Intelligent automatic guided vehicles

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Automatic guided vehicles (AGV) based material handling systems have become the most widely used method of transporting pallets and parts between workstations in flexible manufacturing systems. Their primary advantages include increased routing flexibility, space utilization, safety, and reduced overall operational cost. Key issues to address during the design of an AGV system include selection of AGV platform, flow path design, and fleet size determination. During run time AGV system functionality includes: system management, (AGV allocation), navigation (establishing conflict free routes), and load transfer (material pick up and deposit mechanisms). Autonomous AGV systems offer numerous advantages in comparison to traditional systems. The following chapter will discuss the state-of-the-art in AGV systems concentrating on AGV run time functionality and AGV system performance measurement.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIntelligent Industrial Systems
Subtitle of host publicationModeling, Automation and Adaptive Behavior
EditorsGerasimos Rigatos
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781615208500
ISBN (Print)9781615208494|, 1615208496
StatePublished - 2010


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