The Impact of Guide Path Configurations on Performance of an Integrated Automated Guided Vehicle System Using Coloured Petri Net
Tauseef Aized*, Koji Takahashi**, and Ichiro Hagiwara*
*Hagiwara Lab, Department of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan
**Takahashi Lab, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Tokyo Institute of Technology, 2-12-1 Ookayama, Meguro-ku, Tokyo 152-8552, Japan
The objective of this study is to analyse an integrated Automated Guided Vehicle System (AGVS) which is embedded in a pull type multi-product, multi-stage and multi-line flexible manufacturing system (FMS). The analysis is carried out through the development of different guide path configurations. Three guide-path configurations are developed to add flexibility gradually in the AGVS and the impact of added flexibility is studied by examining the performance of the system. The study uses coloured Petri net methodology to model the system and the simulation results lead to decrease the number of automated guided vehicles and hence the overall cost of the system.