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Omron can park your car

Omron's PLCs are helping redefine the automobile parking industry.

July 17, 2013   by Canadian Packaging Staff

While Omron is well-known for its PLC (programmable logic controller) equipment—a popular staple within the packaging industry—its Omron Automation & Safety segment is breaking new ground in North America, by defining a whole new business category.

In early 2013, Omron and it’s strategic partner, Auto Park-it, LLC, opened the very first fully automated parking facility in Southern California featuring what it describes as parking that intelligently rethought, reinvented and reengineered.

The facility in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles is an automated parking system based on the heritage of factory automation and safety excellence from Omron Automation & Safety.

The region’s first fully automated parking system lets drivers pull their car in to a bay, jump out and let the machines take over. A structural steel system of lifts and shuttles moves vehicles up, down, back and forth on pallets through one under- and three above-ground levels of parking stalls.

The system allows twice as many cars to fit into a parking structure, because there’s no need for room to open car doors, and no need to leave roadway space for vehicles to drive through the garage.

Developers, civic officials, building operators and end users have an option that’s green, safe, secure, affordable and convenient.

Check out the video below to see Omron and Auto Park-it at work:

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