US Congressman David Jolly recently toured Robotic Parking Systems‘ manufacturing facility in Clearwater, FL where he received a demonstration of the company’s innovative automated parking technology.
Congressman Jolly represents Florida’s 13th Congressional District which covers Pinellas County where the company is located. As a member of the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, he understands transportation issues and how more efficient and space-saving parking can assist urban development projects.
The St. Petersburg – Clearwater area in Pinellas County, Florida is a beautiful place to live and work. Its beaches, lakes, parks and trails make it ideal for outdoor activities.
One unique place is the Pinellas Trail which is a linear park and recreation trail extending 38.2 miles from St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, Florida. This multi-use trail is used by thousands every day for walking, jogging, skating and biking in a protected green space. Robotic Parking Systems volunteered to adopt a one mile stretch of the Pinellas Trail that our staff help to keep clean of trash and other debris. It’s very evident by the number of “thank you’s” that we receive that everyone who uses the trail appreciates the effort.
One of the earliest uses of a mechanical parking system, which consisted of a groundbreaking multi-story concrete structure with an internal elevator to transport cars to upper levels where attendants parked the cars, was in 1905 at the Garage Rue de Ponthieu, Paris, France. (Source: Wikipedia)
Robotic Parking Systems‘ robust, durable and safety-compliant industrial lifts transport cars from one level to another in our automated parking garage. We call these industrial lifts (composed of a deck, a drive and counterweights) Vertical Lift Conveyors (VLC) .
“These industrial lifts are a purely electromechanical design with long lasting chain drive and variable frequency drives that allow speed adjustments,” stated Royce Monteverdi, CEO. “They are also equipped with safety locks and other electronics that allow safe operation in a fully automated parking application,” he added.
Once the frames for VLC components are fabricated, they are primed and painted with high-quality, long-lasting industrial paints.
In early April 2014 we began issuing the purchase orders for the tens of thousands of components and materials required to build the machinery for the 2350 space robotic parking garage. Many of the parts have normal lead times of 4 to 6+ months. Fortunately, we have some great vendors who were able to expedite our orders to help us meet some very tight delivery deadlines.
While waiting for the mechanical and electrical parts to begin arriving, steel was ordered; and the fabrication teams began building the frames for the Robotic Parking System Vertical Lift Conveyor (VLC) machines and counterweights.
VLC machines are used to lift and lower cars from one level of the parking facility to another, similar to an elevator.
In just nine (9) months, Robotic Parking Systems manufactured, tested and shipped a record setting 210 machines for a new 2350 space automated parking facility.
This is the first of a multi-part series that will take you through the entire process of fabricating, assembling, testing, shipping and installing the machinery, automation components and electronics for this robotic parking garage.
Beginning in April 2014 with a bill of material consisting of about 2500 individual items, tens of thousands of parts and materials were ordered and began flooding into our manufacturing plant. Our vendors worked closely with us and were vital to our meeting an incredibly tight production schedule despite normally long lead times.
Royce Monteverdi, CEO, stated, “Precision milling is critical in the fabrication of Robotic Parking Systems’ machinery. The fabrication teams must hold to very tight tolerances that are required for the assembly of the machines.”
Shipments began in September 2014 and by early January 2015 about 1300 tons of machinery, electronics and materials were shipped out in 98 ocean freight containers.
The installation crew began arriving on site in November 2014 to oversee the off loading of the machinery and electronics. Installation is in progress, and we’ll announce details about the project as we near the completion and opening of the facility.