Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Smart Structures, School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics, Western Sydney University, Australia. His research interests cover Industry 4.0, Additive Manufacturing, Advanced Engineering Materials and Structures (Metals and Composites), Multi-scale Modelling of Materials and Structures, Metal Forming and Metal Surface Treatment.
Abstract—The paper presents an approach to the structuring and hierarchical ordering of IoT-based production facilities in the context of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) that helps to reduce the overall complexity of the system by dividing it into different subsystems with defined interfaces. The focus is on autonomous guided transport vehicles (AGVs) because they are a vital element in innovative production facilities. After detailing their structure, we will describe the exemplary application: the decentralized order-acceptance decision by AGVs that communicate with one another via IoT-based communication technologies such as WLAN and jointly decide which vehicle will accept a transportation order to achieve an optimum result in terms of energy consumption and transportation time for the entire production facility.
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