A Decade of High Reliability - Westfalia's Automated Parking Facilities in Copenhagen, Denmark
YORK, Pa. – July 17, 2019 – Westfalia Technologies, Inc. (Westfalia), a leading supplier of automated parking systems worldwide, is proud to report that for nearly a decade the first three fully automated car parks in the Danish capital Copenhagen, installed by partner and sister company Westfalia Logistics Solutions Europe (WLSE), have been operating reliably 24/7.
With the aim of becoming the first city in the world to be CO2-neutral in 2025, Copenhagen opted for a solution that allows its urban planners to create more car-free, green spaces, while at the same time addressing the urban parking problem. With its fully automated parking facilities (totaling 840 parking spaces), the city has not only been able to accommodate more parking spaces in less space, but also reduced energy consumption and polluting emissions, thus making an important contribution to its declared climate goal.
Rasmus Kronborg, Branch Manager of the WLSE local service team in Copenhagen, said, "It's almost like wine: over the years it has been getting better and better. From the beginning we had a system availability of more than 99 percent for all three parking garages. The fact that we have not only been able to keep this value constant for almost a decade, but have even optimized it further, makes the City of Copenhagen as our customer and, above all, the users trust our installations."
In order to ensure outstanding system performance, a 4-person local service team is available in Copenhagen around the clock. Most of the systems’ malfunctions can be remedied remotely in the shortest possible time. However, the service technicians ensure through regular maintenance and inspections that potential sources of disruption can be detected and remedied at an early stage, often before a malfunctional occurs. In addition, the service technicians’ feedback provides Westfalia’s development engineers at the corporate headquarters with important information for future innovations and improvements.
Christian Schlief, Head of Car Park Automation at WLSE, said, "The choice of suppliers and materials, a close working relationship with the service technicians, the influence of more than 45 years of project experience on our development work, the quality-driven processes in our production facility and optimally selected maintenance cycles of the individual system components are all factors that influence the life cycle of an installation. An older system does not have to be a disadvantage. A well planned and maintained system is much more of an advantage: namely, providing reliability and thus a secure investment.”