B&Q Improves Sustainability and Safety with PCL Tyre Inflation Units

PCL Tyre Inflation Units

DIY giant B&Q is installing PCL’s D93 Air and Water Tower at its distribution centres to provide visitors and staff with a free tyre inflation facility. 

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The new complimentary service allows customers access to the latest digital tyre inflation equipment, along with information about how to inflate tyres to the correct tyre pressure, for both safety and cost savings through decreased fuel consumption and extended tyre life.  

The company’s Redhouse Distribution Centre in Doncaster was the first to receive the tyre inflation unit as part of the company’s drive to improve sustainability and ensure safety best practice. Following a call from B&Q, PCL Business Development Manager Olly Shortland carried out an on-site inspection and risk assessment in order to identify a suitable area for the installation and advise on the best product specification. B&Q then instructed a local building service to complete the necessary groundworks for an electrical and water supply so that the D93 Air and Water combination unit with built-in compressor could be installed. 

The machine was manufactured and calibrated by PCL at its state-of-the-art factory in Sheffield and delivered and installed within the agreed time frame. B&Q also fitted protective barriers around the machine, featuring supporting information on tyre inflation and the importance of accurate tyre pressure. Further centres are now being equipped with a similar set-up. 

The D93 is PCL’s latest air tower design, built in the UK and constructed to meet the exacting and testing demands of the modern petrol forecourt, whilst also providing an attractive and stylish appearance with room for corporate branding. Designed for harsh environments with a stainless steel or painted galvanized steel casing, all components - from the housing through to the tyre inflator, hoses and even the radiator filler - are robust and built for ease of use, reliability and long life.  

Units can be customised from PCL’s standard specification to suit individual customer requirements, making them ideal for retail outlets like B&Q where towers are required for multiple sites.  

The D93 tyre inflator is also designed for simplicity of use, featuring a default to safe setting and a large easy to read 30mm LCD transflective backlit screen as standard – making tyre inflation straightforward for B&Q’s visitors and staff.  

Olly Shortland said: “We were delighted to be contacted by B&Q for this project. Providing a free and convenient tyre inflation facility is a fantastic way to encourage drivers to ensure their tyres are inflated accurately. PCL’s D93 Air and Water Tower provides a versatile and user-friendly solution for B&Q’s sites, and can include additional options such as screenwash and a Nitrogen generator for units without an internal compressor.  

Olly added: “B&Q’s forward-thinking operation is a great example of how large distribution centres or companies with a large car park can offer a value-added service. We also offer air, air and water, vacuum and vacuum and fragrance machines with or without payment systems, which means we can provide tyre inflation services to be offered as a complimentary facility or a service aimed at generating additional revenue.” 

About the author

Charlotte Nahon is the Communications and Digital Executive for Commercial Tyre Business. Since 2018, Charlotte has been in the Digital and Communications sector, working in Canada as well as Spain. Her degree is in Communication Studies from the University of Ottawa, and ever since graduating she has been writing for multiple sectors including automotive, energy, education, pharmaceuticals and more. 

Email: charlotte.nahon@retreadingbusiness.com

Phone: (44) 1270 668 718

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