Stokes Industries, an international company organized for the purpose of providing innovative mechanical parking solutions, recognizes that its not the number of “square meters” needed to park a car that matters, it's the amount of “cubic meters” used that is important. As real estate values increase and development costs soar future parking systems must park more cars in less space.
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Parking industry customers need a complete solution to its mechanical parking needs. Stokes Industries, a twenty-year-old consulting firm, provides engineering solutions for parking systems and automated garages. Its customers include parking lot operators, developers, and architects, building owners, large corporations and municipalities. Stokes is also involved in the design of the computer and networking systems used in parking systems. Stokes Industries feel they have uniquely positioned themselves in the parking industry to provide the information and assistance their customers require.
In 1985, Van Stokes, founder of Stokes Industries, designed and patented the first practical multi-story, hydraulically operated, mechanical parking lift. This lift, used chains and a single hydraulic cylinder to lift platforms sequentially to the various parking levels. One of the problems with the pre-existing two cylinder systems is that it is difficult to keep the two cylinders synchronized or operating together. This causes the platform to lift unevenly. Van's single cylinder design does not have this problem. In the early 1990s, Van designed a new version of his lift. Still using a single hydraulic cylinder, the new system used wire rope instead of chain. The new design allows faster operation of the equipment. This design has been very successful and is still being used today. In 2001 Van filed a patent for an anti-fall system for parking lifts and a patent for a very high density Mechanical Garage. In 2005 Van filed a patent for a hydraulically operated transporter for use in a number of mechanical parking systems.
The Company is known for its custom-designed parking equipment and innovative solutions to parking problems. From two-high Valet Park equipment to the largest Self Park mechanical systems this flexible design philosophy is has proven to solve problems and save money. The recently patented hydraulic transporter can be configured to operate in almost any mechanical garage situation.
Stokes Industries offers solutions for the most difficult parking problems. While manufacturers attempt to solve parking problems with previously fabricated ‘one-size-fits-all’ products, Stokes Industries can help find the right manufacturer with the right equipment for your project. The Company’s innovative custom solutions will allow you to install parking spaces in places you never dreamed possible. With the only engineering staff in the industry that specializes only in mechanical parking design, Stokes Industries, Inc. has a key advantage for its customers in design and engineering.
Van Stokes Sr. is Chairman and CEO of Stokes Industries. Mr. Stokes is a former Aerospace Engineer that worked for NASA at Cape Canaveral on the Saturn/Apollo program. After consulting to NATO in Europe on the F-111 and F-16 fighter planes, Mr. Stokes was introduced to mechanical parking systems. In 1984, he returned to the U.S. and formed Stokes Industries, a small engineering firm providing engineering services to the oil and automotive industries.
In 1985, while working with the country’s largest manufacturer of above ground automotive service lifts, Grand Inc., Van developed and patented the first economical three-level parking lift. As a result, Car Stacker, Inc. was formed and hundreds of these lifts have been produced and are in use today. In 1989, Van formed Car-O-Sell, Inc., a company that designed and built tension chain rotary parking garage, which were exported to Russia and South America.
In 1994, the Korean government commissioned Van to help the leading Korean mechanical garage manufacturers improve the designs of their mechanical and automated parking systems. Stokes Industries also designed the Vertical Shuttle, a cost-effective direct lift parking system that uses a simple hydraulic and cable lift system instead of expensive elevator drive components, resulting in an 80% reduction in drive costs, while increasing speed and reliability.
During the 1990s, Van designed many types of mechanical parking systems including two-high, three-high, and four-high hydraulically operated car lifts. These include four post types, cantilevered types, and no-post types, automated garages, tower systems, as well as automated underground systems. These products are presently being sold to customers worldwide. In 1997, Van designed the only mechanically operated, automated garage to be approved for installation in NYC in the last 40 years.