Hoboken Garden Street Garage Automated Parking
System opened in October 2002 (although
operating fully automated since May 2002).
The Hoboken Parking Authority spent $6.2
million on this facility. The Robotic Parking
System accommodates 312 cars; a conventional
ramp style garage accomodates 90 cars. The
automated parking system facilitates the
movement of cars throughout a 312-position,
seven storey residential parking garage.
The development is on a 10,000 SF lot, standing
56ft high (7.5ft from level to level). It
allocates parking spaces for the incoming
cars, retrieves parked cars as requested
and monitors the whole system for preventive
Parking System accommodates 312 cars;
a conventional ramp style garage accommodates
only 90 cars.
Using the same methodology, just in reverse,
the system retrieves the pallet and the vehicle.
Notably, the vehicle never leaves the pallet
to which it is initially assigned at any time.
AUTOMATED PARKING SYSTEM
Robotic Parking™ Automated Parking System
is an advancement on the original mechanical
models. The automated parking process offers
a patented Modular Automated Parking System
(MAPS). This system uses the latest electronic
and automation technology.
The system is extremely safe and convenient
for users. The risk of any vehicle damage is
minimal, and theft and the risk of personal
injury or robbery that occur in regular parking
lots is non-existent; drivers remain safely
outside the building at all times.
MOTION CONTROL SYSTEM AND ROBOTS
A GE Fanuc integrated motion control system
manages 35 independently operating robots. These
robots transport vehicles from an entrance bay
into an open parking space, utilising the automated
system to move pallets, lifts and carriers.
Notably, each axis of motion employs a pair
of servo systems sharing the load. Either motor
can independently supply adequate power to move
vehicles during required maintenance, due to
the servos being sized to accommodate this.
The GE Fanuc hardware is linked to CIMPLICITY
software, an open system framework that provides
a powerful, graphical environment to monitor
and control the automation system. Additionally,
CIMPLICITY collects and compiles data from the
parking system and provides a graphical interface
with real time displays. CIMPLICITY generates
maintenance and diagnostics reports to increase
troubleshooting, efficiency and to enable a
quick response to system problems.
BENEFITS OF AN AUTOMATED PARKING SYSTEM
Benefits of the automatic parking system include:
optimization of space utilization, security
(vehicle and personal), convenience (all ground
level access), lower garage owner's liability
insurance, greater depreciation schedule, lower
lighting and ventilation requirements (no cars
driving around inside; no people go inside),
and lower emissions and less pollution (clean
PARKING AND RETRIEVAL PROCESS
The Hoboken Garage is a monthly garage only
for local residents. Each patron has a card,
similar to an E-Z pass. As the patron drives
to the garage, the card (positioned in their
windshield) is detected by the sensor and signals
to the computer that a patron is approaching.
A green light at an available bay indicates
entrance for the patron. They proceed into the
open bay, position their car, get out and push
a button to initiate the parking process.
The central computer system guides a carrier
on steel rails along an open aisle-way to a
position adjacent to the arrival station and
the pallet. An additional rack entry module
moves above the upper surface of the carrier
and is inserted beneath the pallet; the pallet
and the vehicle are then transferred to the
carrier. Under the direction of the computer,
the carrier (with the pallet and the vehicle
inside) is moved from the arrival station to
a multilevel lifting device; the pallet and
the vehicle are then transferred to the lift.
When the lift reaches the designated parking
level, the pallet and the vehicle are transferred
to another carrier. This carrier transports
the pallet and the vehicle to the designated
parking slot. Lastly, the pallet and the vehicle
are transferred into the parking slot by the
rack entry module. This system design enables
multiple independent motions simultaneously
thus dramatically increasing reliability and
speed of transactions.
When retrieving their car, the patron goes
to the lobby and enters a pin number into a
keypad. Their car is automatically located and
retrieved - in a orward drive position - to
an available bay. The patron's name is displayed
on a marquee indicating which bay their car
will be brought to. The vehicle is retrieved
and is placed in the bay in one and half to
two minutes. Once the car arrives, the patron
can simply drive away.
Robotic Parking was contracted to provide a
modular, fully automated parking system. GE
Fanuc provided an integrated motion control
system that manages 35 independently operating
robots. CIMPLICITY software is linked to the
GE Fanuc hardware.