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Working in cooperation, Preussag Noell Benelux B.V. and the Delft University of Technology have developed a method for the integrated design and control of multi-AGV (automated guided vehicle) systems of up to ten vehicles. With the aid of simulations of the user-environment, termed the client system, the number of vehicles required and the logistic control strategies are determined and optimised. The simulation software which is derived is then used for the real-time control of the entire system. Advantages of this approach include a low-cost control system, a short design phase, adequate attuning of the AGV system to the client system, opportunities for the use of advanced specific control strategies and rapid, low-error implementation. A prototype simulation environment has been developed and tested including the real time control of an AGV.
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