An Advanced AGVS Control System: An Example of Integrated Design and Control

  • Ronald A. Bohlander
  • Wiley D. Holcombe
  • James W. Larsen
Conference paper
Part of the Progress in Material Handling and Logistics book series (LOGISTICS, volume 2)


The Automated Guided Vehicle System (AGVS) has attracted increased attention over the past decade from both the material handling user community and from academics, primarily due to its flexibility. From an academic perspective, the key challenges addressed have been 1) measuring or understanding AGVS performance and 2) extending its flexibility. Georgia Tech Material Handling Research Center programs, in this regard, have included:
  • • 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 [3]. The vehicle still follows a prescribed path, but this is specified in software rather than by a continuous marker on the floor.


Control Point Material Handling Short Route File Type Dead Reckoning 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald A. Bohlander
    • 1
  • Wiley D. Holcombe
    • 1
  • James W. Larsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Georgia Institute of TechnologyUSA

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