Reliance Precision Limited - News Wed, 19 Aug 2015 16:23:00 +0100 Reliance to Exhibit at DSEI 2015 <p>Reliance Precision will be exhibiting its breadth of specialist design and manufacturing capabilities at DSEI from 15<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;to 18<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;September 2015.&nbsp; Held at the ExCeL centre in London, DSEI is the world's leading defence and security exhibition.</p> <p>The company has supplied the military aerospace and defence industry for over 50 years, where it will feature high performance mechanisms including gears, geared systems, electro-mechanical and opto-mechanical sub-systems.</p> <p>Reliance is an established supplier to global prime contractors and OEMs and is proud to hold the SC21 silver award for business excellence.</p> <p>Reliance looks forward to welcoming visitors to stand S2-240, booth 7, in the NDI pavilion.</p> <p>Visit <a href="" target="_blank"></a> for more information.</p> 1 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 10:54:00 +0100 Business excellence commendation for Reliance <p>As part of the ADS SC21 programme Reliance is regularly assessed for its strategy and implementation of manufacturing and business excellence.</p> <p>In the latest review by one of its key customers together with a manufacturing specialist, both working on behalf of the SC21 assessment team, Reliance was reported as having:</p> <p>'A culture of "Excellence" throughout the company which is endorsed, encouraged and supported by the management team.'</p> <p>David Hood from the Excellence Partnership commented:</p> <p>'It is very evident that all employees are involved and take ownership of business performance and its improvement. The recent development of the continuous improvement team, which allows a broad range of people to be involved in improving the business, is clear evidence of this aspect.'</p> <p>Reliance Precision has held its silver award since February 2012 having achieved consistently high levels of quality and delivery performance.</p> <p>Andrew Wright, Reliance's Managing Director, is delighted with the positive feedback. 'This is recognition of the hard work and focus on continuous improvement across our organisation. The SC21 programme continues to be a relevant and useful methodology aligned to our business strategy.'&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 13:41:00 +0100 Reliance Makes Strides in Environmental Performance <p>Reliance Precision Limited has successfully completed the installation of energy-saving LED lighting across its factory in Huddersfield.</p> <p>This has been part of the company's environmental improvement strategy developed in line with its accreditation to ISO 14001, the international standard for environmental management.&nbsp; This strategy is reviewed twice per year by the senior management team, which reviews and sets targets for improvements in this important area.&nbsp;</p> <p>A new heating solution has also been recently installed which maintains the temperature of the factory to 21&deg;C +/- 2&deg;.&nbsp; As well as reducing the amount of energy used it has led to improvements in the consistency and repeatability of the manufacturing processes. &nbsp;</p> <p>The lighting project - supported by a grant from Kirklees Council - has replaced a mixture of old style fluorescent and incandescent lighting with the latest LED technology.&nbsp; These lights typically use less electricity and give a daylight spectrum of light to improve the working environment.</p> <p>The trial roll out across the factory has been so effective that plans are now in place to extend this style of lighting into the office areas.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Fri, 22 May 2015 09:09:00 +0100 Space science is real and we do it in Huddersfield. <p>A spectacular night of music, dance and poetry recently showcased the musical skills of young people from Huddersfield, including a choir of two hundred primary school pupils and the Kirklees Youth Symphony Orchestra. The theme was astronomy - "the Mighty Sky" - and with its involvement in space engineering Reliance Precision was honoured to be a sponsor of the event.</p> <p>Andrew Wright, Reliance's Managing Director, explained to parents and children the importance of bringing young people into engineering as a profession, and the exciting opportunities open to the next generation of engineers.</p> <p>The organisers of the event reported that "adults and children were surprised that a small company, tucked into a green hillside, was making such important technical products for space and wanting local apprentices to consider them as a career option. This was an important message: Space science is real and we do it in Huddersfield."</p> <p><a href="/assets/uploads/1432132255EiS-May2015_Mighty_Sky_Nick_article.pdf" target="_blank">Read the full article written by Nick Swift</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Tue, 12 May 2015 10:41:00 +0100 Miniature Actuation Solutions for Steeper’s bebionic hand <p>Sales of the latest version of the&nbsp;<em>bebionic</em>&nbsp;hand are exceeding expectations at Steeper and Reliance is delighted to be continuing its strong supplier relationship with one of the world's leading prosthetics companies as the&nbsp;<em>bebionic</em>&nbsp;range expands.</p> <p>Following on from its involvement in the design and manufacture of the original&nbsp;<em>bebionic</em>&nbsp;hand Reliance has continued to provide design support to Steeper during the 12 month development programme for the new small hand.</p> <p>For use by a female or teenager the latest hand has been designed to provide the same level of functionality as the original hand but lighter and in a smaller space envelope.&nbsp; The design has been undertaken by Steeper's engineering team with Reliance acting as an industrialisation partner, giving feedback on the design in terms of manufacturability and commercial profile and providing prototype parts as the design progressed.</p> <p>Reliance supplies the finger actuation for the hand, providing a complete gear and leadscrew assembly, incorporating parts based on its catalogue product range including modified catalogue gears, manufactured by Reliance, together with a standard leadscrew and special, modified leadscrew nut.</p> <p>The design aim was to bring the original&nbsp;<em>bebionic</em>&nbsp;hand into a smaller space envelope, so the design of Reliance's finger actuators is similar to the previous&#8230; 1 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:15:00 +0000 IMechE Accreditation For Reliance’s Apprenticeship Scheme <p>Reliance is proud to announce that its apprenticeship scheme has been formally recognised by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE).&nbsp;</p> <p>Reliance has enjoyed a long association with the Institution through its graduate engineering programme and this latest step expands the company's engagement to include the youngest members of its team.&nbsp; Andrew Wright, Managing Director is delighted: "The accreditation is a fitting recognition of the company's 60 years of apprentice training and our sustained investment in our engineering capabilities and skills for the future."</p> <p>The company is currently recruiting for its apprentice intake for summer 2015 and welcomes applicants to download the apprenticeship scheme application form from the <a href="/en/Apprenticeship-Scheme">Reliance website</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Wed, 11 Feb 2015 12:10:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at W3+ Fair 2015 <p>Reliance Precision Limited will be exhibiting its breadth of specialist design, manufacturing and assembly capabilities at the W3+ Fair, to be held at the Rittal Arena, Wetzlar, Germany on the 25<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and 26<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;March.</p> <p>High performance opto-mechanical sub-systems and high vacuum mechanisms will be featured, including electro-mechanical sub-systems and precision motion control products.</p> <p>Reliance is an established supplier to global prime contractors and OEMs in the scientific, analytical and medical industries, providing standard and modified catalogue products through to custom designed components and assemblies.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Limited at stand E16a.</p> <p><a class="twitter-timeline-link" dir="ltr" href="" rel="nofollow" title="" target="_blank"><span class="invisible">http://</span><span class="js-display-url"></span><span class="invisible"></span><span class="tco-ellipsis"><span class="invisible">&nbsp;</span></span></a><span> </span></p> 1 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 14:23:00 +0000 Reliance Hosts NDI SC21 Event <p>Reliance welcomed 12 visitors to its Huddersfield design and manufacturing facility as part of NDI's regional SC21 cluster event.&nbsp; The NDI members represented organisations from a diverse industry base, providing a wide variety of skills and capabilities and had come together to share best practice and lessons learned from their SC21 activities.</p> <p>Reliance has been involved in the SC21 business excellence programme for a number of years and currently holds the silver award.&nbsp; The NDI SC21 regional cluster visit provided the opportunity to share how it is applying SC21 methodologies across all areas of its business, covering design and manufacturing through to commercial and strategic business management.</p> <p>Thanking Reliance for putting on the event, David Hood from The Excellence Partnership - who runs the cluster - said:</p> <p>"I feel the way you presented the business showed many really good examples of what excellent businesses do, and I could see it gave the cluster a great deal to think about.</p> <p>The cluster has previously recognised the challenge of getting staff involved with improvement; from what we saw during our visit, Reliance's approach for addressing this issue is clearly embedded in their DNA, which is brilliant!"