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Historical Archive of Automated Parking Systems

The Founder Roman Musiala is the president of Romax Parking Solutions Ltd in Toronto, Ontario. Since 2002, Roman has been a sales representative, installer, and maintenance provider for automated parking systems in Canada. Previously, Roman was a contractor, specializing in the residential sector. His comprehensive, in-depth, and practiced background in construction and architectural fields have given him the advantage to develop an ability to quickly analyze from various angles and to solve mechanical and structural problems associated with automated parking systems. Roman’s full-scope knowledge has allowed him to invent practical and unique solutions and strategies suited uniquely to each individual client’s needs and/or desires. With his extensive experience, knowledge, and attitude in respect to the industry, Romax Parking Solutions Ltd is able to follow through with their motto “All things are possible.” Given that if one solution does not work, Roman persists on finding a solution that will appeal to his client’s requirements and conditions. Introduction Automated parking systems have been in existence for quite some time. It is now, however, in the last decade that the automated parking system has truly found mass demand, to serve as an efficient and effective parking solution. While the need for parking is continuously growing, available space for large parking lots is declining. This is where the automated parking system has come into play. In proposing multiple parking spots using limited amounts of space, Romax Parking Solutions Ltd car parking systems have filled the void. In addition mechanical parking systems enhance productivity, cost-effectiveness, safety, environmental considerations and all correlated expenses. Knowledge on the history of the automated parking systems may therefore be an interesting subject for client consideration. First invention The first emergence of the automated parking system can be traced back to 1925, New York City where Max Miller laid the landmark for mechanical parking systems. Designed specifically with the intent to raise vehicles off the ground, the car parking system was intended to keep the roadway unobstructed in the instance of a prevaricated, crashed, or broken down vehicle. Miller’s model was never tested in practice. First Employment It was not until 1941, that the automated parking system was formally recognized. With cars crowding the city streets, the solution to park cars vertically rocketed. O.A. Light came up with an automated parking system that permit three cars to park vertically; three per side yielding a total capacity of six parking spots. One year thereafter, E.W Austin developed an enhanced version of the mechanical parking system, setting a new standard for automated parking systems that would remain the bar between 1940 up until 1960. Throughout these years many names were given to refer to the automated parking system such as: Bowsters, Pigeon Holes and Roto Parks. Further Development It is over the course of these few decades in particular that recurrent and new adaptations, as well as developments, and design changes were frequently being made to improve automated parking systems. To this very day mechanical parking systems are a work in progress. Car parking systems are continually being worked and reworked, renewed, enhanced, and updated to complement the latest technological advancements. In the year 1964, Eric Jaulmes crafted the model that is most closely comparable to the automated parking system seen present day. Jaulmes’ mechanical parking system, was valet operated which meant that the valet was responsible for parking the car onto an elevator that would then transport the vehicle to a predestined spot. The valet would then park the car in that parking space. Upon descend, the automated parking system, if requested, would stop at another spot so the valet could pick up another vehicle that was to be returned. Succeeding automated parking systems were revised to the eliminate valet entirely imposing the role of tipping and retrieving cars into their predetermined parking spots on their own, without a person assisting in the operation. Throughout the middle of the 60’s (and launched 1968), Bob Lichti introduced the Vert-a-Park automated parking system. Similar to a ferris wheel, Lichti’s mechanical parking system allowed twenty-two vehicles to be parked vertically taking up ninety feet in height, while occupying the amount of horizontal space of approximately two and a half vehicles. Development of an industry Between the 60’s and the 80’s the industry for automated parking systems started to soar in sales due to increased demand correlated to the ever crowding of cars. Space-o-matic supplied circa 1000 units of car parking systems, Park Master sold 750 mechanical parking systems, and DuoPark released an imposing number of 3500 car parking system compartments. It is during this time, developed throughout the 70’s, that Lift Box, the very first automated parking system suited for home application, first emerged. This residential car parking system was a cantilever that stacked two vehicles one above the other. In late 1980, starting in Europe, indications of the new style of automated parking systems started to appear. Notions attached to the mechanical parking system were that of a smarter automated parking solution that consumes less space all the while parking more cars and additionally performing with the most profound level of efficiency. Mechanical parking systems persistently went through the process of modification and enhancement to produce what we see of the automated parking systems today. With increasing need and want for car parking systems, Romax Parking Solutions Ltd is able to, step by step conquer the issues raised in high cost parking lots and continually growing number of cars. Today’s structure and operation of mechanical parking systems are highly efficient, cost effective, environmentally friendly, protective, and storage serving inventions that far more than surpass and therefore are seen to more commonly than ever before replace traditional parking garages. The history of the automated parking systems is lengthily, intriguing, and satiated with innovative ideas and concepts. The future for these automated parking systems lies in the progressive and continual revision of the foundation laid by technical pioneers in the industry several epochs back in time.

Underground Parking

In the past decade underground parking systems have excelled in popularity especially in their employment for residential purpose. Subterranean parking systems are space saving, economic, and protection providing solutions for underground parking. Underground parking systems guarantee the highest degree of safety and security for its operators and vehicles. Underground parking has become the decade’s latest phenomena because in rising property taxes, the underground parking systems attest to being an ideal space saver resolution. Subterranean parking units save space by replacing the former method of space-consuming ramps in the driveway to lower level parking. In place underground parking systems rely on advanced automated or hydraulic elevator technology to transport vehicles between various floor levels: ground level to single or multiple underground parking levels and/or to higher altitudes above grade level, according to client inquiry. The underground parking systems are economic, as they do not occupy additional land as would a ramp and minor maintenance costs are involved. Furthermore clients currently investing in storage units for the protection of their secondary, temporary, seasonal and/or valuable vehicles, the underground parking is the solution for keeping their vehicles in the comfort and supervision of their homes without non-returnable monthly payment rates. Subterranean parking units provide protection against vandalism or theft commonly associated with valuable vehicles or vehicles kept on side streets. Underground parking systems are constructed with safety as a priority. Each subterranean parking unit is constructed according to TSSA and ESA Canadian Safety Norm Standards for Car Elevating Devices. Romax provides several subterranean parking systems: VTS 2-1, 2-2, and R, as well as the IPP2 DT (Drive Through). VTS underground parking systems have the advantage of being able to accommodate any size garage. Each system is custom built with adjustability of height to accommodate any garage dimensions. VTS subterranean parking units are an ideal solution for multi-car underground parking lots. IPP2 DT underground parking systems are a more cost-effective version of the VTS subterranean parking systems. Garages must however meet specific height requirements between the finished basement floor and the finished ground floor (please view PDF for details). They are apt for the storage of 1-2 cars in an underground parking. A ramp can be used to accommodate for garages with greater depth than is specified in our PDF for the IPP2 DT underground parking system.

Romax Residential Parking Solutions offers a variety of parking systems; from simple car lifts requiring no pit construction, to car stackers and home car elevators.