HUP’s p-tube system keeps the service running normally

The Pneumatic Tube System of the University of Pennsylvania Hospital (HUP) transports nearly 4,000 specimens, blood and blood products, and other urgently needed supplies and medications to sites throughout the HUP campus at a speed of 22 feet per second – approximately 15 miles per hour – every day . Due to the recent upgrade, the efficiency of the system has not only improved, but this high-quality service will continue to be provided when Pavilion opens in the fall.
HUP’s “superhighway” is a complex system: miles of pipelines are divided into multiple zones, leading to specific destinations scattered throughout the HUP physically connected buildings. Hundreds of “carriers” (containers of specimens or supplies) can be moved through the tube at any given time, and the system’s real-time monitoring keeps track of them to minimize “traffic jams” and other problems, so each carrier can be as fast as possible Arrive at the destination station within the required time. “Most transactions take less than 5 minutes from point A to point B,” said Gary Maccorkle, director of maintenance operations.
HUP now has 130 stations, up from 105 a few years ago. Most are added to those areas that receive the largest inflows, namely laboratories (almost half goes to central reception), blood banks, and pharmacies. He said that these additional stations are “like adding another highway lane inside.” The larger the infrastructure, the more likely the computer will find a fast, open route to the destination. For example, instead of waiting for traffic in one area to stop, the operator will automatically reroute to another open and faster area.
The upgrade of HUP also helps reduce downtime. Problem alerts will be sent to the maintenance staff iPhone 24 hours a day. “This notification system lets us know about the problem and resolve it before others realize it,” Maccorkle said.
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Post time: Jul-07-2021