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Automated Guided Vehicle Bumper Test Method Development



Richard J. Norcross, Roger V. Bostelman, Joseph A. Falco


The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is developing test methods for contact bumpers used on Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) as basis for safety standards. This paper describes proposed test methods, force measurements for contact bumpers, and the associated impact force theory. The results of this study are provided as reference to the AGV industry as a possible resolution for currently non-existent AGV contact bumper test methods safety standards.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8029
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test method, automated guided vehicle, ANSI/ITSDF B56.5 safety standard, bumper force measurement, impact, clamp


Norcross, R. , Bostelman, R. and Falco, J. (2015), Automated Guided Vehicle Bumper Test Method Development, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 22, 2024)


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Created June 2, 2015, Updated November 10, 2018