pneumatic tube systems
Established in 1956, Aerocom GmbH are a leading global manufacturer and supplier of pneumatic tube systems, with branches or agencies in 80 countries worldwide. The Aerocom manufacturing base and company headquarters is located in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany. Aerocom (UK) Ltd are the sole UK supplier for Aerocom products.
Aerocom offers a wide range of operating systems, stations and accessories made to the highest quality and standards synonymous with German manufactured engineering. The product range covers a wide selection of technology, and all equipment is available in optional diameters from 60 to 310mm tube size. The most popular tube diameters used are 110mm for transporting samples or small items, and 160mm for pharmaceuticals or larger components.
System models are available from a simple microprocessor control panel used for basic point to point pneumatic tube systems, to the highest levels of computerised technology with the possibility of:
- dedicated control software hosted by a Microsoft Windows operating system
- control of infinite send and receive stations on unlimited separate zones
- real-time graphics displaying each carrier’s progress through multiple zone networks
- RFID track and trace with scanner verification
- every transaction recorded, filed and accessible through dedicated diagnostics software
- security control functions and optional accessories; pin codes, swipe cards, bar code readers etc.
- programmable redirection of transports on timings
- KPI indication software with graphs and advanced filtering
- internet monitoring and email notifications
- automatic fault diagnostics and purging functions
- interface with BMS and alarm systems
and so much more, Aerocom constantly develops new functions and upgrades to satisfy the market demand for the latest innovations and technological advances.
Ideally suited for cost effective point to point pneumatic tube systems, the AC2u is a microprocessor control panel with an integrated AC/DC power transformer. The AC2u is not limited to only sleeve stations and can send or return from a 3rd master station to two satellite station locations.
For a basic two-way pneumatic tube system, AC2u provides a robust, safe and reliable control system, but does include many additional functions and simple diagnostic codes. The start buttons also have LED status indications and an arrival indicator. AC2u is available in all common tube diameters and is often used for hospital ED sample fast tracks, document delivery or manufacturing applications.
Developed mainly for retail applications as a one-way cash tube microprocessor system, AC660 transports carriers from the checkouts to a secure cash office. Outside of retail, it can also be used for two-way operation by adding diverter units for countless other applications. Typically, the AC660 is used with around 10 satellite stations at the tills in supermarkets, cinemas or banks, with a master station in the cash office, with enhancements available. AC660 is also used in distribution centres, processing and returning delivery notes or other documentation.
From being first developed in the mid-90s, AC3000 has been the worlds leading pneumatic tube system for hospitals. With the capacity to control up to 500 send and receive stations on a network of 64 separate zone lines operating simultaneously, AC3000 is a high-tech control system. The key to the success of AC3000 is not just because of its very advanced technology and vast range of accessories, it’s the user-friendly Microsoft windows software package, which system managers on larger multiple point sites find to be the main advantage.
With the possibility to run the original hardware and software from previous generations of AC3000 equipment alongside the latest technology available, AC3000 is ageless and timeless. Aerocom equipment is built to last, there are still sites in the UK running equipment and software almost 25 years old every day, although most of our original systems have been upgraded and replaced with the later versions. The return on investment of using extensive pneumatic tube networks to eliminate repetitive small package delivery tasks is never more apparent than with AC3000.
With a complete range of sleek looking stations, robust infrastructure devices, available robotic automation, add on devices, and integration with other devices, AC3000 remains our most popular pneumatic tube system. And it is not only hospitals that prefer hi-tech systems, the versatility of AC3000 lends itself perfectly to many other applications. The most extensive systems ever built in the UK is at Airbus, with a fully automated ordering and distribution system for materials, supplying hundreds of delivery points over a vast area of separated buildings.
The latest development in the AC series is the 4000, it’s a new series of single or multiline pneumatic tube technology, and has no scale limits. This means the system can be used to control any number of stations, zones, interchanges or infrastructure equipment.
AC4000 uses a cross-platform server for multi-party remote accesses on Microsoft or Linux computer operating systems.
With a SQL database, AC4000 adds a new level of system backup.
Added RFID functions add absolute security for carrier delivery.
Choosing the system to fit your requirements
Decide the tube size
The decision required is the best size of carrier to fit the package or object requiring transportation. This in turn will justify the correct tube system size.
Soft packages can be squeezed into the internal carrier chamber, documents will roll up and overlap but boxed or packaged items need more careful consideration.
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Decide the amount of send and receive locations
If the process being streamlined is between two points (A – B) then the only other choices are whether it’s a one way or two ways system, and does it require any tracking or security?
If a more complex network is required, then list the locations, the purpose of the transports, and how regular the sends are expected to be. Also, any special requirements or local conditions will need considering to help decide the scope of the system required. Our sales team will initially advise on the various options available and suggest compliant solutions.
Get a design
Once the scope is established, we can bring in the design team who will advise on either a standard operating system, or possibly a bespoke model which can be designed specifically for a more complex process. Aerocom will provide a design package based on the agreed requirements with initial layouts drawn by our CAD team, and a technical submittal of the proposed system which will outline any other enabling requirements. We can then attach a competitive quote to the proposed package, all of which is provided free of charge, and with no obligation.