Conference Paper

Using autonomous modular material handling equipment for manufacturing flexibility

Dept. of Product & Production Dev., Chalmers Univ. of Technol., Gothenburg, Sweden;
DOI: 10.1109/WSC.2004.1371437 Conference: Simulation Conference, 2004. Proceedings of the 2004 Winter, Volume: 2
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