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dc.contributor.advisorKatz, Z.
dc.creatorAsbury, James.
dc.date.accessioned2013-06-06T07:08:14Z
dc.date.available2013-06-06T07:08:14Z
dc.date.created1992
dc.date.issued1992
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10413/9094
dc.descriptionThesis (Ph.D.)-University of Natal, Durban, 1992.en
dc.description.abstractA free-ranging automated guided vehicle incorporating navigation and radio communication for use in a fully automated flexible manufacturing system has been developed. A vehicle, operating as a complete subsystem, was built and tested in an integrated control environment and proved to have promising results. various radio communication techniques are examined and the design and testing of a low cost, wireless, two way communication link is detailed. A novel, flexible infrared navigation technique was developed and incorporated into the AGV subsystem. Path planning and a flexible real time path modification system was formulated using an innovative program with an interpolative visual display unit and digitiser. Data transfer to and from the vehicles in a real time integrated system is covered. System integration for an free-ranging automatic guided vehicle is discussed covering aspects of communication, mapping and navigation. Specific needs for a free-ranging automatic guided vehicle, are presented. The unique design features of navigation and mapping outlined in this thesis has resulted in a low cost, free-ranging, autonomous automatic guided vehicle.en
dc.language.isoen_ZAen
dc.subjectAutomated guided vehicle systems--Design and construction.en
dc.subjectTheses--Mechanical engineering.en
dc.titleCommunication, mapping and navigational aspects for a free-ranging, automated guided vehicle.en
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