Technology Components

Transmitters:

AgWay transmitters are installed along the road or aisle where AGV is going to travel (Every 40m on both sides). They form a local-GPS and transmit radio signals to AGVs for navigation. They just need a power supply to work. The radio signals are safe and interference-free to other radio devices (CE Directive 2014/53/EU). AgWay transmitters are compatible with harsh environments, including dust, fog, rain and snow.

 

MKengine Core Technology:

This is our core technology. It is embedded in our Client App which is run on AGV computer. It processes radio signals sent by the transmitters, and provides accurate navigation for vehicles.  Unlike normal positioning systems, MKengine is designed based on a learning algorithm (US PATENT 62726514).

 

Path Following Optimizer:

A Minimum-Effort Controller for optimal steering wheel motor actuation. The most significant role of our controller is safe navigation. The optimizer ensures safe and smooth navigation with required accuracy or totally stopping AGV and rising alarm. With the optimizer, there is no inaccurate/dangerous navigation!

 

GSE Programming Environment:

This is a RealTime Task Executor which is run on AGV and Server computers. It allows engineers to program AGVs under a programming language designed especially for navigation purposes. Complex calculation is done underneath by GSE; letting programmer to just concentrate on higher levels of programming. It is possible to directly control all AGV actuators, or as an alternative, just share navigation data to vehicle controller and let the vehicle systems do the rest.

 

Traffic Management Server:

Our traffic management software is required when multiple vehicles work in a same area. It is installed on control room computer, and is capable to manage traffics between Wireless Navigated AGVs, other AGVs, human driven vehicles respecting traffic lights. In applications with the need for human supervision, the server can grant access to control room operator to manage AGV traffic manually. This is done by interactive operator screen with a simple user interface.

 

Task Targeting Server:

Using the targeting service, operator in control room can instantly define tasks to AGVs through wireless system. An AGV can also redirect tasks to another AGV at certain moments. Any authorized mobile phone also can define tasks using general text provider Apps.

 

Plugins:

Vehicle producers can write plugins for AgWay framework to add connection capability to specific vehicle components, industrial automation devices, warehouse databases etc. It requires basic knowledge of C#/C++ language. The framework compiles plugin function code with no need to third-party compiler.

 

Route Drawing Interface:

AgWay graphical user interface on both AGV and Server computers, allowing engineers to design/modify AGV virtual routes throughout the working area.

 

Industrial IO Handler (IoSync):

With Modbus-TCP protocol support, AgWay is able to be connected to the whole ranges of industrial automation devices.

 

Simulation Environment:

The whole framework can be run under a simulator environment. The simulator acts as a virtual AGV (Single or Dual steering wheel AGV with adjustable dynamics and kinematics). Hardware delays and lags are simulated according to settings. Programmer can put the system under condition close to real installation condition to check navigation performance and functions before deployment.

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