If your health organization is planning on expanding or installing a pneumatic tube system, you need to think carefully about how you plan the routes for the system. Here are five things that you and your organization should take into consideration when planning to install or expand pneumatic tube routes.
Take Into Consideration Building Maintenance Needs
Your pneumatic tube routes are going to go run throughout your building. As you plan the routes, take into consideration where plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems and lines are also located. If there are any areas of your building that require frequent access and maintenance, try to avoid locating your pneumatic tube routes in those areas.
Instead, if there is an area that requires frequent maintenance, such as a boiler room or a computer server room, try to route your pneumatic tubes around that area instead of through it. You don't want your pneumatic tube system to ever be accidentally damaged or bumped into because you put it too close to other systems in your building that need regular maintenance.
Make Sure You Have Access To Fitting Joints
When designing the route for the pneumatic tubes to take, you need to make sure that where there are fitting joints in your plan, that you will be able to easily access them. All fitting joints will need to be serviced from time to time by a company like TH Hammerl Inc., and if they are hard to access, it can make a simple tighten into a time-consuming task when really it should be very simple.
Go For Bends Over Straight Lines
When designing your pneumatic tube routes, try to add as many bends as you can into your design. You don't want to have multiple areas with excessively long straight lines. Straight lines in your pneumatic tube route tends to lead to joint strain which tends to lead to leaking. You can avoid joint strain and leaking in your system by adding in plenty of bends into your pneumatic tube routes.
Use Smaller Bends
When choosing the bends to use, try to use smaller bends over larger bends. Smaller bends tend to lose less pressure than larger bends. It is better to have two smaller bends close to one another than it is to utilize an extremely large bend.
Use Software Tools To Your Advantage
Finally, you don't have to plan out your entire pneumatic tube route by hand. Use pneumatic tubing software to assist you in checking your design. Use the software to calculate pressure drops in your line and to check that your design works out mathematically and practically for your organization.