Building a 2350 Space Robotic Parking Garage – Part 3

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.

Robotic Parking Systems' VLC Counterweights
Robotic Parking Systems’ VLC Counterweights are painted.

 

Robotic Parking Systems' VLC Drive
Painting the Robotic Parking Systems’ VLC Drive frame.

 

VLC Deck Ready for Assembly
After painting, the VLC Decks are ready for assembly to begin.

 

Robotic Parking Systems' VLC Deck
Robotic Parking Systems’ VLC Deck machines painted and stacked in preparation for mechanical assembly.

 

 

 

 

Building a 2350 Space Robotic Parking Garage – Part 2

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.

Steel for Robotic Parking System machines.
Steel begins arriving to fabricate Robotic Parking System machines.

 

Welding on a Robotic Parking System Machine
Welding the frame for the Robotic Parking Systems’ Vertical Lift Conveyor (VLC) machine.

 

Pre-fabrication of VLC machines.
Pre-fabrication of Vertical Lift Conveyor machines.

 

VLC Frames Fabricated
Frames are fabricated for the Robotic Parking Systems’ Vertical Lift Conveyor (VLC) machines.

 

VLC Counterweight Fabricated
Counterweights for the Vertical Lift Conveyor machines are fabricated.

 

Building a 2350 Space Robotic Parking Garage – Part 1

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.

Robotic Parking Systems precision milling

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.

When is Robotic Parking not Robotic Parking?

In the 1990s automated parking was still largely just a discussion about possibilities. While there were some old “mechanical garages” in New York and New Jersey, to most people in the parking industry, a robotic garage was one where the entry and exit gates went up and down automatically. The concept of a software system running a garage was still futuristic.

Robotic Parking Systems High Peak Traffic

This was the environment in 1994, when Royce Monteverdi coined the term “robotic parking” and established Robotic Parking Systems, Inc. Monteverdi developed the “Lift and Run” system, a software controlled system that ran three separate sets of machines, for the x, y and z axes, to take a car from an entry bay to an upper level, park it, and bring it back to the gate or terminal on demand.

The Lift and Run system, integrating mechanical capability with software control, was a monumental breakthrough in the parking industry. As the New York Times mentioned in 2000, Robotic Parking Systems’ working garage in Hoboken, NJ was the country’s first fully automatic garage.

In the following decade, the term “robotic parking” was picked up and used by others entering the field. Today it has become a generic term for the type of software controlled automatic parking system pioneered by Monteverdi.

And of course, as with any new technology, those entering the field have attempted to bring other technologies into the field, or innovate on the original concepts, with varying degrees of success.

News occasionally comes across our plates about a “robotic parking” garage having difficulty retrieving cars promptly, even some with much smaller capacities than the garages built by Robotic Parking Systems. The use of the term robotic parking should not be interpreted to mean that these garages are using the Robotic Parking Systems technology, which includes the patented Lift and Run system and Robotic Parking Systems proprietary software.

To date we have not seen an alternative system that has been able to match or exceed Robotic Parking Systems’ peak traffic rates of delivery.

The Robotic Parking Systems garage in Dubai, for example, was tested in 2009 and delivered 252 cars per hour; more than four cars per minute, at peak traffic times. The garage the company is currently building will deliver more than 500 cars per hour at peak traffic.

This is not the first time that an original name has been picked up and used across an industry. Escalators were once the proprietary invention of the Otis Elevator Company. We all know how Xerox and Kleenex became generic terms.

Whatever confusion is created by seeing “robotic parking” in a headline of a story that has nothing to do with Robotic Parking Systems, Inc., we are proud that, like Xerox and Kleenex, Robotic Parking Systems continues to provide the benchmarks and performance standards we came out of the (robotic) starting gate with in 1994.

Robotic Parking Systems’ Proven Software Offers a User-Friendly Graphical User Interface

Robotic Parking Systems Garage Manager

Robotic Parking Systems use the powerful and proven General Electric (GE) automation platform. Motors, electronics, controls and software platform are all manufactured by GE.

