Characterization of automatic guided vehicle dispatching rules

Pius J. Egbelu, Jose M.A. Tanchoco

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Hardware failures notwithstanding, the ability of an automated system operating according to promised potential is dependent upon the operational control measures in force. In this paper, some heuristic rules for dispatching Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) in a job shop environment are presented. The rules are useful for assigning priorities to work stations requesting the services of a vehicle for material pickup. The likely effects of these rules on the performance of a job shop are postulated. Simulation results to demonstrate the effects of these rules arc also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)359-374
Number of pages16
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1984
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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