Travis Perkins Hire, part of the Travis Perkins plc Group and one of the UK's leading small plant, tool and access hire organisations, has purchased a Wash Rack cleaning system from the construction equipment manufacturer, Tower Light UK.
The Wash Rack is a self contained washing system designed to thoroughly clean a line of plant and machinery whilst protecting the wider environment from contaminates commonly found on construction equipment. It is swiftly installed on site or in a depot and can be made ready for use in just a few hours.
Steve Ryan, the Travis Perkins Hire Midlands Operations Manager, explained: "I first saw the Wash Rack system at Coventry's Executive Hire Show and I was immediately struck with the way it operated and its' obvious environmental qualities. Upon closer examination, I soon released that the versatility and portability of the Wash Rack would make it ideally suited for many of the branches under my control. Should I decide to expand or relocate branches I can remove and re-site the Wash Rack with the minimum of disruption."
The Wash Rack features a sturdy low angle approach ramp which allows even low profile equipment being swiftly located onto the wash pad. The wash pad has a diamond patterned tread, with grit impregnated surface for to ensure excellent traction, with no undulations or any other trip or slip hazards. The Wash Rack operates from recycled water and therefore alleviates the need to apply for a discharge licence.
With environmental responsibilities at the centre of their activities, Travis Perkins Hire were impressed with the Wash Rack's separation tanks that securely isolates diesel, petrol, oils, grease and other chemicals, making these hazardous contaminates ready for proper disposal. This process helps to secure the safe disposal of all environmentally risky material. The complete unit has a 300 kg per wheel load capacity and will support plant and equipment up to 1200kg in weight. The Wash Rack can be installed above ground as a semi-permanent installation and its 2-metre high walls will help to ensure that overspray is kept to a minimum.
The Wash Rack is set to be installed at the Travis Perkins Hire branch based at Melton Mowbray, in Leicestershire. Travis Perkins Hire will roll out additional units as the company continues their current expansion programme.
Paul Hay, from TowerLight (UK), explained, "The Wash Rack was developed for the rental industry who are having to comply with increasing environmental and health and safety legislation especially related towards the cleaning of plant and the drainage of dirty water. Currently, the only option they have is to install a permanent tank, which invariably involves some sort of ground excavation."
"This can be bureaucratic and expensive and some firms may find it difficult to obtain planning permission," continued Paul. "Therefore the Wash Rack is a more efficient, effective and cost saving way to overcome the problems that our rental customers face when cleaning plant. We are very pleased that Travis Perkins Hire has recognised all the features and benefits of our Wash Rack system."