Swisslog Unveils New 4-Inch Carrier Compatible with Any Computerized Pneumatic Tube System

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Users will see significant reduction in maintenance costs from not having to replace broken carriers or disintegrating wear bands.

Swisslog, a leading provider of automated materials transport and pharmacy automation solutions for hospitals, today began selling a technologically superior 4-inch carrier that works with any computerized pneumatic tube system, not just those made by Swisslog.

A carrier is a reusable polycarbonate container that holds and protects small medical items sent through a pneumatic tube system.

Because of its sophisticated engineering and robust construction, which includes patented DuraBand wear bands, Swisslog’s new 4-inch carrier will deliver a significant return-on-investment (ROI) by reducing maintenance and replacement costs.

“Clients will find great value from our new 4-inch carrier on two fronts,” said Jim Patrician, senior vice president of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions. “First, they will experience an excellent ROI related to the dramatically reduced need to systematically replace carrier wear bands. Second, and no less important, is that due to the lack of wear band corruption the carriers will travel through and arrive at PTS stations impact free, a requirement for the transportation of many lab and pharmacy items.”

In addition to DuraBands -- patented technology available only on Swisslog carriers -- the new 4-inch carrier features the following:

  •     Color and half-color configurations for easy identification
  •     Payload capacity to hold a 1000 ml IV bag
  •     Interlocking halves, which prevent opening inside the tube system
  •     Flat-ends for space-saving vertical storage

Optional features include:

  •     Patented RFID technology for traceability and dedicated assignment to specific depts.
  •     Patent-pending BacStop anti-microbial technology, which helps prevent the spread of harmful bacteria

Swisslog’s new 4-inch universal carrier is backed by a one-year unlimited manufacturer’s warranty. This warranty is unmatched by any other carrier maker.

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is the leading supplier of logistics automation solutions for healthcare facilities. Swisslog has installed automated materials transport and pharmacy automation systems in more than 3,000 hospitals around the world, including more than 2,000 in North America. Swisslog offers total systems design, manufacturing, installation and customer support providing a complete supply chain management approach to the logistics challenges of hospitals. The North American division of Swisslog Healthcare Solutions is based in Denver, CO.

About Swisslog
Swisslog is a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals. Its comprehensive services portfolio ranges from building complex warehouses and distribution centers to implementing Swisslog's own software to intra-company logistics solutions for hospitals.

Swisslog’s solutions optimize customers’ production, logistics and distribution processes in order to increase flexibility, responsiveness and quality of service while minimizing logistics costs. With years of experience in the development and implementation of integrated logistics solutions, Swisslog provides the expertise that customers in more than 50 countries rely on.

Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog currently employs over 2,000 staff in about 20 countries worldwide. The group’s parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1232462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG.S). For more information, visit


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