Ohio (October 30, 1997): Robotic Parking Systems
today announced that the United States Patent
and Trademark Office has awarded the company
a patent on its new Modular Automated Parking
The patent provides Robotic Parking with ownership
rights to a new automated parking technology
that simultaneously parks and retrieves multiple
vehicles on one or more contiguous garage floors.
It covers the methods in which cars are moved
using lifts, pallets and sensing devices.
"With our new system, fast, reliable and
safe automated parking has now become a reality,"
says Gerhard Haag, the companys president
and chief executive officer.
MAPS increases parking space availability by
doubling the number of parking spaces of typical
ramp style parking garages. It also prevents
cars from being damaged while parked, and eliminates
the risk of personal injury and theft. The system
works by driving a car onto a pallet in a bay
that is similar in appearance and size to a
single car residential garage. After the driver
leaves the vehicle, the car is automatically
moved by pallet through the garage to an open
parking space. Using a designated ticketing
machine, the driver can signal the system at
any time to return the vehicle back to the bay,
where it arrives in a forward drive position.
"Recovery time for a vehicle is as fast
as one minute," says Haag, who adds that
the modular aspect of the system allows Robotic
Parking to customize the number and location
of entrance and exit bays for maximum accessibility
The new system combines flexible transfer,
an advanced assembly line transport technology
used in the automobile industry, with a fuzzy
logic application that helps optimize the movement
of the carriers and lifts. A Windows NT computer,
which is installed on-site and can be accessed
from any remote location, monitors the entire
system. Using a Man Machine Interface (MMI),
it shows real time vehicle movements on-screen
for rapid fault detection and diagnostics.
MAPS can be built up to twenty stories high,
above ground, underground or both, and within
any facade or architectural design. It can also
be modified and added to after installation,
or even relocated.
Early generation mechanical parking structures
using stacker crane systems, hydraulics and
pneumatics, were first introduced in Europe
and Asia in the late 1950s as a solution
for areas with large parking requirements but
limited space. Internationally renowned Krupp
Manufacturing in Germany, became the world leader
in mechanical parking structure design and development.
According to Haag, who holds an advanced degree
in engineering, and is the former owner and
president of Krupp Manufacturings steel
division in Stuttgart, the basic mechanical
parking system design principles were sound,
but lacked the technology to make them price
competitive and fast. "Our goal was to
develop a fast, flexible system that eliminated
the need for hydraulics and pneumatics,"
says Haag, who spent several years refining
the mechanical parking concept with state-of-the-art
electronics and robotics.
Robotic Parking was established in 1994 to
provide a cost-effective solution for overcrowded
parking facilities with a need for convenient,
For a free brochure on Robotic Parkings
new Modular Automated Parking System, contact
Robotic Parking at
Address: 280 Walnut St., Leetonia, OH 44431;