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Publication date: 1 March 2001

William Bourn

Describes the commercial and technical benefits of using a modular approach to system automation. Written by a supplier of modular automation systems.

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Describes the commercial and technical benefits of using a modular approach to system automation. Written by a supplier of modular automation systems.

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Assembly Automation, vol. 21 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-5154

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Publication date: 26 August 2020

Yi Yang and Wei Pan

This paper aims to examine the potentials of using automated guided vehicle (AGV) technology in modular integrated construction (MiC) to realise logistics automation in…

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Purpose

This paper aims to examine the potentials of using automated guided vehicle (AGV) technology in modular integrated construction (MiC) to realise logistics automation in module manufacturing and transport.

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This paper adopts a scenario approach through three phases (i.e. scenario preparation, development and transfer), with six steps performed iteratively. The scenarios were systematically developed using a six-aspect socio-technical framework. Data were collected through a comprehensive literature review, site visits and interviews with relevant stakeholders and professionals. Implications regarding strength, weakness, opportunities and challenges and future research directions are provided.

Findings

The developed scenarios of “smart manufacturing” and “last-mile delivery” demonstrated how AGVs could be used to enhance efficiency and productivity in module manufacturing and transport. The synergies between AGVs and emerging information technologies should pave a good foundation for realising logistics automation in MiC. Future research should address: how to define the tasks of AGVs, how will the use of AGVs impact MiC practices, how to design AGV-integrated module manufacturing/transport systems and how to integrate people factors into the use of AGVs in MiC.

Practical implications

This paper reveals the socio-technical benefits and challenges of using AGVs in MiC.

Originality/value

This study extends the understanding of using logistics automation in MiC as emerging research directions, with the intention of directing scholars’ and practitioners’ interest into future exploration. It is the first attempt in its kind. Its findings could be extended to constitute a comprehensive development roadmap and prospects of automation in modular construction.

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Construction Innovation , vol. 21 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1471-4175

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Publication date: 1 June 2001

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Assembly Automation, vol. 21 no. 2
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ISSN: 0144-5154

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Publication date: 1 September 2003

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Assembly Automation, vol. 23 no. 3
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Publication date: 1 August 2001

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Industrial Robot: An International Journal, vol. 28 no. 4
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ISSN: 0143-991X

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Assembly Automation, vol. 26 no. 1
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ISSN: 0144-5154

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Publication date: 1 December 2000

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Assembly Automation, vol. 20 no. 4
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Publication date: 1 December 2005

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Assembly Automation, vol. 25 no. 4
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Assembly Automation, vol. 26 no. 3
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Publication date: 1 March 2001

Jonathan Rigelsford

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Assembly Automation, vol. 21 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-5154

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