</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Tue, 20 Jan 2015 12:04:00 +0000 Reliance’s Support Helps Give Finmeccanica-Selex ES Winning Bid in the Manufacturer of the Year Awards <p>Reliance Precision congratulates Finmeccanica-Selex ES on their resounding success at the Manufacturer of the Year awards as winners in the category of 'Supply Chain Excellence'.</p> <p>The 2014 awards, organised by 'The Manufacturer' magazine were held at The ICC in Birmingham on December 11<sup>&nbsp;&nbsp;</sup>attracting an event record audience of over 1,000 guests. In an evening which showcased the best in British industry, Finmeccanica-Selex ES won their category with the support of Reliance and other supply chain associates. Reliance was cited by the judges as a key contributor because Finmeccanica-Selex ES's testimonial was supplier driven. The judges viewed this as far more compelling evidence and a decisive feature in presenting the award.</p> <p>Reliance Precision Ltd has worked with Finmeccanica-Selex ES for a considerable number of years with the relationship gaining significant momentum in 2008 when Finmeccanica-Selex ES invited their supply chain to participate in Finmeccanica-Selex ES's Growth Readiness Review (GRR) project. This initiative created an ongoing culture where the sharing of knowledge and skills became standard practice and where a clear understanding of responsibilities and working relationships was evident at all levels. Today, this means Reliance feels confident in requesting changes or offering suggestions and improvements; a situation only made possible through&#8230; 1 Fri, 09 Jan 2015 11:33:00 +0000 Reliance offers Linear Guides for High Load Applications <p>Closer integration of products has led to a need for linear motion solutions that offer high speed without compromising rigidity, torsional resistance or life. Reliance Precision's range of linear guides are designed for high load, high moment applications and this is made possible due to a unique re-circulating ball design in the carriage which delivers smooth motion, low noise and high accuracy. The guides provide high levels of stiffness to enable the carriage to operate at higher speeds. Forty five degree contact angles and a gothic profile design incorporated into the carriage result in a multi-direction equalisation of force.</p> <p>The linear guides consist of a stainless steel rail and built-in lubrication reservoirs to provide an effective, low maintenance solution. Specially designed seals prevent dust and foreign objects from entering the system.</p> <p>Design engineers can integrate linear guides within higher level assemblies and Reliance Precision has successfully developed a motorised anti-backlash X-Y stage with a positional accuracy of 0.01mm, unloaded repeatability of 0.005mm and a load capacity of 50N. Selected from Reliance's comprehensive catalogue of components, the assembly utilised extra wide slides to cater for moment loads. Internal screw motors and anti-backlash leadscrews provided accurate positional repeatability.</p> <p>Linear guides are available&#8230; 1 Thu, 11 Dec 2014 14:34:00 +0000 Reli-a-Flex® Couplings Survive ‘Robot Wars’ <p>Originally broadcast in the UK, the 'Robot Wars' TV format was subsequently picked up by the Netherlands. 'Robot Wars: The Dutch battles' brought together a range of amateur and professional engineers who constructed a variety of imaginative robotic machines designed to overcome or destroy each other. Dutch Robot Wars now continues un-televised as a vibrant community, participating in a calendar of live robot events.</p> <p>Marien van der Meer is a member of Dutch Team FFR and built 'Gator', one of two robots, so that his young sons could participate in the games. Unfortunately, the robots had a weakness in that the transmission was frequently damaged as it crashed to the arena floor. It was found that the wheels' direct connection to the shaft/motor assembly often resulted in broken transmissions; presenting ongoing cost issues for Marien and the team.</p> <p>While Marien was searching for a solution to prevent the transmission from breaking, he came across a sample Reli-a-Flex aluminium coupling that Reliance had given him years before at a trade show. He subsequently contacted Reliance's design team for advice; enquiring whether this type of coupling would be robust enough to solve the problem:</p> <p>"After contacting Reliance, they sent me four Reli-a&#8230; 1 Tue, 09 Dec 2014 11:07:00 +0000 Ventilation Screws from Reliance Precision <p>Mainly used in clean room outgassing chamber environments, Reliance's stainless steel ventilation socket head cap screws are drilled through the central axis to assist cavity ventilation in vacuum and high vacuum assemblies and components. Also available with a slotted head, they are primarily designed to remove or release trapped gas which may otherwise lead to contamination and virtual leaks within clean critical systems. Ventilation screws are often used to release pockets of gas at the base of blind, tapped holes.</p> <p>Ventilated screws require no specialist tools or installation techniques and are manufactured from A4-70 austenitic stainless steel. They are produced to ISO 4762 and 700 MPa (minimum) tensile strength. The threads are rolled to give excellent surface finish, increased hardness and superior thread strength. Metric screw threads to BS 3643 Pt2 are available from Reliance in sizes M1.6 to M6, with imperial sizes and alternative materials available on request. Sizes outside the standard catalogue range can also be requested.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Mon, 08 Dec 2014 12:15:00 +0000 Reliance Supports the Movember Foundation <p>It was earlier this year that Reliance's Michael Clark suggested he might take part in the&nbsp; Movember charity event; an annual global fundraising project "committed to changing the face of men's health." Sponsorship is attracted by the participants growing moustaches throughout November and awareness is raised of the health risks affecting men. Funds go to support 800 programmes in 21 countries where there are critical key challenges. The foundation is primarily concerned with developing an understanding of prostate cancer, testicular cancer and mental health issues.</p> <p>Mick, who joined Reliance's turning department earlier this year, saw first hand what a lack of awareness and experience of health issues can cause when, in a previous employment, a colleague developed testicular cancer. He felt that backing the Movember campaign at Reliance would be an ideal way to help the charity achieve their aims. That idea was supported as numbers swelled quickly into a twenty plus group collectively known as the 'Reliance Moustache Massif'.</p> <p>The 'RMM' cultivated moustaches of many shapes and sizes, with some members unwittingly taking on the appearance of 1970s film extras. Towards the end of the month, most had managed a respectable growth, but more importantly, they had stimulated discussion&#8230; 1 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 09:25:00 +0000 Reliance Plays a Part in Rosetta’s Historic Mission <p>November 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;2014 marked a historic date for the world as news arrived of the success of the Rosetta satellite mission and the landing of the Philae probe onto the surface of Comet 67P.&nbsp;</p> <p>The progress of Rosetta has been followed with interest at Reliance Precision in Huddersfield where gears were manufactured for use on the satellite.&nbsp; The team at Reliance is thrilled to be contributing to such a prestigious project as Managing Director, Andrew Wright, explains: "There is something very satisfying about knowing our components are not only performing perfectly after 10 years, but are doing so in deep space at a distance of around 500 million km from our works here in Huddersfield".</p> <p>The gears have played a vital role throughout the satellite's journey in rotating the two 15 meter solar panels, enabling them to perpetually face the sun: a crucial function given that Rosetta has no internal batteries and relies entirely on solar energy for electricity.</p> <p>Since Reliance first manufactured the Rosetta gears in 1999 the company has continued to support the space industry, supplying custom-built gears for a variety of satellite applications.&nbsp; Technical Director, Ian Laidler, who has recently chaired the UK's Space Mechanisms Working Group explains:&#8230; 1 Mon, 10 Nov 2014 11:19:00 +0000 Reliance Supports Next Generation Treatment for Prostate Cancer <p>Reliance Precision is continuing its collaboration with French company EDAP TMS in providing mechatronic components and design support to help launch Focal One<sup>&reg;</sup>, the latest generation of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) systems designed to treat&nbsp; localised prostate cancer. Focal One<sup>&reg;</sup>&nbsp;brings together all requirements for accurate and MR-fused imaging; incorporating a precise and efficient, non invasive, therapeutic procedure and end-of-treatment validation imaging. Urologists use a PC to identify the area damaged by lesions and ultrasound waves destroy the affected area. Unlike radiation treatment, this procedure specifically targets the abnormal area, leaving healthy surrounding tissue undamaged. Studies have shown that following treatment, 95% of men experience full recovery within a twelve month period and suffer no major side effects.</p> <p>EDAP identified the need for a smaller, more integrated device which would also benefit from being mobile and, following a successful early involvement with the Ablatherm<sup>&reg;</sup>, a previous HIFU unit, EDAP chose to return to Reliance for further technical advice and product supply.</p> <p>For the Focal One<sup>&reg;</sup>, the efficacy of previous models was to be maintained but within an even tighter working envelope. This raised a number of challenging engineering problems which EDAP solved by using Reliance's extensive range of modifiable standard&#8230; 1 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:01:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at SPS,IPC,Drives 2014 <p>Reliance Precision Limited will be exhibiting its latest drives and motor capabilities at SPS, Germany's electric automation systems and components show, to be held at the Exhibition Centre, Nuremberg, from 25<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;to 27<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;November.