Evaluation of automatic guided vehicle systems

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Abstract

This paper presents a methodology for detailed evaluation of autonomous automated guided vehicles systems (AGVS) used for material handling. The methodology includes: stand-alone sub-module evaluation, including comprehensive simulations and statistical analysis of the system's sub-modules, along with hardware validation; quantitative system evaluation for integrated system performance investigation; and structured qualitative analyses for identifying strengths and weaknesses not readily apparent. The defined performance measures include aspects from both multi-robot and AGV fields. The developed methodology provides a systematic way to model, experiment with, analyze, and compare different AGVS control methods. To demonstrate the methodology, it was applied to evaluate a recently developed decentralized AGVS control method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)522-528
Number of pages7
JournalRobotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
Volume25
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2009

Keywords

  • AGV
  • AGVS
  • Material handling
  • Multi robots
  • Performance evaluation

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