Product News: Software component Locator from Bosch Rexroth

Jan. 9, 2023
The tool positions and orients mobile robots in dynamic environments.

With Bosch Rexroth’s ROKIT Locator software, mobile robots can independently determine their position, notes its maker, heralding the launch of this new offering. Locator enables mobile robots to determine their position and orientation in any environment, simplifying the automation of intralogistics tasks in industry and trade, they add, noting that Locator is compatible with various industrial controllers and laser sensors on the market and is suitable for mobile units of all sizes and drive types.

With Locator, the process of introducing autonomous guided vehicles can be replaced with quick and easy commissioning, without requiring additional expert knowledge, claims Bosch. Locator enables the robots to evaluate the signals from a laser sensor in the vehicle and convert 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 familiarize the unit with its surroundings in a one-time orientation trip.

A user interface based on 3D technology is provided for this purpose. The software maps an initially unknown environment and automatically creates a map. Locator stores this map on the vehicle itself, or optionally on an on-site server component, also offered by Bosch Rexroth. If several mobile units are used, they all access this map. Afterwards, immediate localization is possible without initial knowledge. If a vehicle detects a change in the environment, such as when 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 mobile units in the fleet.  

The Locator can be used in a wide variety of vehicle types, industries and applications, says its maker. 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. Locator is already being used by various AGV and AMR manufacturers, including Bosch Rexroth’s MP1000R and ACTIVE Shuttle.