For pneumatic air tube transportation of packages, carriers are the capsules that will convey the package. Carriers can be plastic or metal and are more often called pods by the users.

When first contemplating a pneumatic tube system the first 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.

For pneumatic air tube transportation of packages, carriers are the capsules that will convey the package. Carriers can be plastic or metal and are more often called pods by the users.

When first contemplating a pneumatic tube system the first 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.

General Guidelines

Internal Carrier Ø Internal Carrier Length Cubic Capacity Maximum Box Size Maximum Weight load Transport Tube Ø Bend Radius
36mm 220mm 224cc 24x24x210mm 0.22kg 63mm 500mm
60mm 245mm 692cc 40x40x235mm 0.69kg 90mm 550mm
80mm 245mm 1231cc 54x54x235mm 1.25kg 110mm 650mm
115mm 330mm 3426cc 78x78x320mm 3.00kg 160mm 800mm
154mm 350mm 6516cc 150x105x340mm 4.00kg 200mm 800mm
240mm 530mm 23964ccc 165x165x520mm 6.00kg 315 1000mm

The next consideration is the application

Carriers can be supplied in a range of models, lengths, colours and security.

We have standard carriers in all popular sizes or other models with additional features:

  • RFID chips
  • Completely sealed units for aseptic labs
  • Leakproof carriers
  • Lockable carriers
  • Metal hot sample carriers for steelworks or foundries
  • Cash carriers
  • Document carriers
  • Decontamination carriers

Aerocom Pneumatic Tube carriers are manufactured in Germany to the highest of standards. They can be supplied with either Velcro or Felt glide bands. Larger carriers are fitted with drive rings to allow heavier loads and assist with air cushion braking when arriving at stations.

Glide bands and drive rings are in contact with the inner wall of the transport tube, so do suffer mileage related wear just as car tyres do. Aerocom stock spare parts for carrier refurbishment, which can be performed on-site or at our workshop. We also supply DIY kits.

Cleansing carriers is just a simple washing process, they can be immersed in water with a sterilising solution and scrubbed. Some larger sites install a domestic dishwasher which does a marvellous job and is very efficient.

RFID Carrier Tracking

Pneumatic tube systems in hospitals demand full traceability for sample and pharmaceutical conveyance. RFID implant chips are provided as standard in conjunction with scanning antennae on all send and receive stations. The Aerocom AC3000 and AC4000 series of operating systems have dedicated TagEdit software specifically to support carrier tracking.

Each carrier has a unique transponder ID and site-specific number which is logged every time the carrier passes an antenna, this includes when transferring across zones at a linear coupler. Should the carrier tracking software detect a transaction has sent a logged carrier, and a different RFID code is scanned at the receiving station, the system will purge to find the lost carrier and send all carriers to the designated master stations and automatically trigger a fault report.