Welcome to ParkSmart Issue 36 from Robotic Parking Systems Inc. In this issue we cover:
ROBOTIC PARKING SYSTEM VERIFIED AS HIGHEST THROUGHPUT CAPACITY IN THE AUTOMATIC PARKING INDUSTRY
“The peak traffic throughput measurement is much more critical in the day to day operations of an automated garage than a single vehicle retrieval time.”
TRAFFIC FLOW AND LIVE TRAFFIC CONDITIONS
The Robotic Parking System controls the Entry / Exit Terminals according to live traffic conditions outside the garage.
INTEGRATION WITH EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN TRANSPORTATION
Based on our discussions with leading companies, one element has become very clear – emerging transportation technologies require that the garage of the future must be smart!
REFERENCE M. A. AL-KHARAFI & SONS
M. A. Al-Kharafi & Sons is the main contractor responsible for the Amiri Diwan (the Amir’s Office of the State of Kuwait) Al Jahra Court Complex project in Kuwait.
Little known facts about transportation and the parking industry.
Robotic Parking Systems Inc., a Pinellas Park, Florida based company, announced the successful throughput testing of its recently completed 2,350 capacity Al Jahra Court Automatic Parking System in Kuwait. TÜV Nord certified a peak traffic throughput capacity of 425 cars per hour. Throughput capacity is the total number of cars per hour that can be handled in a combination of inbound and outbound vehicle traffic. Additionally, the average retrieval time for a single vehicle was verified as 177 seconds.
“The peak traffic throughput measurement is much more critical in the day to day operations of an automated garage than a single vehicle retrieval time. No other manufacturer in the automatic parking industry has this level of performance verification by an independent third party. We met and exceeded the contractual performance requirements of 400 cars per hour throughput and single retrieval time of 220 seconds,” said Royce Monteverdi, CEO of Robotic Parking Systems Inc.
With this record, Robotic Parking Systems has positioned itself not only as the largest automatic parking facility in the world but also as the manufacturer with the highest peak traffic capacity worldwide. The Al Jahra Court facility surpasses the Emirates Financial Tower garage in Dubai (designed and manufactured by Robotic Parking Systems) that achieved the Guinness World Record as the largest automatic garage with 1,200 parking spaces in 2011.
Juergen Bauer, Chairman of Robotic Parking Systems Inc., emphasized “Robotic Parking Systems has demonstrated the viability of its patented lift-and-run system over and over again. Today, with more than 5,000 units built, the company is the strongest market participant in the Western Hemisphere and perfectly positioned for the North American market. With its latest adaptation to emerging technologies – CASE: Connectivity, Autonomous Driving, Sharing and Services and Electrification – Robotic Parking Systems is well aligned with Smart City applications.”
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.