The software for our products is based on GE Cimplicity® which has been used worldwide for more than 15 years. Cimplicity runs assembly lines such as Saturn, GM and Ford and handles movement of thousands of containers at seaports 24/7. And, our primary software engineer has over 20 years experience with Cimplicity. He worked directly for GE as Program Manager for automotive programs on GM, Ford, Daimler, Chrysler and Honda.

The Robotic Parking Systems’ software offers an intuitive, user-friendly graphical user interface with real time display of entire automated car park. The user interface and extensive diagnostic tools and alerts make it easy for operators and technicians to keep things running smoothly.

 

 

 

 

 

Some US Airports Are Searching Cars Parked by Valets Without Your Presence or Consent

If you’re not aware of this parking issue in the US, you should be …

The Fourth Amendment of the US Constitution states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

This right is apparently being violated by a number of airports in their Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved security plans.

According to a recent AP article, workers at Charlotte Douglas International Airport commonly search cars travelers leave with valet parking. The airport’s aviation director (Jack Christine) says any vehicle dropped off at the airport’s curbside is subject to being searched, and workers have been doing that for the past year-and-a-half.

Christine says if the no-notice searches find anything suspicious, law officers are called to take a look.

An article in Mother Jones‘ reported that a New York woman who valeted her car at Greater Rochester International Airport returned to find a notice on her car informing her that it had been searched without her consent.

The article goes on to say that not only does TSA approve searches of the trunks and interior of unattended cars in an undefined perimeter that’s considered
dangerously close to the airport—like a car left with valet parking—but if a valet attendant finds illegal drugs instead of bombs, they will call the police.

Similar searches without owner consent also appear to have been occuring at San Diego International Airport for the past two years.

Mother Jones reported that not all airports handle valet car searches the same way. Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Nashville International and Logan Airport in Boston search the car while the driver is present. If the driver objects then they are directed to another parking location.

The justification for the violation from some legal experts seems to be that you’ve voluntarily turned the property over to someone else (the valet) or some obscure notices have been posted at the airport stating that cars are subject to search; however, other legal experts strongly argue against this interpretation.

I don’t know about you, but when I valet park I have a reasonable expectation that things stored in my dash, my trunk, etc. are off limits to a valet or anyone else unless they have my express permission to search or have a duly executed warrant.

Parking Attendant Plunges Down Elevator Shaft – This Can’t Happen with a Robotic Parking System

NBC New York reports that a Manhattan parking garage attendant plunged several floors down an elevator shaft in the Audi he was driving.

Car and driver plunges down an elevator shaft.

The attendant working at the Central Parking Garage fell from the fifth floor and landed between the first and second floor. He was able to climb out of the car before FDNY arrived on scene and was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

This sort of personal injury cannot happen with a Robotic Parking System. Electo-mechanical machinery moves the cars into and out of ground floor entry / exit terminals without human intervention. This is an added level of safety for both the public and parking attendants.

source: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/Parking-Garage-Worker-Falls-Elevator-Shaft-Manhattan-222574111.html

Hilarious Videos of Parking in Russia

Check out these hilarious YouTube videos of parking in Russia. What do you suppose is the purpose of the lines?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4OFwZDGidM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h7x5YPnxiCQ

Our Promise to You
Robotic Parking Systems promises that the multiple sensors in our Entry / Exit stations will ensure that people park straight and that no one is going to bash into the side of your car with their out of control parking maneuvers.

Robotic Parking Systems Sensors in Entry / Exit Stations

Parking Day 2013

It’s that time again. Friday, September 20, is PARK(ing) Day.

PARK(ing)Day is a worldwide event where community members turn metered parking spots into temporary public oases. Local organizers collaborate to design and create an open space that matches the needs of their community. Makeovers range from urban farms and art installations, to parks and bike repair shops.

Parking Day
source: Rebar

PARK(ing) Day is the creation of San Francisco based art and design studio Rebar, who in 2005 converted a single metered parking spot into a park. The initiative represents a growing desire to transform urban spaces into public areas that benefit the community.