</p> <p>A diverse range of products will be featured including rotary and linear intelligent servo systems, precision gearboxes, couplings and a wide range of standard and modified positioning solutions. A product integration and design support service complements an extensive range of parts for high vacuum applications. All vacuum compliant motors, components and sub-assemblies are assembled and subject to full test and validation within a class 6 cleanroom environment.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Limited at Stand 1-600, located in Hall 1.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 08:54:00 +0000 Reliance’s ‘Cool Muscle’ Delivers Accurate Tidal Simulation <p>In January 2013, a paper was published by two petroleum engineers from Curtin University (Australia) and Imperial College London (UK) which investigated how the action of tides can affect oil and water saturations in the capillary transition zone.</p> <p>The capillary transition zone is an area where oil saturations in underground oil reservoirs change with height due to the combination of capillary and buoyancy forces. This can significantly influence the oil distribution in the reservoir and it is important to understand this in detail to design efficient oil recovery schemes. The paper investigated the influence of semi-diurnal lunar tides on this transition zone.</p> <p>Stefan Iglauer and Ann Muggeridge constructed a model that would accurately mimic these sinusoidal changes in height and pressure. Three cylindrical columns, one metre high with a 100mm internal diameter were filled with sand and a varying change in air/water contact was applied for 90 days. A reservoir was connected to the columns which moved up and down in a way that simulated the M2 semidiurnal lunar tide. This was made possible by mounting the reservoir on a platform attached to a linear slide which was in turn connected to Reliance's Cool Muscle Motor.</p> <p>It was the accuracy&#8230; 1 Mon, 27 Oct 2014 16:03:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at Precisiebeurs 2014 <p>Reliance Precision Limited will be exhibiting its breadth of specialist design, manufacturing and assembly capabilities at the Precisiebeurs exhibition, to be held at the NH Conference Centre Koningshof, Veldhoven, The Netherlands on the 12<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;and 13<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;November.</p> <p>High performance instrumentation and high vacuum mechanisms will be featured including gears, geared systems, electro-mechanical, opto-mechanical sub-systems.</p> <p>Reliance is an established supplier to global prime contractors and OEMs in the scientific, aerospace and defence industries, actively engaged in the SC21 Supply Chain Programme, having achieved the silver award.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Limited at stand 147.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Fri, 26 Sep 2014 08:18:00 +0100 Reliance Precision Fishing Trophy 2014 <p>Employees from Reliance Precision recently enjoyed a great day's fishing in the beautiful surroundings of Magdale Pond in Honley, Holmfirth. After welcome rounds of bacon and sausage sandwiches, courtesy of MD Andrew Wright and family, the first Reliance Fishing Trophy got swiftly underway with Sales Manager Philip Wilson landing a sizeable carp; the catch that would become the eventual winner.</p> <p>Although the fishing itself was slow, the Reliance spirit was not dampened and a pleasant late summer's day out, with lively competition and friendly banter, was had by all. Trophy organiser Michael Troop also enjoyed the day and expressed his thanks to everyone who took part; suggesting the competition could become an annual event.</p> <p>Congratulations to Philip Wilson on becoming the first Reliance Precision fishing champion. Runners up were Ken Jolley and Jay Mawdsley, taking second and third places respectively. The team prize went to Philip Wilson and Andy Kendall.</p> 1 Tue, 23 Sep 2014 15:25:00 +0100 Reliance to Exhibit at the Engineering Design Show 2014 <p>Reliance precision will be exhibiting at the Engineering Design Show in Coventry from 22<sup>nd</sup>&nbsp;to 23<sup>rd&nbsp;</sup>October 2014. Held at the Ricoh Arena and now in its third year, the show encompasses all aspects of engineering design under one roof and is aimed entirely at the design sector.</p> <p>Reliance will be joining over 200 market leaders and suppliers at the show and will feature its extensive online and printed catalogue of precision motion control components and electro-mechanical assemblies.</p> <p>Reliance's catalogue of standard products offers a fast and comprehensive source for design engineers working in accurate rotary or linear motion. Customised and modified parts are also available for individual applications and Reliance's technical team are able to provide an excellent design support service; providing back up during new product design and development projects. Using standard catalogue products, customers can create complete solutions and cost-effective assemblies for prototyping, full production and test.</p> <p>Reliance Precision looks forward to welcoming visitors to stand F40.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Tue, 09 Sep 2014 12:02:00 +0100 Reliance Precision Offer Precise Motion Transfer Equipment <p>Reliance Precision offers a wide range of motion control solutions, including hybrid linear actuators engineered using custom thermoplastics and incorporating stainless steel leadscrews. Complementing Reliance's standard range of gears, couplings and hardware products, these low maintenance actuators are quieter, more efficient and more durable when compared to standard Acme thread and bronze nut configurations. Captive, non-captive and external shaft leadscrew actuators allow the conversion of rotary to linear motion to occur within the motor by means of an integrated motor and nut. Zero transmission of error is a benefit of this design which eliminates the need for shaft coupling or shaft and pulley arrangements.</p> <p>Reliance can supply linear actuators that are ideal for high performance, accurate transfer of motion within a small working envelope. Typical applications include X-Y tables, medical and scientific instrumentation and other applications that require a combination of precise positioning, rapid motion and long life. The hybrid linear actuators are available in NEMA frame sizes 8 to 34, with the size 34 (87 mm<sup>2</sup>) able to produce up to 222 N of force. 400 full steps per revolution are programmable, as are stepped increments down to as little as 0.003 mm.</p> <p>Bespoke designs can be modified to&#8230; 1 Thu, 21 Aug 2014 11:06:00 +0100 Customer Focused Investment in Manufacturing and Metrology <p><span style="font-size: 22px; line-height: 32.39999771118164px;"></span></p> <h2 align="left"></h2> <p>Reliance Precision, supplier to the global defence and scientific instrument sectors, is currently implementing a phased programme of customer focused investment in manufacturing and metrology equipment.</p> <p>Quality has always been the driving force for Reliance; recently, in response to an intensely cost driven market, the company set itself the twin tasks of remaining commercially competitive while simultaneously increasing quality requirements and performance. To achieve this, there has been an investment in high value equipment that effectively reduces production time and increases accuracy.</p> <p>Innovation in machine tool technology means hard turning of materials up to 68 HRC which enables finish machining of parts in one set up, giving greater accuracies, especially on features such as concentricity, squareness and roundness. Using a Hembrug lathe it is now possible for Reliance to achieve the most demanding of tolerances and surface finish specifications without the need for additional operations. Shorter cycle times and fewer processes mean production can be up to 4 times faster than when using traditional methods. Milling capability has also been enhanced with a Hermle 4 axis machining centre equipped with 'in-process' measurement and 'in-cycle' System 3R pallet loading; again, able to deliver fast,&#8230; 1 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:20:00 +0100 Reli-a-Flex® Precision Couplings Maintain Accuracy Under Misalignment Conditions <p>Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup>&nbsp;one piece precision flexible shaft couplings from Reliance Precision are designed to cope with angular and parallel misalignment while maintaining highly accurate motion transfer between two rotating shafts.</p> <p>The patented design slot feature allows Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup> couplings to maintain the centre piece angle and constant pivot length, even under significant misalignment conditions. Alternative one piece couplings often resemble the Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup> but may have a slot pattern where the pivot points are able to move in and out, causing the centre piece angle to deviate. Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup> couplings however, have been tested at 80% maximum offset for 50,000,000 cycles; producing bi-directional error up to six times less than that of other four beam spiral couplings.</p> <p>Uniform stress levels, combined with accurate angular rotation and a constant pivot length, makes the Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;&nbsp;&nbsp; </sup>one piece flexible shaft coupling the ideal choice for design engineers working in the printing, medical and scientific instrument sectors where it is necessary to maintain predictable and accurate transfer of motion.