Guideway switching mechanism
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According to one embodiment, a guideway switching mechanism includes an elongated section of flexible guideway coupled to a switch plate. The flexible guideway has a first end that may be coupled to a first elongated guideway and a second end that may be selectively coupled to one of a multiple quantity of alternative guideways. The switch plate provides selective coupling of the flexible guideway to multiple alternative guideways by movement through an arcuate path such that the automated transport vehicle may selectively move from the first elongated guideway to either of the alternative guideways.
Roop, Stephen S.; Roop, Stephen S. (2012). Guideway switching mechanism. United States. Patent and Trademark Office; Texas A&M University. Libraries. Available electronically from