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Hospitals are highly complex systems with a large number of critical tasks to be mastered, whereby no time may be wasted for after all, people’s health is at stake. The hospital pneumatic tube system is the transportation medium that combines speed with reliability. This is a problem-free way of transporting laboratory and blood samples, tissue samples, medicines, prescriptions and results, and much more. Markedly convenient and sometimes even life-saving: whether in the OR, in the blood bank or at the nurse’s station – application-specific, innovative solutions are possibly in every area. Benefits
  • No running errands and more time for patient care.
  • Increased productivity and no waiting patients or doctors, bottle necks in laboratories, and unmanned departments.
  • Safe and secure transport of delicate and sensitive loads like blood, lab samples or pharmaceuticals
  • Reduced costs with optimized workflow efficiency and a surprisingly short amortization period.
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Sample transport A hospital laboratory is often a place of intense activity: countless samples arrive here daily and are analyzed, evaluated, and the results passed on, and all of that under enormous time pressure. By using pneumatic tube systems samples taken can be sent for analysis immediately, without running time-consuming errands. Features & Benefits
  • Improved efficiency by fast, accurate  transport without time loss
  • On-demand transport eliminate bottle-necks
  • No loss of sample quality by gentle, shock-free transport and variable transport speed
  • More safety - hermetically sealed carriers minimize the risk of contamination of personnel and tube system
  • Higher throughput by multiple sending and receiving stations that are able to send and receive more carriers
Emergency sample transport During surgery every second counts. Especially during cancer surgery excised tissue samples often have to be brought for analysis to an emergency laboratory to determine whether the tumour is malignant. Only then can the operation be continued. Understandably, the entire process may not take more than a few minutes. Pathology samples, rapid cuts, and tissue biopsies are sent to the laboratory via the shortest and most reliable route using the pneumatic tube system. Features and Benefits
  • No unnecessary delays for "priority" transports. Emergency loads can overtake carriers dispatched earlier without losing any time
  • Improved specimen turnaround time and hospital staff  and surgeon receive results quicker
  • Effective time-management - duration of surgeries and the patient's treatment burden can be reduced by short wait times perfect risk management for safe transport - documentation of transport of the carrier with defined content
Transport of pharmaceuticals In hospitals, fast and reliable provision of pharmaceuticals to wards and out-patient departments is vital and, owing to the pneumatic tube system, possible around the clock. All departments can be supplied from a central pharmacy in flawless quality while eliminating time-consuming errands and loss of time. Features and Benefits
  • Safe transport also of liquid medicines and infusion bottles enabled by maximum leak protection
  • More space - stocks in the decentralized medicine storage depots can be reduced
  • Maximum protection of drugs and hazardous loads from unauthorized access by ID cards or pin code
  • More security by real-time monitoring and tracking of each transfer
Transport of blood Blood is a valuable and highly sensitive transport load. The fast, reliable transport of donor blood, plasma, and other blood products throughout the hospital is therefore very important and often lifesaving. Errands waste precious time and the quality of the delicate load could be changed. Sumetzberger offers state of the art technology and safe and efficient solutions for transport and documentation. Furthermore the advanced carrier tracking technology complies fully with European Blood Directive 2002/98/EC. Features and Benefits
  • No loss of time by fast but shock-free transport.
  • Guaranteed blood integrity by gentle and individually variable speed technology.
  • A maximum of hygiene standards and leak protection.
  • More security by real-time monitoring and tracking of each transfer.
What does PTS comprises of:-
  1. Main Controller
  2. Blower
  3. Station 160mm - Pass Through Type
  4. Forwarding Tube
  5. Diverter
  6. Carriers
Carriers – Pneumatic Tube System

With suitable holders of vaccutainers and a pair shuttle bung for each container

Carrier for hospital use should be with easy to operate swivel top mechanic, sealed load chamber, to prevent contamination of tubing in the unlikely event of spill of transported goods. This must be realized only by closing the sealed swivel top mechanism.

The “closed” position should be fastened in a lock-in position. The lid should be kept in this position by a spring force and has to be equipped with seals. Furthermore the design of the container must be done in a way that an open carrier can’t be sent. Any carrier has to be equipped with two free programmable data transponder, system according to send receive device used by the manufacturer in the Pneumatic Stations send magazines.