</p> <p>Available as a standard catalogue product with outside diameters ranging from 6mm to 40mm and manufactured from aircraft grade aluminium alloy, Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup>&nbsp;flexible shaft couplings can also be selected by visiting the online store where a custom coupling can be created&#8230; 1 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 10:28:00 +0100 McLaren Director Inspires Reliance <p>Alan Foster, Operations Director at McLaren, came to Huddersfield in style on May 20th driving a P650S Spider and delivered an inspirational speech about his career to the team at Reliance Precision.</p> <p>Coming from what he described as an "ordinary" background, Alan left school at 16 and began working with Ford as an apprentice toolmaker, earning just &pound;17 a week. With a natural gritty determination and "an obsessive approach to quality and improvement", a hugely successful career has followed spanning a 35 year period across many disciplines in the automotive industry. Various senior roles with Toyota and GM have found him in his current position as Director and Brand Ambassador at McLaren where he now helps head up a business with an annual turnover of around &pound;500m.</p> <p>Addressing Reliance employees, Alan presented a whistle stop tour of the McLaren story interwoven with a series of fascinating career anecdotes. With infectious enthusiasm, he told proudly how he worked his way to the senior role of Operations Director at McLaren. His extraordinary career path captivated the workforce at Reliance, especially the apprentices who were clearly motivated by the key message that it is possible to reach the top, not by chance or&#8230; 1 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 09:05:00 +0100 Reliance to Exhibit at Farnborough International Air Show <p>Reliance Precision Limited, an established supplier to global prime contractors and OEMs in the aerospace and defence industries, will be exhibiting its breadth of specialist design and manufacturing capabilities at Farnborough International Air Show from the 14<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;to 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;July.</p> <p>High performance aerospace and defence mechanisms will be featured including gears, geared systems, electro-mechanical and opto-mechanical sub-systems.&nbsp;With a wealth of experience, Reliance's personnel welcome the opportunity to discuss projects across manned and unmanned platforms, as well as missile systems and optronic payloads.</p> <p>Reliance looks forward to welcoming visitors in Hall 4 Stand B1.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 09:22:00 +0100 Taste of Life as a Reservist Sees Huddersfield Firms Swap Tools for Guns <p><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span></p> <p>Staff from Huddersfield firms Reliance Precision and Mamas &amp; Papas swapped tools for guns and their comfy work space for wild moorland at the end of last week, in a special exercise run by the military.</p> <p>Seven staff from the firms, ranging from junior to senior managers, took part with other organisations from across the region, in a demanding two-day challenge held at Driffield Training Centre, which involved working in teams on a variety of challenges such as launching a search and rescue mission for an RAF downed pilot, evacuating casualties from a Land Rover 'WMIK' hit by an explosive device and erecting a Navy signal.</p> <p>The exercise, called 'Executive Stretch' was run by employees who also serve as Reservists in the Navy, Marines, Army or RAF in units across Yorkshire and the Humber.&nbsp; The two-day course, organised by 150 Transport Regiment, was designed to provide a unique opportunity for business people to enhance their personal leadership, teamwork and communication skills, as well as gain a valuable insight into the transferable skills that Reservists develop during similar training exercises.</p> <p>Daniel Driver, 25, Systems Engineer from Reliance Precision enjoyed every moment of the weekend: "The whole exercise was&#8230; 1 Tue, 03 Jun 2014 08:21:00 +0100 Reliance Anti-Backlash Gears Maintain High Accuracy Positional Feedback <p><span style="font-size: 0.9em;">Reliance's anti-backlash gears are an effective solution in scenarios where angular play might pose a problem within gear motion control mechanisms. Developed over a number of years, the range is ideally suited to scientific instrumentation where accurate positional feedback is of vital importance. The miniature range is especially useful in environments operating within a minimal working envelope.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 0.9em;">Reliance anti-backlash gears have a 2 piece construction method. The fixed plate and hub are manufactured from the same piece of material, providing maximum ruggedness between the hub and the fixed plate; only the floating plate is separate. Many other gear suppliers adopt a 3 piece construction method where the plate, hub and floating plate are manufactured separately and swaging is typically used to join the hub to the fixed plate. This can compromise the ruggedness of the jointing method and is not as reliable in-service as a one piece manufacturing method.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 0.9em;">Rotational tension allows the mechanism to continually adjust during the working life of the gear train. This is beneficial in aerospace and defence applications where steel anti-backlash gears are able to compensate for the thermal expansion and contraction of light aluminium housings.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 0.9em;">When&#8230; 1 Thu, 29 May 2014 08:37:00 +0100 Reliance Precision Announces Major Investment Strategy <p>Reliance Precision is underpinning its standing as a leading player in the defence, aerospace, medical and science instrumentation sectors by announcing a major investment programme in manufacturing and metrology equipment.</p> <p>A robust heritage base, combined with an expanding customer portfolio, has determined investment strategies which will future proof Reliance's business in the supply of precise, accurate, electro-mechanical assemblies and components.</p> <p>With a multi-million pound manufacturing investment plan phased over a 4 year period, the strategy of combining high end precision manufacturing equipment with lean techniques means the company can uphold the high standards demanded by the specialist markets in which it operates. Training the workforce in the latest skills and processes will sustain an environment that promotes accurate, error free work, and continue the efficiency and excellence on which Reliance has built its reputation. Ken Jolley, Operations Manager at Reliance explains:</p> <p>"This investment, when combined with Reliance's unique skill sets, in-house engineering support and purpose built tooling, will ensure that we remain at the top end of the precision engineering market. Our ongoing commitment to quality, combined with significant efforts in the SC21 area, will keep us ahead of the competition."</p> <p>A significant investment in people, plant and metrology, this&#8230; 1 Wed, 28 May 2014 12:30:00 +0100 Reliance Precision Receives Supplier Award from MBDA <p>Reliance Precision has been presented with a silver award by MBDA Missile Systems for high levels of achievement set against performance and excellence expectations for 2013.</p> <p>MBDA evaluate suppliers based on 5 main criteria in the recognition process; focussing on delivery, commercial, technical innovation, quality and supply chain management. Reliance's receptive approach to flexibility, providing effective partnership through technical innovation and design, was a key factor in gaining this award.</p> <p>Reliance's Managing Director, Andrew Wright, received the award on behalf of the company and commented:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "I am delighted that MBDA have singled out our co-operation for recognition and am especially pleased that technical development features as an important element of this award. We pride ourselves on solving difficult problems as well as providing first class value for money. This award is also nice recognition on the work we have done with MBDA on supply chain.&nbsp; Our close collaboration on quality has lead to the Supply Chain for the Twenty First Century (SC21) award at the silver level, which attests to a performance amongst the very best suppliers to the defence, space and aerospace industries."</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:12:00 +0100 Bar Clutch Shaft Couplings from Reliance <p>New to the Reliance standard product range of precision parts and components is the RSKPK bar clutch shaft coupling. This is a rotary motion transfer solution for mechanical design engineers requiring a cost effective, electrically insulated and maintenance free coupling which has good resistance to many invasive solvents and chemicals.</p> <p>The reinforced 6-6 polyamide connecting element provides excellent damping of vibration and shock. The aluminium hubs are anodised and protect from corrosion. Available in bore sizes from 6mm to 10mm, couplings come supplied with screws manufactured to DIN 912. The slot design compensates for misalignment in applications where radial, lateral and angular offsets may occur. This RoHS compliant part functions within a recommended temperature range of -10&deg;C to +80&deg;C.</p> <p>Bar clutch shaft couplings are suitable for use in a wide variety of mechatronic and mechanical assemblies and will shortly be available from the Reliance online store.</p> <p>Contact Reliance at <a href=""></a> for more product information, design support and custom solutions.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:13:00 +0100 Apprentices Discover the Importance of Communication and Safety <p>The Ocean Youth Trust (OYT) is a charity that encourages the personal development of young people through sailing activities. Moored at the Royal Quays Marina, Tynemouth, the James Cook boat gives participants an excellent opportunity to develop new skills and overcome a variety of challenges; both individually and as a team. Maintenance work is carried out by volunteers during the winter months to prepare for the following season. For two days in Feb 2014, Joe Clayton, Megan Lunn, Jacob Booth and Jay Mawdsley took time out from their duties as apprentices at Reliance Precision, Huddersfield, to support this essential work.