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An Effective Mathematical Programming Model for Production Automatic Robot Path Planning



Hamed Fazlollahtabar*
Department of Industrial Engineering, School of Engineering, Damghan University, Damghan, Iran


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© 2019 Hamed Fazlollahtabar.

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* Address correspondence to this author at the Department of Industrial Engineering, School of Engineering, Damghan University, Damghan, Iran; Tel: +989111137298; E-mail: hfazl@du.ac.ir.


Abstract

Objective:

Path planning for production robots has been investigated. The sequence of the orders to be processed in a certain planning horizon has been planned for the production system.

Methods:

Production automatic robots are employed to carry parts and products among all production stations and machining centers. The combination of machines in stations and autonomous robot evolves a production network.

Results:

The problem is to assign orders to robots so that paths are obtained to minimize total waiting times of production system and meanwhile provide collision-free paths.

Conclusion:

The proposed mathematical formulation is implemented to show the efficiency and effectiveness.

Keywords: Autonomous robots, Mathematical programming, Path planning, AGVs, AMS, Mathematical formulation.