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Founded in 1952, Aerocom has grown to become a leader in pneumatic tube system technology worldwide with more than 50,000 systems installed in 65 countries.

Systems and Technology from Aerocom

From a basic system to a highly sophisticated microprocessor-controlled state-of-the-art system and everything in between, Aerocom has the technology. Carriers negotiate their way through the network at approximately 5-8 meters per second, transporting their contents safely to the destination. Aerocom product lines include the following:

  • AC2U - This system is the basic design for connecting two points. Whether upstairs to downstairs connection, one way or two way, of connecting opposite ends of a large warehouse. This is the perfect solution for a point to point Air Tube System. The system can have additional station fitted with the inclusion of a diverter in the design, without upgrading the software controls.
  • AC50 - Designed to connect up to ten stations. This is a reliable and economical choice for interconnectivity of up to a maximum of ten stations. Each station can communicate to any station in this system.
  • AC24M - Specifically designed for absolute control over the system. It connects a primary station with up to sixty-one secondary stations. The Primary station can send to each of the sub-stations and they can return to the primary. However Secondary stations cannot send to each other. This system is perfectly suited for cash security applications or from multiple departments to a central location.
  • AC3000 - The most advanced multi-station application! The AC3000 is a fully automatic, computer controlled system connecting an unlimited number of stations on multiple zones. This system has many advanced features for tracking and verification, control and flexibility and is ideal for fast paced environments such as Hospitals, Government Buildings and Manufacturing facilities.
  • AC660 - This system is ideal for high volume retail cash transport from multiple till locations to a central cash office. The system provides an invaluable range of audit, tracking, send restrictions and controls.
  • Through expertise and experience, Aerocom can design, manufacture, deliver and install a bespoke system tailored to the customer’s specific needs. If it can be done, Aerocom can do it!

There is a vast choice in system sizes and designs, to carry just about anything that will fit. From the most fragile medical device to reams of paper work, Aerocom has the system design to meet your needs. We offer all of the components necessary for a complete system, including a full series of stations, carriers, diverters, blowers, tubing material and other accessories.

AC2U Pneumatic Air Tube System

The AC2U Pneumatic Air Tube System provides full electronic and digital control for the operation and co-ordination of the system. Available in a single line with reversing operation or double line with one way operation.

Maximum number of stations: 2
Maximum number of lines: 1
Diverter: 2-way / 3-way
Operation mode: Single tube, reversing operation; double tube, one-way operation This is the ideal internal transport system between two points. Paperwork can be sent from an office to manufacturing area, Dispatch documents can be sent to the Goods outward door. In retail pharmacy applications, Prescriptions can be sent via the system, prepared by the pharmacist, and medicines return to the counter via the system. In simple banking operations, or retail, cash can be sent one way, in order to request / receive change etc in return. The applications are endless!!

Features of the AC2U System:

  • The central control unit is built-in into a standard case with a transport door
  • Automatic blower can be disconnected by tube switch or by safety time-out
  • Adjustable blower follow up time
  • Suitable for single- or multi-carrier-operation
  • Blower relay for single-phase-integration with controls
  • Power pack for stabilised voltage built-in
  • Central deceleration of a carrier by slide gate or three-phase blower with valve. Ideally suited for heavy and sensitive packages and for noise reduction.
  • Operation panel with start button and operation indication.
  • Arrival signals with cancellation key. A remote visual or audible signal can be installed

The AC2U provides fully electronic digital technique for the coordination and controls of all functions.

System Example

System example AC2U
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AC50 Pneumatic Air Tube System

Maximum number of stations: 10 station with 10 destinations total
Maximum number of lines: 1
Diverter: 2-way / 3-way
Operation mode: Single tube, reversing operation, semi-automatic operation

Features of the AC50 System

  • A separately housed control centre with transparent cover acts as the brain of the system and monitors all system functions
  • All stations can communicate with one another.
  • System layout as desired, branching through two- and three-way-diverters possible.
  • Different station types
  • Pneumatically deceleration of arriving carriers, depending to the system layout.
  • System length up to 500m, for installation between several buildings by open air- or underground lines
  • Power pack for the supply of the complete system
  • Keyboard for entering system data and display for service functions and system information.
  • LED-indication of additional information about blower, carrier brakes, monitoring of tube switches
  • 2 different interfaces for serial data transfer. Through this the central controls can be placed in the system as desired.
  • Serial current-loop printer interface
  • Programming mode. A service technician programs the system data (topography) by means of the keyboard in the front panel of the central controls.
  • Electronic overlap safeguard recognises a situation where two or more carriers are transported at the same time (for example in case of open stations), recognises the error and automatically returns the carriers to their point of origin.
  • A transmission controller will automatically return the system to a state of readiness if a transmission is begun without a carrier being introduced into the system.
  • Auto start automatically continues each sending process after power recovery, by sending the carrier to the correct destination.
  • With the addition of a compatible printer the CCU will print out a log of all transmissions. Information includes, date, time, sending and receiving stations and the continuous sending number. Backdated the last 120 sending processes are recallable.
  • In a service mode, all system devices can be exercised and analysed from the CCU. Fault indications will be displayed.
  • Automatically or manual clearing.
  • Halt-mode. The system can be blocked for further transmissions.

System Example

System example AC50
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AC24M Pneumatic Air Tube System

Maximum number of stations: 1 main station with up to 61 sub-stations
Maximum number of lines: 1
Arrival signals per station: 1
Diverter: 2-way / 3-way
Operation mode: Reversing system for transport between 1 main station and up to 61 sub-stations. The main station can communicate with each substation and vice versa. The substations cannot correspond with another.

