Potentials for bi-directional guide-path for automated guided vehicle based systems

Pius J. Egbelu, M. A. Tanchocos

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Most current applications of automated guided vehicle systems (AGVS) in manufacturing shopenvironmenta employ uni-directional guide-paths for vehicle routing despite the fact that bi-directional vehicles exist. In this paper comparisons and issues regarding uni-directional and bi-directional flows are presented. Also presented is a model of a bi-directional traffic flow guide-path. The effect of the traffic flow pattern on the shop throughput is demonstrated and compared to that of a uni-directional flow system of an equivalent facility. The model is implemented using computer simulation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1075-1097
Number of pages23
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1986
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

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


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