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.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Strategy and Management
- Management Science and Operations Research
- Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering