An Advanced AGVS Control System: An Example of Integrated Design and Control
• Development of an integrated path layout, fleet sizing and evaluation, and simulation tool, known as the AGVS Engineering Design Workstation, or AGVS EWS [1,2]. This tool is intended to be used by industrial engineers planning AGVS applications.
• Development of new guidance technologies incorporated in a software-guided vehicle which does not follow either a wire or stripe on the floor . The vehicle still follows a prescribed path, but this is specified in software rather than by a continuous marker on the floor.
KeywordsControl Point Material Handling Short Route File Type Dead Reckoning
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