IBNA- The book, ‘Autonomous Guided Vehicles’ co-authored in English by two Iranian academics has become one of the most visited books of American Springer Publishing in 2018.
According to IBNA correspondent, ‘Autonomous Guided Vehicles’ has been co-authored by Mohammad Saidi-Mehrabad, a faculty member of Tehran’s Elm-o San’at University and Hamed Fazlollahtabar, a faculty member of Damghan University.
The proposal for the publication of the book was sent by the authors to Springer Publishing which was approved by its experts and led to signing a copyright agreement. Then the completed book was reviewed and was finally approved by the publisher. It took five years for the authors to complete the work.
The book is introduced as: “A work which provides readers with extensive information on path planning optimization for both single and multiple Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and discusses practical issues involved in advanced industrial applications of AGVs.
After discussing previously published research in the field and highlighting the current gaps, it introduces new models developed by the authors with the goal of reducing costs and increasing productivity and effectiveness in the manufacturing industry.
The new models address the increasing complexity of manufacturing networks, due for example to the adoption of flexible manufacturing systems that involve automated material handling systems, robots, numerically controlled machine tools, and automated inspection stations, while also considering the uncertainty and stochastic nature of automated equipment such as AGVs.
The book discusses and provides solutions to important issues concerning the use of AGVs in the manufacturing industry, including material flow optimization with AGVs, programming manufacturing systems equipped with AGVs, reliability models, the reliability of AGVs, routing under uncertainty, and risks involved in AGV-based transportation.