Updated: Apr 15, 2019
A pneumatic tube system like anything else with moving parts has a predictable life-cycle.
Aerocom have always supplied a first class and robust product, but unfortunately, they do wear out eventually. Some of our original hospital tube systems in the UK are over 20 years old and still used daily, but they do tend to be less reliable at this age and may not be dependable causing system downtime and costly repairs.
As with cars, having a regular service helps to prolong the life-cycle by identifying areas needing attention and the lubrication of moving parts, this does not however stop the aging process, or reduce the mileage, especially in a well-used pneumatic tube system in hospitals.
Unlike a car however, the pneumatic tube system does not need to be completely scrapped.
The internally installed PVC tube used in most of our installations has a much longer life-cycle than the electro-mechanical parts and can be reused, and the cable may also be recycled.
This makes life cycling cost efficient as the tube infrastructure remains in place, saving the cost of a complete renewal and allowing the client to use their budgets to improve and enhance the original system with some of the latest innovations available from aerocom.
We still maintain AC3000 as the preferred system, which has advanced through a complete evolution in software and hardware. The system's continuing development is based around the new technology being able to run alongside older technology, giving us the flexibility to upgrade piece by piece. This means that an AC3000 system can be replaced with minimal disruption to a hospital.
As most hospitals use the same tube diameters, we are also able to replace non-aerocom pneumatic tube systems.
Our no-nonsense approach to upgrading older systems, installed by other manufacturers, has resulted in many hospitals changing their outdated tube system to an AC3000. In most instances, we can prepare in advance for the changeover and to shut down the existing system. Main users should be back up and running within days, with the remaining users brought back into operation in order of priority. This is a winning plan, with a typical multi zone pneumatic tube system being fully operational within a couple of weeks.
If you need any more information on the life-cycle of an existing pneumatic tube system, whether an aerocom, or any other manufacturers system, don't hesitate to contact us.