University Hospital, Basel
Since 2011, VIPA control systems have been clinically tested
Firmly established in Europe and designed to serve 150,000 patients per year, the University Hospital in Basel complex looks similar to a mid-sized exhibition center. It includes several research centers, the most modern surgical methods, and an acute circulatory problem - diagnosis: an outdated conveyor technology. Gilgen Logistics AG was called on to help and decided in favor of VIPA control technology.
Successful emergency operation on an age-worn system
The conveyor system consists of two underground transport systems with 4.5 kilometers of tracks and 45 elevators. There is a laundry and meal line that transport at fixed times and a spontaneous system used for medication, x-rays, or laboratory materials. A system that you have to be able to rely on one hundred percent. But it was still controlled by transistor technology, and due to the absence of container tracking, a search party had to be sent into the catacombs more than once to search for vital medicines and hot meals.
New nerve center with SPEED7 CPUs as a pacemaker
Gilgen Logistics AG installed a new network with an ultra-modern control system, shipment tracking, and visualization software. They connected 59 CPUs via Ethernet but separated the subnets, making total failures impossible. The notoriously reliable SPEED7 technology has prevented minor breakdowns and prepared the system for a planned expansion of the hospital. In short: the operation was successful.