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Give Time and Money Back to Your Project Team with These Simple Pneumatic Tube System Tips

Evolution of the Pneumatic Tube System

Pneumatic tube systems gained notoriety in the late 1800’s for mail delivery applications. While postal applications have been supplanted by digital communication, pneumatic transport technology is still used in manufacturing, banking and perhaps most critically, in healthcare.

Today, the healthcare market relies on computer-controlled pneumatic systems for the safe, secure and efficient transport of patient care items such as blood samples and medications. Timely delivery of these items is critical to a hospital’s successful delivery of patient care.

Today’s Healthcare Pneumatic Tube Market in North America and Abroad

Pneumatic transport technology became popular in healthcare settings in the 1970’s. Surprisingly, North American hospitals and their design/build partners have experienced limited competition among vendors and thus, limited options.

The exact opposite has been true in the pneumatic tube system market outside of North America. In this competitive global market, manufacturers have been consistently challenged to bring more value to their clients with innovative technology helping distinguish themselves from the pack.

As hospital operators and project delivery teams adapt to a changing healthcare landscape emphasized by cost reduction, increased efficiency and improved patient care, it is important that North American hospitals also have access to these innovations in pneumatic transport technology.

Here are the ways new technology now being introduced in North America can help hospitals and design/construction professionals save time and money while improving patient care:

  1. Simplified Design with Pass-Thru Technology
    Unlike conventional end-stations that are limited to sending and receiving only from the top of the station, pass-thru technology allows pneumatic tube stations to receive carriers from above or below, and allows carriers to “pass-thru” a station. Pass-thru design also reduces the number of diverters (transfer units) required to reroute carriers to their destination. Reduction in equipment and transport distances also stands to benefit patients and facilities management departments.  On average, pass-thru design can eliminate up to 30% of the tubing that’s required by traditional end-station designs. This means less design coordination, less installation labor, and more space available for coordination of other trades. What could your team accomplish with these savings?
  2. Lower Associated Contractor Costs
    Less pipe and equipment also lowers costs associated with installing the pneumatic tube system that may fall outside of the PTS vendor’s scope of work such as cutting, boring, patching, etc. Additionally, the use of low voltage power and communication to all devices does not require a dedicated power source for each device. These types of construction-related costs may be easy to overlook when evaluating your options. But they are real costs associated with implementation that typically fall into the responsibility of the general contractor. Eliminating these costs can give time and money back to your project team.
  3. Early Integration With Your Vendor
    To meet your project goals while staying within your budget, you need a pneumatic tube partner who does more than simply provide a product. You need a teammate who is involved in every phase of the project, from consultation and design, to construction management and customer support.The right system design can make or break a system’s performance, and your construction timeline and budget. An integrated approach with your pneumatic tube partner helps provide transparent and predictable project execution.

Want to learn more? Contact your Aerocom Healthcare representative today!

Aerocom Healthcare is the North American headquarters of Aerocom, a global leader in pneumatic tube systems for hospitals.

  • 60 years of pneumatic tube system experience in 80 countries
  • Over 1,400 hospital installations worldwide
  • System design, coordination, construction management and customer support