Vaibhav Barot | 14 December, 2023
Introduction: Why Sustainability Matters in Tube Systems
Sustainability is more than just a buzzword; it’s becoming a core principle across within the healthcare space. But why should tube systems, often seen as mere infrastructure, be any different?
As it turns out, with the continuous growth in scale and complexity of tube system networks, adopting sustainable practices is not only a way to help health systems save down the line but also a key to long-term operational viability. Let’s dive into why sustainability is crucial in this realm.
Energy-Efficient Designs: A Leap Forward
The traditional tube systems, though practical, don't have a particular emphasis on energy usage. Modern tube systems, however, are taking a different approach. Designers are now incorporating energy-efficient motors and variable speed drives that significantly reduce electricity consumption. As it sits, the average US hospital spends approximately $72k per month on electricity.
By automating the speed based on load and using intelligent sleep modes when idle, these systems dramatically cut operational costs and environmental impact alike.
Material Innovations: From Waste to Resource
Gone are the days when tube systems were primarily constructed from materials that had detrimental effects on the environment. Advancements in materials science mean some tube system components can now be built using recycled or sustainably sourced materials. This not only limits waste but also transforms discarded materials into valuable resources, thereby completing a ’circular economy.’
Intelligent Routing: Less is More
One of the biggest energy sinks in tube systems has been the unnecessary travel of empty or near-empty canisters. Due to smart routing algorithms, these systems can now optimize the path and ensure that canisters are filled to maximum capacity, reducing the total distance traveled. This cuts down on both energy usage and wear and tear, extending the lifespan of the system.