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Cardiff Airport installs PPE vending machine for travellers

Bridgend-based United Tooling Solutions (UTS) Group has launched a new vending solution, PPE Vend.

The vending machine is designed to help the public remain safe and secure on the go by offering easy access to certified personal protective equipment (PPE).

The machine is suitable for a range of public spaces where PPE may be required, such as airports, bus terminals, railway stations and shopping centres. 

Members of the public can purchase individual items or multi-packs of personal protective equipment and hygiene products e.g. British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) grade reusable face-coverings and hand sanitiser, using contactless payment. A digital receipt, sent via e-mail, is optional. Automated real-time stock reports help avoid stock-out situations.

PPE Vend offers direct and easy access to certified personal protective equipment.

All products available through PPE Vend are professionally checked, tested and certified against necessary British and EU safety standards. 

Cardiff Airport Installation

Travel companies and operators have been quick to welcome the launch of PPE Vend.  Cardiff Airport, for example, installed two PPE Vend machines in June as it prepared to welcome passengers back to the terminal.

Mark Bailey, director of planning and development at Cardiff Airport, said:

“The safety and security of our team and customers is our number one priority, and we’ve been working hard over the past few months putting in place safety measures so that passengers can travel with confidence through Cardiff Airport. The PPE Vend machines are fantastic additions to the terminal, enabling us to provide our customers with the option to purchase any additional PPE they may need for their journey.”

PPE Vend was the brainchild of UTS sales director, Ed Thomas who saw an opportunity to supply high-quality safety equipment to the public, which met the same standards as products used in the medical, manufacturing & trade industries.

Mr Thomas said: “The idea came early into the pandemic after seeing a lot of poor-quality PPE enter the market.  With our proven experience in PPE supplies and vending solutions, I felt that we could provide the public with safe and easy access to good-quality, and where possible, environmentally friendly products. 

“We understood that personal protective equipment would be critical in enabling lockdown restrictions to be eased and in some areas, such as public transport, may become mandatory.  PPE Vend provides a safeguarding solution for the public, and supports transport providers and operators, alongside retail and entertainment organisations as they navigate a safe return to work.

“We can’t predict how long this outbreak will be here, however, businesses like ours will continue to innovate and provide solutions such as PPE Vend.”