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Concept of cellular transport systems in facility logistics

: Kamagaew, A.; Stenzel, J.; Nettsträter, A.; Ten Hompel, M.

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers -IEEE-:
ICARA 2011, 5th IEEE International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications : James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor, 6 - 8 December 2011, Wellington, New Zealand
New York, NY: IEEE, 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4577-0328-7
ISBN: 978-1-4577-0329-4
ISBN: 1-4577-0329-7
International Conference on Automation, Robotics and Applications (ICARA) <5, 2011, Wellington>
Conference Paper, Electronic Publication
Fraunhofer IML ()
cellular transport system; zellulares Transportsystem; automated guided vehicle; Internet der Dinge; Internet of Things; swarm intelligence; FTF Schwarm; Schwarmintelligenz; multi-agent system; facility logistic

The proposed concept of a Cellular Transport System shows the possibilities to increase the flexibility and changeability of facility logistics systems and enhances the ease of use of complex decentralized control systems. This contribution shows how to enhance these issues compared to conventional facility logistics systems, e.g. static conveyors, by using an autonomous vehicle swarm. Cellular Transport Systems are based on dedicated (cellular) material handling entities. Generally, these cells consist of autonomous transport vehicles (ATVs) or autonomous conveying modules. Various functions such as advanced sensor/actuator interoperation, highly reliable communication, localization and energy management are implemented in each of this cells, facilitating different forms of adaptive, anticipatory and collective behavior. Furthermore, Swarm Intelligence enables the creation of a collective that interacts and cooperates amongst each other in order to solve complex tasks.