1. What is ETV system?
Answer: ETV stands for Electric Track Vehicle. It is the most advanced transport solution for hospitals of more than 100 beds. It’s a rail-based conveyor system that moves in horizontal and vertical direction with one single system of flexible modular construction. The system has intelligent and self-disinfecting containers with constant monitoring of transport activity. It is designed to hospital goods transport and it takes load up to 15 kg.
2. What is the maximum load that can be carried by UniCar?
Answer: Maximum load capacity of UniCar is 15 Kg.
3. Which material and goods be transported in UniCar? Can you mention it in % of hospital small and medium goods that can be transported?
Answer: All materials except food & Linen (Examples: Patients consumables/disposables/blood packs/infusion drip sets/medicine/patients files/radionuclides/X-ray films/ CDs/ sterile instruments). So it can transport 90% of hospital small and medium goods.
4. What is size of UniCar trolley and internal dimensions?
Answer: Closed, self-propelled container for transportation of small goods within buildings. It transports upright, suspended and vertical in two directions of travel. L480xW230xH330mm (volume capacity 37.0 liter)
5. How safe and secure are the goods with Telelift’s UniCar? Is there any cross contamination possible?
Answer: Once cover is closed and when it starts moving it cannot be open until it reaches the destination station. A PIN number code can be set by sender if needed. To avoid cross contamination, every trolley can be regularly cleaned/swiped with alcohol disinfectant which is in most hospitals a standard operating procedure. Additionally do not forget our Antimicrobial coating and the optional UV Light disinfection which is available now, build in trolley.
6. How is hygiene maintained in UniCar? How frequently it needs to be cleaned and what is the procedure for same?
Answer: Please see above and it all depends on hospital standards, key point is the Antimicrobial coating and a very easy swiping/cleaning the inside of the trolley/container.
7. How UniCar (Telelift) is better than PTS?
Answer: Firstly, the 15 times payload (15Kg) per trip and that it can be locked. It can be tracked and monitored, can document all transaction, on demand or pre-planned routing, easily expanded, low running and maintenance costs and last but not least increasing productivity, reliability and efficiency.
8. What is the space requirement form installation of the system? Do we require more space than PTS?
Answer: It does not take more space than the PTS for all ceiling installation but PTS needs a dedicated plant/machine room at basement for all pumps/diverter etc. (we only need PC and monitor). Stations can be customized to park from 1- 10 trolleys if needed and the rest of trolleys can be parked inside ceiling.
9. What is minimum height of sealing required to install the system?
Answer: From floor to false ceiling recommendation will be 2.6/3.2 meters for visible installation and for non-visible (inside false ceiling) we need from raw concrete to false ceiling about 0.6 meter.
10. Does the system need to be installed before construction?
Answer: For new hospitals, it will be progressive installation. For finished hospitals it can be convenient at any time.
11. What is the amount of sound produced?
Answer: For well-maintained trolleys, the sound is low, similar to moving a surgical microscope (30-40 decibels)
12. When one can expect the return on investment in 300 bed hospital?
Answer: ROI calculation will depend on savings on buying 1 or 2 elevators less, as our trolleys can go up/down. Then, power consumption, labor costs, and lift maintenance costs, intangible costs like unsecured delivery loosing valuable items, tracking/documentations in case of legal case: These are additional related costs to be saved. ROI generally comes in 2-3 years. ROI is faster if hospitals beds are more.
13. What is the transportation time?
Answer: For every 100 meters it will take about 2.5 mins.
14. What is the process for empty container management? Can you track the container?
Answer: Every container/trolley has its own IP address so they are visible on the PC screen (monitoring and tracking when is moving). For managing empty trolleys you can instruct it to be parked at certain levels of the entire building/station to wait for further instructions. But better would be if we can check with users their logistic flow/demand and we can program the trolleys accordingly.
15. What is the life cycle of the system?
Answer: From installation and with regular maintenance it should last at least 30 years.
16. What is the electricity consumption for a 300 bed hospital project? Is it more than PTS system?
Answer: As our system is ON DEMAND. This means no power needed with no transport (not like PTS which will to maintain residual power. Therefore our trolley consumes 5 watthours (almost negligible) and PTS 76 watthours per trip. Using this information you can multiply the daily/monthly/yearly trips with the local energy costs to get the estimated running costs regarding energy consumption.
17. What in case of power failure?
Answer: After the power is restored, the information is stored in the trolley and still there. If it is the station terminal, it will resend the last info back to the trolley. Hence it knows where to go. This is not possible with PTS.
18. What are associated hazards and how you overcome them?
Answer: Most common problem is OVERLOADING the trolley so instead of 15 Kg they stuff 16/17 Kg etc. and when the trolley climb vertically it will stop due to the weight. So we have an optional weighing scale that can be installed at certain stations with high throughput.
19. Is there any air contamination like PTS system in ETV?
Answer: No, as we do not suck and push the unfiltered air in the plant/machine room at basement to various ICU/CCU etc.
20. What are chances of failure or break down in your system?
Answer: Once the system is well installed and with yearly preventive checks/maintenance it will fly like an aero plane for the next 30-40 years before you scrapped it.