Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Hotel Administration

First Committee Member

Frank Borsenik

Number of Pages



This thesis analyzes the relative merits of "Automatic Guided Vehicles" (AGVs) and "Self Guided Vehicles" (SGVs) in the area of hospital foodservice; Data is derived from the bids of Apogee Robotics for their Orbiter{dollar}\sp{\rm TM}{dollar} system (AGV) and Transitions Research Corp for the HelpMate{dollar}\sp{\rm TM}{dollar} self guided robot, to Humana Hospital Sunrise. The major difference between the two systems is that the AGV can carry a full Dietary cart with thirty trays but is limited to a pre-laid track system. Conversely HelpMate has a map of the facility programmed in its memory and can roam anywhere, but is only able to carry four trays; Final system recommendations are based on these bids and other data and a conclusion is made to lease/purchase the Helpmate self guided vehicle. A social history of the confrontation between men and machines is included.


Analysis; Automatic; Food service; Guided; Hospital; Vehicle

Controlled Subject

Management; Health services administration

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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