Guidance Ltd and Kollmorgen scanners also supported). Two different methods of navigation are supported:
- * Reflector Navigation using targets mounted on strategic positions throughout the layout.
- * Contour Navigation using raw data from distance measurements.
This is the standard navigation method using cylindrical or flat reflectors mounted on walls, column or posts. Data from position survey stored in the scanner, pre-runtime. The vehicle position is determined by calculations within the scanner. AGVE prefers to use the SICK NAV350 scanner and in-house built cylindrical reflectors.
Navigation by existing surroundings. Recognition uses raw distance measuremt from the environment. This is suited for applications where the surrounding is non-changing e g corridors with clear visible walls and little moving objects eg people or manual trucks AGVE uses SICK proximity scanners (e g S300) for recognizing surroundings and thereby guiding the vehicle along the layout. Requires no updating points such as magnets or reflectors.