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How do you store a couple hundred new cars in a very small space?

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  1. Atlas

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    Check this image on a Bloomberg article today:

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    This is an ASRS (automated storage and retrieval system) at a VW dealer in Wolfsburg, Germany.
    Pure engineering art.


    I've programmed and commissioned ASRS systems for some machinery almost as large as a car, but the shelves were arrayed more like the storage shelves in your garage or laundry room, 25 spaces horizontally and 5 vertically, and not in the round like in this photo..
     
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    Didn't Tom Cruise shoot an action scene in this place?
     

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    I dunno, which one?
    I don't see many movies, and usually only when they've been out long enough that they're on DVD for $5 - $8 somewhere.
     
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    The most recent MI Ghost Protocol movie was shot there.
     
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    You can actually see and use them in normal life but not so much in the us since we don't have the space issues other places do. They're pretty damn cool.
     
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    I have seen something similar in Tokyo, and that was 4-5 years ago...still, that is mondo cool as heck.
     
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    As an engineer, would you certify the plans?
     
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    "Certify the plans" ?
    I don't know what you mean.

    Programming it would be essentially the same as one I did for large hydraulic power-units.
    The only difference is the number of tiers, and the one in that photo apparently has a turntable to position it around it's axis.

    I probably know (barely) the guy in Germany who programmed that one. He works for a company that makes the "crane" as they refer to the lifting unit you see there.
    They do ASRS systems all over the planet.
     
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    Leave it to the Germans! I say that with sincerety, jealousy, and a bit of resentment......
     
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    I believe I know exactly what you mean..
     
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    There is a hotel in midtown that has (a la Tokyo) a turntable, this allows the cars to be fed in any of 6-8 slots (parking garage is below ground, there are support beams virtually everywhere) without having to execute any sort of u-turn.

    The contraption I saw in Japan was 5-7 stories high, similar to the design in this picture.
     
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    Power outage = screwed.
     
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    Professionals that sign and seal construction plans approved for construction.
    Is that required in Europe?
     
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    Do tell...
    They may well have on-site generators though.
     
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    Being Germany, I'd expect you could bet your life on it.

    Here in America it would be required also of course, but I don't get involved in that sort of thing.

    ASRS is not my usual thing, but I've done the large one I mentioned and another system for tiny electronic components.
     
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    I wonder how that would handle the giant pickup trucks that many Americans have.
     
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    Don't know about that specifically but it being German you can believe it was designed to easily handle at least 5x the heaviest car in VW's lineup.


    Dambach, the company I linked above will make ASRS to handle anything you want to store.
     
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