University Hospital, Basel

Since 2011 VIPA has even been clinically tested.

The university hospital in Basel is firmly established in Europe. Even purely in terms of area, the complex is similar to a mid-sized exhibition ground. It was designed for 150,000 patients per year, including several research centers, the most up to date operation methods - and an acute circulatory problem. Diagnosis: A completely outdated conveyor technology. Gilgen Logistics AG was called on to help and decided in good time on control technology from VIPA.

Successful emergency operation on an age-worn system.

The conveyor technology consists of two subterranean transport systems with 4.5 kilometers of tracks and 45 elevators. There is a kind of line operation on which the laundry and above all the meals are transported at fixed times, and a spontaneous transport system, used if needed for drugs, X-ray images or laboratory materials. A system, on which you must be able to rely 100%. But: It was still being controlled by transistor technology, and, in the absence of container tracking, a search party had to be sent into the catacombs more than once to look for important drugs and warm meals. 

New nerve center with SPEED7-CPUs as pacemaker.

Finally a completely new network was installed including an ultramodern guidance system, shipment tracking and visualization software. The 59 CPUs are connected via Ethernet, but the partial networks are separated from each other. Total failures are therefore impossible and the proverbial reliability of SPEED 7 technology has so far prevented any small glitches. And now the system is also well prepared for the planned expansion of the hospital. In short: operation successful.