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Decentralized, Self-optimized Order-acceptance Decision of Autonomous Guided Vehicles in an IoT-based Production Facility

Jie Zhang, Or Aviv Yarom, and Xiaobo Liu-Henke
Institute for Mechatronics, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences, Wolfenbüttel, Germany

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. 

Index Terms—IoT, I4.0, decentralized, AGV, WLAN, self-optimized

Cite: Jie Zhang, Or Aviv Yarom, and Xiaobo Liu-Henke, "Decentralized, Self-optimized Order-acceptance Decision of Autonomous Guided Vehicles in an IoT-based Production Facility," International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Robotics Research, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 1-6, January 2021. DOI: 10.18178/ijmerr.10.1.1-6