</p> <p>Arriving at the marina, it soon became apparent that on-board safety was going to play a major role in the visit and volunteers were soon informed of the necessity of taking responsibility for their own, as well as their colleagues' safety. The need for mutual awareness was highlighted, as was the importance of clear instructions and communication.</p> <p>A task assigned to second year apprentices Jacob and Jay, was the fitting of a winch mounting plate to the boat deck; a pair of which had recently been modified by Megan and Jay on a CNC machine back at Reliance. Jay worked&#8230; 1 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at Drives and Controls 2014 <p>Reliance Precision Limited will be exhibiting its latest drives and motor capabilities at Drives and Controls, the UK's motion control equipment, systems and components show, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, UK from 8<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;to 10<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;April.</p> <p>A diverse range of products will be featured including intelligent motors, flexible shaft couplings, gearboxes, precision gears and a wide range of positioning components and assemblies. A product integration service offers a complementary capability, providing cost-effective sub-assemblies using standard and modified catalogue components.</p> <p>Products can be ordered directly from Reliance Precision Limited or via our on-line store.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Limited at Stand D4, located in Hall 3.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Thu, 13 Mar 2014 08:30:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at Analytica 2014 <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Reliance Precision Limited will be exhibiting its catalogue of motion control products and its specialist design, manufacturing and assembly capabilities at the Analytica exhibition, at the Trade Centre Munich, Germany on the 1<sup>st</sup> to 4<sup>th</sup> April.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>A range of integrated solutions will be featured including high vacuum, electro-mechanical, and opto-mechanical sub-systems.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Reliance is an established supplier to global prime contractors and OEMs in the scientific, aerospace and defence industries, actively engaged in the SC21 Supply Chain Programme, having achieved the silver award for excellence in quality and delivery performance..</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span>Visit Reliance Precision Limited at stand 142, located in Hall B2.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:21:00 +0000 Reliance Apprentice Receives Outstanding Achievement Award <p>Megan Lunn, a third year mechanical engineering apprentice at Reliance Precision, has been awarded The Severn Unival Most Outstanding Achievement Award by Kirklees College, in recognition of exceptional performance.</p> <p>Megan, who is working towards an Advanced Apprenticeship, has achieved the highest possible grade on her course. All her tutors agreed that this was a significant accomplishment and commented: "Megan has achieved the highest grade of Distinction in all twelve units over her 2 year BTEC course. This level of achievement in <em>any</em> unit is a major success, but to achieve it across <em>all</em> subject areas is remarkable."</p> <p>"A lot of hard work goes into ensuring that self-motivated apprentices can achieve great things if they put their mind to it," says John Markowycz, Curriculum Team Leader for Engineering Employer Programmes at Kirklees College. "These up and coming engineers are going to secure the future success of this country and we are proud to have an opportunity to be a part of that success."</p> <p>At a time when Reliance is seeking to recruit a new intake of apprentices, Megan is uncompromising in her advice to any potential new candidates:&nbsp; "I would encourage anyone with an interest in science and technology to consider&#8230; 1 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:02:00 +0000 Reli-a-Flex® Coupling Patented Slot Design Delivers Smooth Motion Transfer <p>Designed and manufactured by Reliance Precision, the Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup>&nbsp;range of couplings is a popular choice for design engineers seeking to maximise torsional stiffness between two shafts without incurring high bearing loads.</p> <p>Reliance's patented slot design delivers very smooth transition of rotary motion by allowing pivot points to move freely back and forth while maintaining the centre piece angle. Minimal bi-directional error and fewer stress variations occur, resulting in increased bearing life and reduced maintenance costs. The one piece configuration produces zero backlash and greater predictability. This consistency has been verified by testing couplings for over 50,000,000 cycles at rated torque and at 80% maximum offset without failure.</p> <p>Manufactured from aircraft grade aluminium alloy and with outside diameters available in sizes ranging from 6mm to 40mm, Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup>&nbsp;couplings can be selected through the Reliance catalogue or by visiting the online store where a custom coupling can be created to match specific design applications.</p> <p>For more information on the Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup>&nbsp;coupling or our full range of positioning components and assemblies, please contact Reliance at&nbsp;<a href=""></a></p> <div></div> 1 Fri, 07 Feb 2014 10:19:00 +0000 Versatile Cost Effective Double Loop Couplings from Reliance <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>A family of double loop shaft couplings which provide stability with flexibility is now available from Reliance Precision. The couplings are extremely versatile due to the combination of zinc plated steel hubs and polyurethane connecting loops. This design provides torsional rigidity and good compensation of high axial, radial and angular offsets.</p> <p>Bore sizes range from 4mm to 19mm and keyways are available on bores at 6mm and above. The hubs come supplied with 2 grub screws conforming to DIN 916. Four overall lengths are available: 28mm, 35mm, 48mm and 60mm. The couplings minimise shock and vibration and can function in the temperature range -30&deg;C to +80&deg;C. Corrosion resistant, they also protect against grease, oils, acids, alkalis, solvents and hydrocarbons. These double loop shaft couplings offer design engineers cost effective and maintenance free rotary motion transfer and are suitable for a wide variety of mechanical and mechatronic assemblies.</p> <p>For more details contact Reliance at <a href=""></a> for product information, design support and custom solutions.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:29:00 +0000 Reliance Precision Contributes to Rosetta's Success <p><span style="font-size: x-small;"></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: mceinline; font-size: xx-small;"></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">January 20<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;2014 marked a significant date for engineers and scientists alike as news arrived of the successful reawakening of the Rosetta space probe. The spacecraft, which had been in deep space hibernation for 31 months, will now continue its primary mission to chase and rendezvous with&nbsp;<span lang="EN-US">67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko; a 2.5 mile wide comet captured by the gravity of Jupiter. Following a tense 45 minutes wait, Rosetta beamed the words &ldquo;Hello world&rdquo; to scientists at&nbsp;</span>the European Space Agency (ESA)&nbsp;<span lang="EN-US">confirming the probe&rsquo;s instruments had successfully restarted and&nbsp;</span>indicating that a major stage of the overall mission had been a resounding success.&nbsp;</p> <p>The mission is of particular interest for engineers at Reliance Precision who manufactured gears for Norwegian company KONGSBERG for use on Rosetta. The gears play a vital role in rotating the two 15 metre solar panels, enabling them to perpetually face the sun: a crucial function given that Rosetta has no internal batteries and relies entirely on solar energy for electricity. The team at Reliance is thrilled to be contributing to such a prestigious project: there is something both satisfying and humbling about knowing our components are not only performing perfectly, but in&#8230; 1 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 09:03:00 +0000 Business Brokers Scheme Aims to Boost Apprenticeships <p>A Kirklees apprentice is encouraging other young women to consider a career in engineering - as figures show that just 3% of those starting engineering apprenticeships in the UK over the past two years have been female.</p> <p>Megan Lunn, of Meltham, is in the third year of an apprenticeship with global engineering firm Reliance Precision Limited.</p> <p>She is working towards an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in mechanical engineering - spending one day in the classroom at Kirklees College and the rest of the week at the company's Lepton headquarters.</p> <p>Since September, 2011 - when Megan started with Reliance - some 23,510 men have started engineering apprenticeships compared to just 760 women.</p> <p>Kirklees is now aiming to increase the opportunities available for young people and businesses through apprenticeships and is one of eight apprenticeship hubs in the Leeds City Region.</p> <p>A Business Brokers scheme has been set up to provide firms across all sectors with the advice needed to identify where roles can be created and what financial support is available.</p> <p>A key sector being supported is engineering - building on the district's industrial heritage - and Megan says her teacher at Honley High School gave her the idea of an apprenticeship.