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International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems

Professor Subhas Chandra Mukhopadhyay

Exeley Inc. (New York)

Subject: Computational Science & Engineering, Engineering, Electrical & Electronic


eISSN: 1178-5608



VOLUME 7 , ISSUE 1 (March 2014) > List of articles


Xing Wu * / Peihuang Lou / Ke Shen / Guangqing Peng / Dunbing Tang

Keywords : Automated guided vehicle, magnetic guidance, optics positioning, parking control, cooperative transshipment.

Citation Information : International Journal on Smart Sensing and Intelligent Systems. Volume 7, Issue 1, Pages 48-71, DOI:

License : (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

Received Date : 30-September-2013 / Accepted: 10-February-2014 / Published Online: 27-December-2017



A parking position detection and control system is developed for precise transshipment of palletized materials between an automated guided vehicle (AGV) and a load transfer station. In order to align the roller conveyer of the AGV with that of the station, it is necessary for the AGV to detect the longitudinal, lateral and orientation deviations of its body with respect to the station. A pair of magnetic sensors is used to measure the lateral and orientation deviations of the AGV relative to a magnetic tape used as the guide-path. Fuzzy control is proposed to eliminate two deviations for path tracking that keeps the AGV on its path. A set of optics emitters and receivers is arranged on some specific points in the AGV and the station respectively to determine the longitudinal position for material transshipment, and to coordinate the transmission operation of two equipments. The experiment for the palletized materials transshipment shows that positioning control of our AGV parking system can achieve the accuracy, repeatability and reliability needed in industrial applications.

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