MHE-Demag First Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Car Parking System in Australia

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The AGV car parking system addresses concerns of time, space, efficiency and safety, both for vehicles and users. The technology has been in the market for more than 25 years and is widely used overseas and is now applied to car parking. AGV is a proven and safe technology. Each AGV robot is guided by the latest laser sensor to prevent accidents. Operation of the system will come to a controlled stop if there is any component malfunction or if any items are not working in sequence. In case of a malfunction of an AGV robot, another redundant unit can take over the operation, which means visitors can always retrieve their vehicles. Looking at other mechanical systems a machine malfunction leaves the visitor incapable of using the car park.

MHE-Demag First Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Car Parking System in Australia
MHE-Demag First Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) Car Parking System in Australia

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The AGV car parking system addresses concerns of time, space, efficiency and safety, both for vehicles and users. The technology has been in the market for more than 25 years and is widely used overseas and is now applied to car parking. AGV is a proven and safe technology. Each AGV robot is guided by the latest laser sensor to prevent accidents. Operation of the system will come to a controlled stop if there is any component malfunction or if any items are not working in sequence. In case of a malfunction of an AGV robot, another redundant unit can take over the operation, which means visitors can always retrieve their vehicles. Looking at other mechanical systems a machine malfunction leaves the visitor incapable of using the car park.

A supporting steel structure is often required for mechanical parking systems. For AGV no additional isnot required and this omission leads to substantial cost saving. The installation to is up to 70% faster compared to conventional mechanical parking systems. Besides, depending on the configuration, the price per parking lot can be up to 50% lower for AGV parking systems compared to conventional mechanical parking systems which reduces initial investment cost for developers and owners substantially. Due to the greatly reduced number of moving elements, the running and maintenance costs are also substantially lower.

In one elegant solution, the AGV helps to maximise space utilisation by increasing the number of parking lots within a small piece of land. It provides a smart solution for developers looking to solve parking space shortage and is especially crucial for highly developed cities where lesser land space (at higher cost) is available. Another beauty of this technology is that the system is very compact. It helps developers to save on construction costs by saving on ramps, floor height and services which are required for conventional car parks.

The AGV is small. Therefore, it is able to shuttle in various direction and narrow driveways. It provides flexibility in car park layout and allows for more efficient use of available space. The AGV works on all types of cars (Sedan, SUV, and MPV) weighing up to 2600 kg and sizes up to 5.25m (L) x 2.15m (W) x 2.0m (H). This is a standard dimension of AGV parking solution.

The same concept applies to commercial buildings such as shopping malls, office towers, etc. The entire AGV system is controlled and managed by a computer network, which allows a high degree of flexibility. It is capable of switching operation modes to adapt to different requirements in the day, for example, to cater to peak or morning rush hours as well as less busy hours in the afternoon. In addition, the AGV parking solution that will be installed has the ability to park cars in longitude (parallel) & traverse (reverse) directions simultaneously (dual direction parking), which is impossible with other systems.

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