Automated Guided Vehicle System = AGVS
A materials handling system lhat utilizes com¬puter-controlled, battery-powered, driverless vehicles that move along guided paths. These systems are utilized in manufacturing plants and warehouses, may be automati¬cally or manually loaded and unloaded and are designed for applications with load capacities ranging from 20 to 120,000 kilograms (10-55,000 pounds). For example, a manufacturing plant might utilize an AGVS with an auto¬mated storage and retrieval system (ASRS) to automati¬cally retrieve component parts from a warehouse just as they are needed for assembly on the shop floor - auto¬mated storage and retrieval system (ASRS),
Automated Information Exchange = AIES
- U.S. Customs)
AIES, a part of Customs’ Automated Commercial System, allows for exchange of classification and value information between field units and headquar¬ters - Automated Commercial System.
Automated Manifest Systems = AMS
- U.S. Customs
AMS, a part of Customs’ Automated Com¬mercial System (ACS), controls imported merchandise from the time a carrier’s cargo manifest is electronically transmit¬ted to Customs until control is relinquished to another seg¬ment of the ACS - Automated Commercial System.
Automated Storage and Retrieval System = ASRS = AS-RS
A computer-controlled robotic storage, retrieval and shipment system used in manufacturing plants and warehouses for materials, component parts and finished products. These systems utilize specially designed auto¬mated guided vehicles, computer-controlled guideways and storage bin and rack systems. Advanced systems are capable of delivering materials and component parts to the shop floor, loading robotic manufacturing equipment, tak¬ing finished or partially finished goods to storage and de¬livering goods to a loading dock.
Automated Targeting System
- United States
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection program designed to assist Customs officers in identifying imports which pose a high risk of containing narcotics, terrorist weapons, and other contraband. The system stan¬dardizes bill-of-lading, entry, and entry summary data re¬ceived from the Automated Commercial System (ACS) and creates integrated records called “shipments”. These shipments are evaluated and scored through the use of over 300 weighted rules derived from targeting methods used by experienced Customs personnel. The higher the score, the more the shipment warrants attention.
Automotive Parts Advisory Committee = APAC
A working committee established by an amendment to the Trade Act to set up an advisory committee to the U.S. De¬partment of Commerce for dealing with U.S.-Japan trade is¬sues involving the auto parts industry. Contact: Office of Aerospace and Automotive Industries; Automotive Indus¬tries Team; Room 4036; U.S. Department of Commerce; Washington, DC 20230-0001; Tel:  (202) 482-0554
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