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Volume 8, Issue 1 (Jan 2008)

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Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV): Searching a Path in the Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Omar Lengerke
  • Mechatronic Systems & Robotics Research Group - COPPE/UFRJ, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, CEP 21.945-970 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
  • Mechatronics Engineering Program, UNAB, Autonomous University of Bucaramanga, Bucaramanga, Colombia
/ Max Dutra
  • Mechatronic Systems & Robotics Research Group - COPPE/UFRJ, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, CEP 21.945-970 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
/ Felipe França
  • System Engineering and Computer Science Program - COPPE/UFRJ, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Postal Box 68.511 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
/ Magda Tavera
  • Mechatronic Systems & Robotics Research Group - COPPE/UFRJ, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, CEP 21.945-970 - Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
Published Online: 2009-05-18 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10040-008-0106-7

Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV): Searching a Path in the Flexible Manufacturing Systems

Manufacturing systems are undergoing a noticeable evolution due to an intense technological progress in industrial robotics. Serial production has evolved into the concept of Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS), which encapsulate processes in automatic equipment that are capable of executing different operations, that before be performed in several stages and diverse equipments. Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) systems have been frequently used as material handling equipment in manufacturing systems since the last two decades. Particularly, AGV's with trailers are, and will continue to be, the backbone of the material transport industry. The use of these systems has taken the attention of experts and researchers. They are numerous studies concerning AGV with trailers systems in literature; few of them deal with the adaptation of these systems into FMS. In this paper, a study of the trajectories and a simulation model of a hypothetical system, which included a FMS environment, were developed. In addition, a potential field's method was explored in order to improve the ability of detecting obstacles in AGV's with trailers moving through stations.

Pojazdy Kierowane Automatycznie (AGV): Poszukiwanie Drogi w Elastycznych Systemach Wytwarzania

Produkcja seryjna wyewoluowała w kierunku koncepcji Elastycznych Systemów Wytwarzania (FMS), która obejmuje procesy technologiczne wykonywane przy zastosowaniu urządzeń automatyki. Od dwóch dekad do transportu i podawania materiałów w systemach wytwarzania stosuje się często układy Pojazdów Kierowanych Automatycznie (AGV). W szczególności, takie pojazdy z przyczepami są i w dalszym ciągu będą szkieletem systemów do transportu materiałów produkcyjnych. W niniejszym artykule przedstawiono badania nad trajektoriami (trasami przejazdów) i modelem symulacyjnym takiego hipotetycznego systemu, który został opracowany jako część środowiska Elastycznych Systemów Wytwarzania (FMS). Dodatkowo została zbadana potencjalna metoda badań w terenie pozwalająca na poprawę wykrywalności przeszkód utrudniających ruch Pojazdom Kierowanym Automatycznie z przyczepami przejeżdżającymi przez stacje.

Keywords: Flexible Manufacturing Systems; Automated Guided Vehicle; Trajectories Planning

Keywords: Elastyczne Systemy Wytwarzania (FMS); Pojazdy Kierowane Automatycznie (AGV); planowanie trajektorii (tras przejazdów)

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Published Online: 2009-05-18

Published in Print: 2008-01-01


Citation Information: Journal of Konbin, ISSN (Online) 2083-4608, ISSN (Print) 1895-8281, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/v10040-008-0106-7. Export Citation

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