MECHANICAL ENGINEERING HERITAGE NO.56
Mechanical Car Parking System ‘ROTOPARK’
The ROTOPARK is a genuine mechanical car parking system. It was installed in the parking lot at Shinjuku station’s south gate (currently Keio Underground Parking Lot) in 1976 by Japan Rotopark, and since then, the machine has been maintained and inspected by ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd.
The feature of the system is that a car can be delivered using a carriage with forks and the precise positioning of the forks is mechanically controlled using relays and DC motors.
‘ROTOPARK’ is at the very top of genuine mechanical car parking systems, and the parking lot is an example of a system still in commercial service at a time when digital control systems are becoming mainstream.
Off exhibition (in principle)
Keio Chika Chushajou
- 1 Minamiguchi Chikagai, Nishi-Shinjuku 1-chome, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-0023
- Shinjuku Sta., Keio Line