Real-time deadlock-free control strategy for single multi-load automated guided vehicle on a job shop manufacturing system

Fuh-Hwa Liu, Pi Chuan Hung

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Abstract

An unmanned automated job shop manufacturing system with a single multi-load automated guided vehicle, which traverses around a single-loop guidepath, is considered in this work. This type of shop design is often used as an independent sector of some complex AGV layouts, such as tandem, segmented bi-directional single-loop and divided configurations. The type of multi-load vehicle is a good alternative against using more single-load vehicles to serve a higher transportation demand. To an unmanned automated manufacturing system, the management of finite system resources, e.g. finite input/output queuing space and transporting carriers, plays a vital role in avoiding system deadlocks and machine blockages. The proposed control strategy for a single multi-load vehicle uses global shop real-time information to achieve the objectives: avoid shop deadlocks caused by inappropriate job movement as well as satisfy the system transport requirement. The efficiency of the proposed vehicle control strategy and the other two expanded strategies under various parameter designs are verified by computer simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1323-1342
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Production Research
Volume39
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2001

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