</p>&#8230; 1 Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:54:00 +0000 Reliance Retains SC21 Silver Award <p>Reliance Precision has retained its SC21 Silver Award for business excellence, having achieved the necessary delivery and quality performance levels for the second year running. There are currently just 25 organisations with the silver award, which has to be re-validated against stringent performance criteria each year to endorse that improvements have been sustained.</p> <p>&nbsp;Andrew Wright, Reliance's Managing Director, received the award on behalf of his team:</p> <p>"SC21 has provided a very practical methodology for continuous improvement right across the business. &nbsp;The incorporation of productivity improvement alongside quality assurance in the programme means that our continuous improvement efforts benefit both product quality and also the value that we can offer to customers.&nbsp; Being part of the programme continues to cement our long-term customer relationships and helps to give a strong first impression to new customers."</p> <p>Andrew thanked Reliance's customer sponsors Selex Galileo Ltd, MBDA UK Ltd and Thales Optronics Ltd for their continued support and also the SC21 leadership team for making the programme attractive to industry, stressing that its value is acknowledged not just within aerospace, defence, space and security, but across a diverse range of global markets.</p> <p>The award was presented by Neil McManus, the SC21 Chairman, who explained&#8230; 1 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:34:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at Precisiebeurs 2013 <p>Reliance Precision Limited will be exhibiting its breadth of specialist design, manufacturing and assembly capabilities at the Precisiebeurs exhibition, to be held at the NH Conference Centre Koningshof, Veldhoven, The Netherlands on the 3<sup>rd</sup> and 4<sup>th</sup> December.</p> <p>High performance instrumentation and high vacuum mechanisms will be featured including gears, geared systems, electro-mechanical, opto-mechanical sub-systems.</p> <p>Reliance is an established supplier to global prime contractors and OEMs in the scientific, aerospace and defence industries, actively engaged in the SC21 Supply Chain Programme, having achieved the silver award.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Limited at stand 147.</p> 1 Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:32:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at SPS,IPC,Drives 2013 <p>Reliance Precision Limited will be exhibiting its latest drives and motor capabilities at SPS, Germany's electric automation systems and components show, to be held at the Exhibition Centre, Nuremberg, from 26<sup>th</sup> to 28<sup>th</sup> November.</p> <p>A diverse range of products will be featured including precision gears and geared mechanisms, motors, gearboxes, couplings, leadscrews&nbsp;and a wide range of standard positioning components. A product integration service offers a complementary capability, providing cost-effective sub-assemblies using standard and modified catalogue components.</p> <p>Products can be ordered directly from Reliance Precision Limited or via our on-line store.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Limited at Stand 1-600, located in Hall 1.</p> 1 Sun, 20 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0100 New Reliance MD Predicts A Bright Future For Design Engineering In The Defence Industry <p>Andrew Wright recently became MD of Reliance Precision bringing a broad range of academic, business and industrial skills to the company. Coming from a successful background in the consulting engineering and chemical industry, Andrew now brings that same passion for science and technology to a specialist mechanical engineering environment.</p> <p>Reliance Precision provides robust and high integrity components and assemblies to the aerospace and defence sector. Andrew joins the company as the defence industry faces challenging times and Reliance, having supplied the industry for over fifty years, is in the process of renewing its business strategy. Reliance is best known as a gear supplier and widely recognised for its catalogue of products; providing precision, high accuracy components and assemblies for rotary and linear motion. They are also able to collaborate on new product introduction programmes, providing specialist design and manufacturing experience and problem solving expertise; a service which some industry players are unaware of, but one which has been welcomed by many of its existing customers.&nbsp; One of these describes the company as fulfilling a valuable role of 'niche industrialisation'. As a newcomer to the defence industry, Andrew sees the importance of raising awareness of the technical support Reliance has to&#8230; 1 Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:35:00 +0100 Reliance Exhibits At The Engineering Design Show <p>Reliance will be exhibiting at the Engineering Design Show in Coventry from 2<sup>nd</sup> to 3<sup>rd</sup> October 2013.&nbsp; Held at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, this new show, only in its second year, is dedicated exclusively to the design engineer.</p> <p>Reliance will be featuring its catalogue of precision motion control components and electro-mechanical assemblies, together with specialist capabilities for the design, manufacture, assembly and test of custom solutions.</p> <p>The catalogue has been developed to provide the design engineer with a complete source for precise motion control.&nbsp; Products are offered in standard specifications (available from stock or on short delivery) or customised to suit individual applications.&nbsp; Backed by comprehensive technical support, the catalogue range allows engineers to order in small quantities at stock prices, facilitating the effective development of prototypes.&nbsp;</p> <p>For completely custom solutions, Reliance also offers a design engineering support service, assisting with design from specification projects, design validation and test.&nbsp; With in-depth engineering and manufacturing capabilities, Reliance is able to support the design engineer right through the new product introduction cycle, working with experienced production engineers, metrologists and development test engineers to industrialise the design and take it forward into production.</p> <p>Reliance looks forward to welcoming visitors in Hall 1,&#8230; 1 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:42:00 +0100 Reliance Exhibits at DSEI 2013 <p>Reliance Precision will be exhibiting its breadth of specialist design and manufacturing capabilities at DSEI from 10<sup>th</sup> to 13<sup>th</sup> September 2013.&nbsp; Held at the ExCeL centre in London, DSEI is the world's leading defence and security exhibition.</p> <p>The company has supplied the military aerospace and defence industry for over 50 years, but this is the first time of exhibiting at DSEI where it will feature high performance mechanisms including gears, geared systems, electro-mechanical and opto-mechanical sub-systems.</p> <p>Reliance is an established supplier to global prime contractors and OEMs and is proud to hold the SC21 silver award for business excellence.</p> <p>Reliance looks forward to welcoming visitors to stand S5-340, booth 6, in the NDI pavilion.</p> 1 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:29:00 +0100 Reliance Exhibits at Offshore Europe 2013 <p>Reliance enjoyed a successful visit to Europe's largest oil and gas exhibition, Offshore Europe, in the first week of September, developing new business in this important industrial sector. The oil and gas industry is traditionally associated with large-scale mechanical systems, but there are increasing requirements for small, high integrity, precision mechanisms.&nbsp;</p> <p>Reliance exhibited a range of electro-mechanical components and assemblies for use in a&nbsp;variety of applications including: rotary motion for laser scanning devices used in ship navigation systems, sub-sea geared mechanisms used in ROVs, linear drives for geological scanning and sample analysis, and mechanisms for steerable drilling and intelligent down-hole tools.</p> 1 Wed, 29 May 2013 13:20:00 +0100 Precision Gears Available On-line with the Custom Gear Builder <p>The on-line custom Gear Builder from Reliance Precision Mechatronics gives simple, efficient access to a range of over 300,000 precision gears.</p> <p>Customers are able to create a customised gear quickly without the need to download and search through multiple pages from a catalogue. The Gear Builder not only speeds up the process but also reduces the risk of the wrong gear being selected. At the end of the on-line selection process the customer is given all the required technical and commercial information appropriate to their gear specification, including a 3D image, drawing, part description and item number, together with the price and delivery lead time.</p> <p>With a wide choice of gears and associated variables in gear specification - including choice of material, gear module, number of teeth, bore diameter and face width - customers could be faced with an overwhelming number of possible combinations. The on-line Gear Builder solves this problem enabling swift identification of the required gear. A filtering process seamlessly removes redundant options as the customer progressively creates a customised gear. Selections can be amended at any point simply by navigating backwards and forwards through the various steps.</p> <p>Head of Business Development, Alistair Durie, comments: <strong>"</strong>Not only does&#8230; 1 Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:33:00 +0100 Reliance Precision Receives Prestigious Health and Safety Award <p>Reliance Precision Limited has been awarded the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Silver award.