How complex is a driverless transport system (AGV) really?
Before introducing such a system, there are countless parameters to consider to ensure efficient and smooth functioning. We help you look at all of them and map the entire system using simulation.
You want to know what we consider?
Then read below the most important parameters that we take into account when simulating an AGV:
✅Total system parameters:
The system load, i.e. the quantity of goods to be transported, and the working time system play a decisive role in the simulation. It is important to take into account the different requirements of the orders, be it in terms of production or logistics orders as well as the consolidation or deconsolidation of the goods.
✅ Behaviour at the transport sources and sinks:
In addition to the pure quantity of orders, the temporal behaviour of the machine must also be considered. The question of whether personnel are needed for loading and unloading must also be answered.
✅ Vehicle features:
Accurate modelling of the vehicle characteristics is of great importance. This includes the speed of the AGV, possible speed reductions at certain sections and curves, acceleration and braking behaviour, interaction with other road users, the size of the vehicle when loaded, as well as battery consumption and recharging speed. The degree of autonomy during loading and unloading at sources and sinks as well as during navigation must also be taken into account.
✅ Control logic:
It is not always about minimising empty runs. Priorities when operating sinks, sequences of orders as well as the avoidance of congestion on main routes can have an influence on the course of the route. The distance to other vehicles as well as the right of way at intersections must also be taken into account. Decisions must also be made about when and where to charge the AGV’s batteries.
✅ Path network and layout:
The layout of the AGV system is crucial for a successful simulation. It must be decided whether the vehicles will travel on guided paths or be able to move freely. One-way streets, overtaking routes, parking spaces and battery charging stations are also part of the path network to be modelled.
A precise simulation of an automated guided vehicle system requires the consideration of all these parameters. By realistically modelling the system load, the vehicle characteristics, the control logic as well as the path network and layout, efficiency improvements and optimisations for the operation of the AGV can be achieved.
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