Title: Research on design of unattended intelligent pharmacy system

Authors: Haifei Si; Xingliu Hu; Yizhi Wang; Zhen Shi; Xiang Luo; Mingming Huang

Addresses: College of Intelligent Science and Control Engineering, Jinling Institute of Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China; College of Intelligent Systems Science and Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China ' College of Intelligent Science and Control Engineering, Jinling Institute of Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China ' College of Intelligent Science and Control Engineering, Jinling Institute of Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China ' College of Intelligent Systems Science and Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China ' College of Intelligent Science and Control Engineering, Jinling Institute of Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China ' College of Intelligent Science and Control Engineering, Jinling Institute of Technology, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China

Abstract: An unattended intelligent pharmacy system which can automatically and efficiently send all kinds of boxed medicines is researched and developed in this paper. The storage and distribution of boxed medicines of the pharmacy system are realised through a newly designed automatic medicines rack. On this basis, a new matrix medicine storage tank control mechanism is developed. The distribution of medicines in a pharmacy is realised by AGV car with optimised path strategy, and the software of medicines taking report/call point inspection is compiled. The experimental results show that the unattended intelligent pharmacy system can achieve rapid medicines dispensing and significantly shorten the waiting time of patients. The patients' average waiting time of the unattended intelligent pharmacy system is shortened by 66.51% compared with that of manual dispensing. At the same time, its high-density storage and AGV delivery also significantly reduce the operation and maintenance costs and pharmacy area.

Keywords: intelligent pharmacy; check system; automated guided vehicle; automated medicine rack; optimisation algorithm.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCAT.2020.111612

International Journal of Computer Applications in Technology, 2020 Vol.64 No.2, pp.197 - 207

Received: 21 Sep 2020
Accepted: 23 Oct 2020

Published online: 30 Nov 2020 *

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