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1st of its kind – Automatic Guided Vehicle Parking Solution

Automatic Guided Vehicle Parking Solution 

The very first of its kind, an Automatic Guided Vehicle based parking solution is introduced in Singapore.

MHE-Demag Singapore is honoured to be entrusted to supply and install this innovative automatic parking system in a commercial building redevelopment, Robinson Towers located in Robinson Road. The entire parking solution will provide 90 parking lots for all types of car with weight up to 2600 kg and size up to 5.3 (L) x 2.3m (W) x 2.0m (H), distributed evenly in the basement. The amazing parking system is controlled and managed by a computer system, which allows high degree of flexibility. It is capable of switching operation modes to adapt to different requirements in the day, be it the peak hours during morning rush or the less busy hours in the afternoon.

The Key Innovative Feature - AGV 

The key component of this innovative automatic parking solution is an Automatic Guided Vehicle (AGV), which is tasked to carry, manoeuvre and park vehicles in randomly-determined parking lots. AGV is a mobile robot that follows markers or wires in the floor, and employs the usage of vision, magnets, or lasers for navigation purposes. This automatic parking solution will replace the conventional car ramp with car lift for multi-storey parking and the parking of cars at each storey will be handled by respective AGV designated.

The most attractive feature of this solution is the absence of the need of steel supporting structure and steel parking pallets; the cars are either placed on AGV platforms during transportation or rested on supported comb elements mounted on parking floor slab. Basically, there is no additional building provision required for the system; this innovative parking system can be adapted into a conventional parking provision in any building development easily.

The Benefits 

This solution also inherently provides two distinctive benefits. Firstly, a supporting steel structure is not required and thus this eliminates the need for 4-hours fire proofing treatment on steel structure, which results in huge costs saving. Secondly, the system offers relatively faster parking and retrieval time compared to other automatic parking systems, which translates into lesser jam and delay in parking or retrieval of cars.

The whole parking installation is scheduled to complete by end 2018. By then, the car owners would only need to drive their cars into the receiving compartment and the automatic guided vehicle will take over and transport it to a randomly assigned vacant parking lot. Thus, drivers will no longer have to drive around the parking floors to look for vacant parking lots. This will certainly lead to fuel saving, lesser exhaust emission, resulting in lesser air pollution to the surrounding. In addition, the safety of drivers and passengers will be ensured too, as they will no longer have to walk in parking floors and face the risk of being hit by careless drivers.