Positioning of automated guided vehicles in a loop layout to improve response time

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One of the control decisions in the operation of an Automated Guided Vehivle (AGV) System is that of determining the home positions for idle vehicles. A home position is a location strategically selected within the AGV System network for holding idle vehicles. Such point selection is based on the system operational objective. In this paper, the problem of selecting the home positions vehicles in a single loop type AGV network is addressed. Several single loop home selection models, along with solution methodologies are presented. The models are constructed based on the objective of minimizing the dead travel time of vehicles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)32-44
Number of pages13
JournalEuropean Journal of Operational Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Nov 26 1993
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Computer Science
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Information Systems and Management


  • Automated guided vehicles
  • Bi-directional flow
  • Guidepath
  • Home position
  • Unidirectional flow


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