Scientific paper ID 1392 : 2016/3

Stanislav Glumac, Zoran Čekerevac, Jelena Maletić

Systems for assisting drivers in driving vehicles, and even to allow automated driving of vehicles, became the focus of research in the automotive industry. But, similar systems are already in use in the production process in the automotive industry. In factories, the automatized guiding of vehicles is much easier to realize than in the road transportation conditions. In most cases, factories have well-defined transport routes, with or without crossings, and with a limited number and types of vehicles. Although it is to expect that the serial and mass production imply processes which are well defined, long lasting, and rarely changeable, automated guided vehicles (AGV) systems allow flexible routing and delivery of materials, components, and/or products.

In the frame of this work, some of the systems for automatic guiding of vehicles used for parts transportation are presented, as well as some of the methodologies for their evaluation. Here are presented some ways of the vehicles controlling and communications, together with a brief analysis of AGV INDUMAT systems used in the FIAT factories Mirafiori, and Melfi. The methodology covers three operation criteria: the success of the mission, time, and the length of the route. The evaluation s factors time and route length because it is quite possible that longer route can sometimes give the shorter time of transportation because the vehicles can run faster. All criteria are normalized, because of the different dispositions of working places and different AVG systems, to make comparison easier.

оценка система автоматично управлявани превозни средства логистикаevaluation system automatically guided vehicles logisticsStanislav Glumac Zoran Čekerevac Jelena Maletić


[1] n.d., ”Automatic Guided Vehicle Manufacturers,” 2015.

[Online] Available:

[2] B. Benhabib, Manufacturing: Design, Production, Automation, and Integration, New York - Basel: Marcel Drekker Inc, 2003.

[3] R. W. Seifert, M. G. Kay and J. R. Wilson, ”Evaluation of AGV routing strategies using hierarchical simulation,” in Proceedings of the 1995 Winter Simulation Conference, 1995.

[4] S. J. O. Hoshino, A. Shinozaki and H. Hashimoto, ”Optimal Design, Evaluation, and Analysis of AGV Transportation Systems Based on Various Transportation Demands,” in Proceedings of the 2005 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, 2005.

[5] N. Viswanadham and Y. Narahari, Performance modeling o automated manufacturing systems, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, 1992.

[6] G. Rigatos, Intelligent Industrial Systems: Modeling, automation and adaptive behavior, Hershey - New York: Information Science Reference, 2010.

[7] S. Dhib, M. Elleuch and A. Frikha, ”Evaluation of AGV system in flexible production system: A simulation study,” in International Conference on Advanced Logistics and Transport (ICALT), Sousse, 2013.

[8] S. Berman and Y. Edan, ”Decentralized autonomous AGV system for material handling,” Int J Prod Res, vol. 40, no. 15, p. 3995–4006, 2002.

[9] FIAT Group, Logistic Standard Book: LOGbook FGA Logistic Standard & Guidelines, Rev. 2. EN, FIAT, 2008.

[10] B. A. Peters, J. S. Smith, and S. Venkatesh, ”A control classification of automated guided vehicle system,” International Journal of Industrial Engineering, vol. 3, no. 1, p. 29–39, 1996.

[11] S. Berman, E. Schechtman, and Y. Edan, ”Evaluation of automatic guided vehicle system,” Robotic and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, p. 7, 2008.

[12] G. A. Koff, ”Automatic guided vehicle systems: applications, control and planning,” Material Flow, no. 4, pp. 3-16, 1987.

[13] M. Patton, Qualitative evaluation and research methods, CA: Sage Publication Inc., 1990.

[14] M. C. Hoepfl, ”Choosing qualitative research: a primer for technology education researchers,” J Technol, no. 9, pp. 12-39, 1997.

[15] S. Berman, E. Schechtman, and Y. Edan, ”Evaluation of automatic guided vehicle systems,” Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 522-528, 30 Jun 2009.

[16] S. Berman, Y. Edan and M. Jamshidi, ”Decentralized autonomous automatic guided vehicles in material handling,” IEEE Trans Robotics Autom, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 743-9, 2003.

[17] E. Gat, ”Towards principled experimental study of autonomous mobile robots,” Autonomous Robots, vol. 2, no. 3, p. 1573–7527, 1995.




This site uses cookies as they are important to its work.

Accept all cookies
Cookies Policy