</p> <p>The safety charity, which has a 57 year history and has the largest and longest-running programme of its kind in the UK, has undertaken an assessment of Reliance's occupational health and safety management systems and culture,&nbsp;and a review of performance in terms of accident rates and number of serious incidents over the last five years.</p> <p>The scheme not only looked at accident records, but also Reliance's overarching health and safety management systems; including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.</p> <p>Andrew Wright, who recently joined Reliance as Managing Director, firmly believes in promoting a strong culture of health and safety in the workplace: "I am delighted that Reliance Precision has achieved the RoSPA silver award. We work hard to keep safety at the front of our minds and it is encouraging to gain recognition for our good work in this area. We will continue to focus on "near-miss" reporting and encouraging all employees to make suggestions to improve safety. This is our way of keeping safety at the top of our priorities and helping retain a good performance."</p> <p>David Rawlins, RoSPA awards manager&#8230; 1 Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:24:00 +0100 Apprentices Discover the Value of Teamwork <p>The Ocean Youth Trust North provides an innovative way of helping young people achieve greater confidence and social skills through the unique medium of ocean sailing. Having recently celebrated 25 years since launch, they estimate that over 10,000 young people have sailed on the vessel; benefitting from the life changing effects of their residential voyages.</p> <p>Such a busy sailing calendar means that the James Cook undergoes regular periods of scheduled maintenance. This is where Tom Broom, Bradley Jessop and David Black; apprentices from Reliance Precision in Huddersfield, provided a helping hand. The apprentices took a 3 day break from their regular duties at Reliance to join staff and other volunteers aboard the vessel. Docked at the mouth of the River Tyne, they helped perform essential maintenance tasks such as the de-rusting of metal parts on the deck and re-painting.</p> <p>As well as picking up some valuable practical skills, the apprentices had to use their own initiative. For Tom, it was the first time he had travelled a considerable distance alone and had to organise his own travel arrangements. The scheme highlighted the need for working cooperatively as a team in an environment where everyone took responsibility for their assigned tasks.&#8230; 1 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 15:53:00 +0000 Reliance Hosts Men’s Health Awareness Day <p>On the 25<sup>th</sup> February, Reliance Precision UK and Ireland held a Men's Health Awareness day in memory of an employee who had died recently of cancer. Judith Birley, Vendor Manager at Reliance, proposed the idea as a memorial to her husband, Kevin, who passed away one year ago. Judith and her two daughters, Sarah and Emma, requested the event to be used as an opportunity to highlight the various health issues that surround the subject of men's health.</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Health awareness day ireland" height="372" src="/assets/uploads/x1361807404Irish_team_for_web.jpg" title="Reliance Hosts Men&rsquo;s Health Awareness Day" width="450" /></p> <p>After contacting Prostate Cancer UK<span style="font-size: xx-small;">1</span>, the leading charity for men with Prostate cancer, it was decided that employees would raise awareness by wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the charity's logo and by focusing on male specific health issues. A number of female staff work at Reliance, but the nature of Kevin's illness meant the day would be focussed mainly on the men. As well as Prostate cancer, a range of men's health concerns were explored; including heart disease, blood pressure and other applicable types of cancer.</p> <p>Reliance Director, Roger Kenworthy, spoke to the whole company and the occupational nurse visited various departments, offering advice&#8230; 1 Thu, 07 Feb 2013 12:26:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at Medtec Europe 2013 <p>Reliance Precision Limited will be exhibiting its breadth of mechatronic components and assemblies together with specialist design, manufacturing and clean assembly capabilities at the Medtec Europe exhibition, to be held at the Messe Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre, Stuttgart, Germany, on the 26<sup>th</sup> - 28<sup>th</sup> February.</p> <p>Reliance is an established supplier to global prime contractors and OEMs in the scientific, medical and aerospace industries and will be featuring high performance instrumentation mechanisms including components used for liquid handling, sample preparation and pipetting mechanisms.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Limited at stand 1F63.</p> 1 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:41:00 +0000 Reliance Precision Appoints New Managing Director <p>Andrew Wright stepped into his new position last week as Managing Director at Reliance Precision, taking over the helm from Roger Kenworthy.</p> <p>Andrew joins Reliance having been a Managing Director at Johnson Matthey and previously a European Business Manager at BP.&nbsp; He brings his passion for science and technology and his commitment to the growth of manufacturing to his new role.&nbsp; "I am privileged to join such a strong engineering company, particularly at a time when Reliance is just entering into a significant programme of investment to develop its infrastructure and technical capability.&nbsp; It is an exciting time for the company and I am enjoying getting to know the teams in Huddersfield and Ireland and looking forward to meeting our customers and suppliers."</p> <p>After 27 years with Reliance as Finance Director, Company Secretary and latterly Managing Director, Roger Kenworthy is stepping aside from his role as MD, but will continue to work part time for the foreseeable future.&nbsp; "I am delighted to welcome Andrew to Reliance; he brings a wealth of managerial expertise and manufacturing experience from his career in the chemical industry and is an excellent fit with our existing management team.&nbsp; His appointment gives us additional strength and&#8230; 1 Wed, 12 Dec 2012 13:51:00 +0000 UK Manufacturer Invests in Aerospace Expansion <p>Reliance Precision, established supplier to the global aerospace and defence industries, announces a multi-million pound manufacturing investment.</p> <p>"In spite of the difficult economic trading environment world-wide," observes Managing Director, Roger Kenworthy, "we have seen consistent growth in our business and expansion of our customer base. With a strong order book and significant recent contract awards we have set out a major investment plan to expand and develop our core precision manufacturing and assembly capabilities."</p> <p>A new sub-micron machining centre and new ultra high precision turning centre will give Reliance a step-change in technical ability, keeping the company at the forefront of precision component manufacturing. A new gear cell is to be introduced for optimal manufacture of high accuracy aerospace gears, whilst the existing gear cutting facility will be enhanced with new CNC machinery.</p> <p>Reliance has always placed a high emphasis on the importance of metrology and a key part of the investment, already underway, is the development of a new temperature controlled metrology laboratory, which will house a complete suite of measurement and inspection equipment including a new sub-micron resolution Co-ordinate Measuring Machine (CMM).</p> <p>Operations Manager, Ken Jolley, is enthusiastic about the future: "When looking at new equipment we never&#8230; 1 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:07:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at SPS,IPC,Drives 2012 <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics will be exhibiting its latest drives and motor capabilities at SPS, Germany's electric automation systems and components show, to be held at the Exhibition Centre, Nuremberg, from 27<sup>nd</sup> to 29<sup>th</sup> November.</p> <p>A diverse range of products will be featured including precision gears and geared mechanisms, motors, gearboxes, couplings and a wide range of standard positioning components. A product integration service offers a complementary capability, providing cost-effective sub-assemblies using standard and modified catalogue components. Products can be ordered directly from Reliance Precision Mechatronics or via our new on-line store.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Mechatronics at Stand 1-600, located in Hall 1.</p> 1 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 13:35:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at Precisiebeurs 2012 <p>Reliance Precision Limited will be exhibiting its breadth of specialist design, manufacturing and assembly capabilities at the Precisiebeurs exhibition, to be held at the NH Conference Centre Koningshof, Veldhoven, The Netherlands on the 28<sup>th</sup> and 29<sup>th</sup> November.</p> <p>High performance instrumentation mechanisms will be featured including gears, geared systems, electro-mechanical and opto-mechanical sub-systems.</p> <p>Reliance is an established supplier to global prime contractors and OEMs in the scientific, aerospace and defence industries, actively engaged in the SC21 Supply Chain Programme, having achieved the silver award.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Limited at stand 143.</p> 1 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 09:12:00 +0100 Leadscrew and Nut Assemblies Available Online <p>Reliance is pleased to announce the addition of leadscrew and nut assemblies to its online store, complementing the standard range of gears, couplings and hardware products.</p> <p>Reliance leadscrews are available in standard diameters from 3.2mm to 24mm with standard leads from 0.3mm to 92mm. They are precision rolled from a premium grade, corrosion resistant, non-magnetic stainless steel and designed specifically for motion control applications where accuracy is paramount.