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AGVs - Automated Guided Vehicles - are the backbone of today's material handling industry. The AGV market is experiencing tremendous growth, supporting the sector with high-tech along the entire value chain. Indeed, the AGV market is expected to total more than 2B$ by 2020 and to reach 10B$ by 2030.

AGVs - Automated Guided Vehicles - are the backbone of today’s material handling industry. The AGV market is experiencing tremendous growth, supporting the sector with high-tech along the entire value chain. Indeed, the AGV market is expected to total more than 2B$ by 2020 and to reach 10B$ by 2030.
Global technology supplier in this field is BlueBotics SA of St-Sulpice, Switzerland. It focuses on innovative navigation with its ANT® product. This Autonomous Navigation Technology is at the heart of AGVs in logistics and new applications in service robotics. BlueBotics’ crew helps customers integrate the proven ANT® product into their vehicles or develops new applications with high added value together with new customers entering the market. Current examples include Esartoll with the Paquito forklift for transportation of pallets from palletizer to stock buffer, or Cleanfix with its RA 660 Navi cleaning robot for hospitals, hotels and shopping centers. The latter is equipped with ANT® lite for efficient and economical cleaning. Oppent is scoring successes with EVOcartTM, the new hospital vehicle featuring ANT® server, BlueBotics’ complete fleet management software, which is easily integrated into a hospital’s infrastructure. Last but not least, Stöcklin Logistik AG offers innovative logistic solutions meeting the highest requirements. It is therefore relying on BlueBotics for its first AGV, which integrates ANT® lite+ and a point-to-point functionality to ensure simple and extremely competitive pallet logistics.
With the expansion of its worldwide activities, which extend to countries like Canada, Korea, Turkey and the USA, BlueBotics is continuing to look for creative partners interested in the effective ANT® navigation product. In view of this growth, CEO Nicola Tomatis decided to move to larger facilities: "We now have sufficient space to continue creating considerable added-value for our customers so that they can successfully position themselves in the global markets. If you need a proven navigation solution or have an interesting mobile robotics idea to realize, please do not hesitate to contact us!"

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