Bidirectional Automated Guided Vehicle Systems (AGVS)
The flow path network of an automated guided vehicle (AGV) system is defined by open aisles between machines, workstations, departments and fixed structures on the shop floor. A lane connecting a pair of nodes in the network can be unidirectional or bidirectional. There can be more than one lane in the same aisle if the traffic requirement is heavy. Therefore, the flow path networks of AGV systems can be classified into a (a) unidirectional model, (b) a multiple-lane model, (c) a bidirectional model, and (d) a mixed model, as depicted in Fig. 9.1.
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