Lookup NU author(s): Valentinos Kongezos,
Dr Charles Allen
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The wireless communications and the industrial networks are two powerful technologies for the rapidly growing manufacturing industry. The combination of the above is the key to productivity with the lowest possible cost. The technology of wireless A.G.V.'s is mature enough to be widely utilized to industrial automation. In addition, the development of industrial network C.A.N. is able to offer a robust and low cost solution to machinery networking. Fast A.G.V.'s, with obstacle avoidance capability, can maneuver themselves among distant manufacturing lines carrying components to each of them. The expensive long and slow conveyor belts are not necessary anymore. Further more, the wireless integration of A.G.V.'s to the global industrial network makes them programmable from any terminal controller at any time. This feature gives a great flexibility to the whole automation to manufacture different products, in the future, without the necessity of new machinery reallocation and, therefore, lower cost.
Author(s): Kongezos VK; Allen CR
Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Publication status: Published
Conference Name: IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Year of Conference: 2002