Chapter 18

Automation Agents for Controlling the Physical Components of a Transportation System

Wilfried Lepuschitz1,3; Benjamin Groessing1; Munir Merdan2,3    1 Vienna University of Technology, Vienna, Austria2 Austrian Institute of Technology, Vienna, Austria3 Practical Robotics Institute Austria, Vienna, Austria

Abstract

Transportation systems are regarded as the backbone of manufacturing systems and have a significant influence on the facility’s efficiency and throughput. In the case of conveyor systems, traffic jams can occur due to component failures, which may lead to degradations of the system performance or even a total halt of the production process. This can be avoided by an increase of flexibility and reconfigurability of the ...

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