What happens when you apply twenty first century technology to parking?Take a look at the Robotic Parking Systems’ newsletter, ParkSmart Issue 35, which is available online.
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.
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.
Robotic Parking Systems’ ParkSmart Newsletter – Issue 32 is now available on line. In this issue we cover:
- MACHINES FOR 2350 SPACE ROBOTIC GARAGE SHIP – Robotic Parking Systems Inc manufactured and shipped 210 automated parking machines for a 2350 space parking facility.
- PALLET VS NON-PALLET SYSTEMS – Pallets are a major factor in the reduction of product liability since they prevent drippings and ensure no machinery touches the car.
- PREMIUM VALET SERVICE – Robotic Parking Systems offer the convenience of premium valet service without the valet.
- REDUCE TOXINS AND POLLUTANTS – Did you know that tire and brake dust pollutants are more toxic than all the exhaust related emissions combined?
- ON THE WEB – Access to product and technical information, photos, videos, brochures and more.
- PARKING FACTS – Little known facts about transportation and the parking industry.
NBC New York reports that a Manhattan parking garage attendant plunged several floors down an elevator shaft in the Audi he was driving.
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.
Airports around the country are reporting increased revenues from the convenience of valet parking services. For example, valet parking revenue at the Cleveland airport is growing on average about 37 percent a year according to Associated Press.
Valet parking is a labor intensive activity, and if the actual parking location is distant from the drop-off location, the time it takes to park each car adds up quickly. With careful planning, Robotic Parking Systems built close to terminals or drop off locations could significantly increase revenues and lower costs.
Robotic Parking Systems use half the space of a conventional ramp-style garage so these type of garages could more easily be located near terminals.
Users of an automated facility just pull into a ground level entry / exit bay and drop off their cars for the robotic machinery to park. They get the convenience of premium valet parking with no tips required. Airports can charge more for this type of parking and increase revenue without costs associated with the numerous staff required to move the cars.
Even if some staff continue to transport cars from the airport terminal door to the robotic garage, having the compact Robotic Parking System close by the drop off location decreases the time it takes to park each vehicle. Less staff could handle the same number of cars resulting in reduced costs.
I would much rather drop off and pick up my own car at a ground level enty / exit bay close to the airport terminal. I get the benefit of valet service, but don’t have to worry about anyone else driving my car. And, I don’t have to drag my luggage around rows of parked cars. It’s safer and more convenient.