Design and control of automated guided vehicle systems: A case study

Q. Li, A.C. Adriaansen, J.T. Udding, A.Y. Pogromski

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    Abstract

    In this paper, we study the design and control of automated guided vehicle (AGV) systems, with the focus on the quayside container transport in an automated container terminal. We first set up an event-driven model for an AGV system in the zone control framework. Then a number of layouts of the road network (guide-path) are carefully designed for the workspace of the AGVs in a container terminal. Based on our zone control model, a traffic control strategy is proposed, which decouples the motion conflict resolution among the AGVs from the routing problem. A routing algorithm is also constructed with the goal of minimizing the vehicle travel distances and the transportation time. The efficiency of the integrated design and control is demonstrated by computer simulations in terms of a set of defined measures of system performance. Lastly, we point out several possibilities towards improving our current results.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC), 28 August - 2 September 2011, Milan, Italy
    Place of PublicationMilan, Italy
    PublisherIFAC
    Pages13852-13857
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event18th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC 2011 World Congress) - Milano, Italy
    Duration: 28 Aug 20112 Sep 2011
    Conference number: 18
    http://www.ifac2011.org/

    Conference

    Conference18th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC 2011 World Congress)
    Abbreviated titleIFAC 2011
    CountryItaly
    CityMilano
    Period28/08/112/09/11
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