Application of mobile robotics concepts to industrial automation
The author proposes a methodology to construct reconfigurable flexible manufacturing systems by enabling individual components to make localized decisions influenced by optimization algorithms. In order to evaluate this methodology, a simulation platform, the Networked Autonomous Automation System Simulator (NAASS), was created and validated with a physical setup, the Basic Automation and Robotics Demonstration (BARD). The NAASS was used to evaluate the performance, system robustness and system scalability of a variety of material transportation systems under different scheduling optimization ...
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