Simulation Based AGVs Routing Analysis for Internal Logistics in Automotive Manufacturing

Busaba Phruksaphanrat, Chanyanuch Sinsomsak and Praphatsorn Khaoyangyuen (Thammasat University, Thailand)

Effective transportation of goods and raw materials can increase factory efficiency and productivity. In this research, a computer simulation was used to analyze routing plans for a pickup truck factory, which currently uses Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) to transport materials and components. The efficiency of the current system is low and an increase of 16.97% in productivity has been planned. So, there is a need to adjust the internal logistics to be more suitable. Therefore, two new designs of AGVs routing based on zone control were proposed: a two-loop path and a tandem three-loop path. The two-loop path is the best design, using the minimum number of AGVs for both the current and the future production levels. Five AGVs are sufficient for the current level and six AGVs are adequate for the future production level. The design is more effective and economical than the existing AGVs routing plan.

Journal: International Journal of Simulation- Systems, Science and Technology- IJSSST V21

Published: Dec 30, 2020

DOI: 10.5013/IJSSST.a.21.04.05