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A Case Study of Planning and Analyzing the Implementation of an AGV System Using Discrete Event Simulation 2024-01-2054

This article presents a case study that was conducted at a renowned Danish manufacturing company that desired to employ AGVs (automated-guided vehicles) in one of its production facilities. The main goal was to create an AGV (automated-guided vehicle) system that is well synchronized with the manufacturing facility so that intralogistics problems are avoided during manufacturing activities. AGV routing and scheduling, loading, and waiting periods, battery management, and failure management were all considered when developing the AGV logic. As a result, it was confirmed that the AGV system in place can support a production system to meet pulse time requirements. A hierarchically structured discrete event simulation model was created to examine the logic of AGVs and the interplay between AGVs and manufacturing operations. The simulation study confirmed that AGV implementation will not affect the production system's ability to meet the set pulse time requirements. Furthermore, the simulation study offered meaningful insights regarding the layout, quantity, and control logic of AGVs.


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