Features of the AC24M System

  • Fully automatic, variable, microprocessor controlled system
  • The central control unit is built-in into the main station
  • The operation of the central control unit is done by means of the keyboard of the main-station. Feed backs are shown in the display of the station.
  • System layout as desired, branching by 2- or 3-way-diverters
  • Different station types
  • Pneumatically deceleration of arriving carriers
  • Data protection by code number
  • Interfaces: Serial current-Loop, as well RS-232 for terminal or host-computer.
  • The data transfer is done by a serial RS-485 interface.
  • Operation and control of all parts in service mode
  • In service mode all system devices can be tested and analysed by the central control unit
  • After power failure a lost carrier goes positively to the main-station
  • A monitoring device ensures that the system immediately goes back to state of standby, if a stored carrier is removed again.
  • With the addition of a compatible printer the CCU will print out a log of all transmissions. Information includes, date, time, sending and receiving stations and the continuous sending number. Backdated the last 120 sending processes are recallable. If valuable goods are transported, in addition also the operated tube switches can be printed out.
  • Printer can be set to print out system troubles only.
  • System data, topography and actual data are stored, also in case of power failure
  • Dry contact for building services control centre
  • Automatically or manually clearing
  • Real time clock
  • Programming mode. Topography- and system data will be entered and stored by the keyboard of the main-station.
  • Electronic overlap safeguard recognises a situation where two or more carriers are transported at the same time (for example in case of open stations), recognises the error and automatically return the carriers to their point of origin.
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AC3000 Pneumatic Air Tube System

The AC3000's sending and receiving stations are the perfect solution for today's busy hospital environment. Their thru-station design allows Aerocom engineers to design a system using a minimum amount of tubing. Not only does this reduce system cost, but it also simplifies installation.

Maximum number of zones: 32
Arrival signals per station: 16
Diverter: 2-way / 3-way / 4-way (for OD 110)
Operation mode: Fully automatic multi-zone-system -- reversing operation.

Single-zone Configuration

In this system, independent of the stage of operation, at any station a carrier can be stored. Once inserted into the station, a carrier will always be transported by the most direct route to its destination. After one sending process has been completed, the next carrier will start. All stations and diverter types can be used in one zone.

Single zone configuration

Multi-zone Configuration

In contrast to the single zone system, the multi-zone system can be divided into various independent working zones. The AC3000 allows up to 64 zones. These zones are inter-connected by a transfer zone. Inside this transfer, the carriers are stored in waiting lines. They continue on their route, when the receiving zone is free. Because each zone has an independent air supply, multiple carriers can be in transit simultaneously. This will increase the performance of the system tremendously. In the configuration example below, up to 10 carriers can be travelling simultaneously.

Multi-zone configuration
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AC660 Multi cash Pneumatic Air Tube System

Cash handling systems from Aerocom like the AC660 Multi Cash system connects checkout points with a receiving station (a safe or lockable cabinet door) located in a secure area such as a main office. Stations can be positioned horizontally or vertically, depending on the layout and design of the checkout area. Typical applications include banks, toll stations, casinos and supermarkets. The PC or microprocessor controlled Multi Cash system allows total control and flexibility.

Features of the AC660/MultiCash System

  • PC or microprocessor controlled system
  • Graphical windows platform available
  • Extendable up to 50 stations
  • Remote maintenance
  • Report generator for all despatch and receiving activities
  • Data exchange of all sending information
  • All despatch information will be displayed
  • Authorisation at the sending stations with swipe-card, pin-code or with transponder reader
  • Continuous monitoring of electronics and power supply devices

System Example


AC6000 Multicash Pneumatic Air Tube System

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Bespoke System designs for Unique Applications

Through expertise and experience, Aerocom can design, manufacture, deliver and install a bespoke system tailored to the customer’s specific needs. If it can be done, Aerocom can do it!

Perhaps you didn't see a system or specific application for your business or to meet your requirements, give us a call!! With eighty years of pneumatic air tube experience, and over 1000 installations in Ireland and the UK, we encountered plenty of interesting requests and challenges. We’re sure we can be innovative to your needs.

Perhaps you require special carriers or inserts for carriers to move special samples for testing, or the development of station designs or layout to best fit your building infrastructure, Aerocom can do it. Perhaps it requires the incorporation of special air filtration systems for operation in sterile or clean room environments, or noise suppression for environments that call for silent operation. No problem. Aerocom engineers have the know-how to design a system to meet just about any condition.

The first step is to contact your Aerocom representative and set an appointment to discuss your application. It would not be uncommon for us to have an immediate solution available. Aerocom has tube sizes of up to 300mm that can carry in excess of 10 kilos. Aerocom products range from simple point-to-point systems, to complex systems that interconnect over 500 stations and run multiple carriers simultaneously. A specification that would be custom to some, is often standard for Aerocom.

Pharmapost

A great example of our flexibility in design is our integration with pharmacy robotic technology. Aerocom GmbH have developed integrated programming with some of the leading pharmacy robot manufacturers, we have already several installations in the UK and Ireland.

Pharmapost system

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With our customer base, experience and technology we are certain to be your first point of contact for integrated systems. Our commitment to futuristic innovations keeps Aerocom the market leader worldwide. Whether you require a standard system, large or small, or if your system, when complete, will be like nothing the industry has ever or will ever see again, Aerocom is sure to have the solution. Contact us today for an appointment or survey!

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