Transponders are used to electronically identify any carrier by a unique address and to offer the user automatic redistribution to home Pneumatic Station and optionally a second address for dedicated locations or special carrier use. The carriers must provide a easily visible wear and tear resistant color coding system, which must be changeable also on site by the user without damage and not requiring special tools.

Diverter – Pneumatic Tube System

Smooth Connection between Incoming and Outgoing Tube

The forwarding tube diverter must provide one incoming and three outgoing delivery tubes.

The Diverter must provide a smooth connection between incoming and outgoing tube, to prevent impact on transported items. A maintenance free belt driven rotary oscillating pipe has to be pneumatically sealed to the device housing, to prevent air loss, self-adjusting Teflon gaskets have to provide airtight operation in vacuum and pressure operation.

Forwarding Tube – Pneumatic Tube System

Made of PVC of 160 mm OD x 153.6 mm ID

Forwarding tube should include the cost of cable and other tube mounting accessories as are required for networking between Pneumatic Stations. Every Station and Diverter must provide transparent tube.

Station 160mm – Pass Through Type – Pneumatic Tube System

Pass Through Type – Pneumatic Tube System

The Pneumatic Station should be designed as a fully automatic dispatch and receiving unit and used as pass-through station.

  • The Pneumatic Station should be able to send and receive carriers.
  • The conveying direction of the carriers should be both sided (single tube reversing principle).
  • Inserting a carrier into the Pneumatic Station and selecting a target number should be possible independent from system status.
  • The carrier should be loaded on the top side of the Pneumatic Station.
  • The Pneumatic Station should be controlled by the use of the LCD display membrane key pad in non- critical areas and with integrated Touch Panel Display, in the critical areas.
  • The Pneumatic Station should be Steel made, maintenance free gear mechanism, with self-adjusting optical switches, with self-adjusting maintenance free gaskets for noise less operations, contact less censoring of the unit positions. There should not be any air exiting at the pneumatic station. With RFID readers for carrier ID and inventory, which should ensure automatic carrier redistribution to its home address & also non-acceptance of any items than authorized carrier.
  • The Pneumatic Station should have Air cushioned soft landing facility for arriving carrier to protect samples. Provided with carrier rack and receiving basket with cushion.

Blower – Pneumatic Tube System

provided with all the mounting accessories and soundproof enclosure

It should have a separate Blowers 2.3 kW, 3 phase 400v/50Hz, 2850 rpm, 220 mbar pressure, 5.1 m3/min for flow rate, with low noise, unidirectional rotation with electronic air switch to switch between compressed air and vacuum.

Each blower should be provided with Frequency Converter for Control of slow speed for sensitive laboratory samples by frequency control of Compressor. The blower should be set go up to 75Hz with the help of Frequency Converter.

Main Controller – Pneumatic Tube System

Patchable for connection router to Main Control

The entire system has to be electronically controlled by microprocessors/ computer. The main control unit, which controls the sending process and the compressor unit, supervises all system components. The sending process has to be indicated on display devices. The device also has to provide information to find the cause of a system malfunction. Customer-specific data such as the system’s layout, target numbers, target names, arrival signals, priority and special functions must be selectable on site without change or external reprogramming of memory devices. A integrated uninterrupted power supply must provide the requested system back up time to paste all date before shutting down the system, so after power source is providing energy again an automatic system start will occur and the system status will get back in the operation mode as before. Chosen targets at stored containers must be kept in the memory to proceed them automatically after power failure restart.

All components of the pneumatic tube conveyor are constantly monitored; the operating software has to be based on action reaction control for any device. The status of each device can be checked by the master control unit. A test program must be included to automatically check, move and supervise all of the system’s devices, or specific selected devices, by access via service code from the Station control panel.

During both normal operation and testing, all devices inform the master control unit that the selected functional position has been reached. This ensures that this position truly has been reached. The system is designed in such a way that it does not allow the unobserved pivoting of devices. The system has to come with an efficient fault-clearance program that automatically recognizes operating errors, power failures, time-out errors and other system errors. It also allows the system to continue functioning; there is no need for the operating personnel to intervene.


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