</p> <p>There are several nut designs available, many of which are offered with either triangular, round or threaded mounts. The innovative anti-backlash nut design, using self-lubricating polymers, provides assemblies which compensate for wear with low frictional drag torques and excellent positional repeatability. Positional bi-directional repeatability with an anti-backlash nut is generally around 1.5micron, standard lead accuracy is better than 0.0006mm/mm (higher accuracy 0.0001mm/mm is available on request).</p> <p>Leadscrews can be supplied with end modifications such as bearing journals and mounting features, and proprietary low friction coatings can be specified, which will extend the life of the anti-backlash assembly by up to 300%. Leadscrew nuts can be manufactured to suit specific customer designs.</p> 1 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:23:00 +0100 Clutches and Collars Available Online <p>Reliance is pleased to announce the addition of the clutches and collars range to its online store, complementing the standard range of gears, couplings, leadscrews and hardware products.</p> <p>The friction clutches are maintenance free and designed to protect actuators from torque damage. With zero backlash before slipping and adjustable slip torque settings, the clutches are available with either disc springs or wire compression springs. Disc spring versions are available to suit higher torques up to 120Ncm and wire compression spring versions are available to suit lower torque levels up to 30Ncm. Designed with a gear mounting diameter of 10f8 (-0.013/-0.035mm), Reliance's B10 bore gears are suitable. The clutches are manufactured from steel 9S MnPb28 with a black finish for the flange and Nylatron for clutch lining.</p> <p>The range of collars includes:</p> <ul> <li value="0">One piece stainless steel clamp collars with threaded bore sizes M4 to M10 for threaded shafts. </li> <li value="0">Single and double width shaft collars do not mark the shaft and are excellent for high axial loads. Available in stainless steel or aluminium with bores from 3mm to 10mm. </li> <li value="0">One-piece set screw collars manufactured from stainless steel with bores 4mm to 10mm.</li> </ul> 1 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:15:00 +0100 Reliance Expands its Range of Reli-a-Flex Precision Couplings <p>The hugely successful range of one piece Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup> couplings manufactured by Reliance Precision Mechatronics has been specifically designed to provide extremely accurate transfer of motion between two rotating shafts, while catering for parallel and angular misalignment.</p> <p>The Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup> couplings are available from the Reliance Precision Mechatronics online store on a short lead-time, with a selected 'preferred range' available ex-stock. The coupling selector enables the designers to create their own unique Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg; </sup>coupling with exact specifications for the application in hand, rather than using a coupling with a similar specification which could potentially compromise the design.</p> <p>The original range includes outside diameters from 13mm to 40mm and the additional micro sizes now available are 6mm, 8mm and 10mm. These couplings retain all the advantages of Reli-a-Flex's patented design, and are ideal for the accurate, miniature motion control applications demanded by the printing, medical and scientific instrument markets.</p> <p>Other one piece couplings currently on the market may outwardly resemble the Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup> at first glance, but there is one vital difference. The patented slot design on the Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup> maintains a constant pivot length which minimises stress variations. On the Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup> the pivot points travel back and forward without changing the centre piece angle,&#8230; 1 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:00:00 +0100 Reliance Receives Supplier Excellence Award <p>SELEX Galileo, a Finmeccanica Company, has named Reliance Precision Ltd. the "Laser UK Supplier of the Year 2011". The award was presented in recognition of Reliance's achievements for exemplary quality, delivery performance, value engineering, innovation and working relationship.</p> <p>Reliance has worked closely with SELEX Galileo to support an aggressive business expansion programme involving the outsourcing to Reliance of a range of precision opto-mechanical assemblies. Reliance's activities cover component manufacturing, supply chain management and inspection of the optical components, and finally clean assembly and test of the complete opto-mechanical sub-assemblies, delivering directly into SELEX Galileo's production line.</p> <p>The award was presented to Reliance on 22nd August 2012 by SELEX Galileo's Laser Procurement Manager, Helen Wardle, who praised Reliance's achievement: "When we undertook our supplier review it wasn't just the KPIs that set Reliance apart, but the innovation and added value that the whole team put into the product."&nbsp;</p> <p>Reliance's Managing Director, Roger Kenworthy was proud to receive the award on behalf of his team: "Our relationship with SELEX Galileo is very much a two-way process, with communication at all levels and strong teamwork. Both have been evident over the years, with people prepared to go the extra mile for one another,&#8230; 1 Mon, 03 Sep 2012 12:09:00 +0100 Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Offers Custom Design and Manufacturing Capabilities for Leadscrew Nuts <p align="left">Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Inc, a premier manufacturer of engineered linear motion products, offers customised nut designs for high-end motion control applications. Precision moulded and machined custom nuts create exceptional value for an OEM. Engineers aren't required to source a standard "off the shelf" leadscrew nut that "almost" meets application requirements.&nbsp; Haydon Kerk and Reliance Precision Mechatronics work closely with customers to develop a part specifically suited for the mechanism being designed.</p> <p align="left">Precision nuts made from polymers can be moulded in just about any shape or complex feature imaginable.&nbsp; The standard material used in polymer-based nuts is a self-lubricating polyacetal, which offers dimensional stability, good tensile strength and is easy to machine.&nbsp; The nuts are impregnated with tetrafluoroethylene (TFE) for a permanent, self-lubricating threaded contact surface.&nbsp;</p> <p align="left">Along with self-lubricating polyacetal are a variety of Kerkite&reg; composite polymers. Kerkite polymers are a family of high-performance materials that provide exceptional wear properties with the cost and design advantages afforded through injection moulding.&nbsp; Kerkite polymers offer a variety of mechanical, thermal, and electrical properties and are compatible with various chemicals and many harsh environmental conditions.&nbsp;</p>&#8230; 1 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 10:50:00 +0100 Strengthening The Supply Chain <p>Reliance Precision Limited has been supplying the aerospace and defence industries with custom-built gears and geared systems for more than 40 years.&nbsp; Having always worked closely with its customers' supply chain developments, Reliance's management team followed the early development of the SC21 programme with interest.&nbsp; The company began its SC21 journey in earnest in 2009, achieving the bronze award in mid-2010 and the silver award in February 2012.&nbsp; Jon Plascott, Quality Manager, and Ken Jolley, Operations Manager, reflect on the work involved in securing and maintaining SC21 accreditation and the benefits it has brought, both to Reliance and its customers.</p> <p>Read about Reliance's <a href="/assets/uploads/1346320008PR41_SC21_Experience_Issue_A_with_Pic.pdf " title="experience of the SC21 programme" target="_blank">experience of the SC21 programme</a>.</p> 1 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:03:00 +0100 Reliance Welcomes its 2012 Apprentices <p>Reliance Precision is delighted to welcome a new intake of apprentices. With an EAL approved, on-site training school and dedicated staff, the four year apprenticeship scheme offers recruits an opportunity to develop their mechanical engineering skills to the highest of standards.</p> <p>The apprentices will spend their first year in the training school, where they will complete an NVQ 2 qualification. They will learn to operate machines from a range of manufacturing areas, increasing in confidence and competence as they work together, learning to problem solve and project manage. The following year will see them move onto the shop floor where they further develop their skills before completing an NVQ 3 in a specialist discipline which suits their strengths and which they enjoy.</p> <p>Read more about <span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a href="/assets/uploads/1345456218Apprentice_Interview_2012.pdf" title="mechanical engineering apprenticeships" target="_blank">mechanical engineering apprenticeships</a></span> with Reliance.</p> 1 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 09:28:00 +0100 Introducing a 36mm Linear Actuator Configuration That Replaces Existing 42mm Packages <p>Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Inc., a premier manufacturer of engineered linear motion products, has released a new version of its popular 36mm G4 linear actuator. This new configuration includes a special adapter plate that allows the smaller 36mm OD unit to replace 42mm and 46mm units in existing applications.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Performance of the 36mm G4 linear actuator not only exceeds the performance of comparable size actuators, it approaches the performance of larger 42mm and 46mm linear actuators from various manufacturers. The 36mm unit with the integrated adapter plate allows users to replace existing 42 and 46mm units easily by using the same bolt pattern and pilot surface.&nbsp;</p> <p>Among the advantages of substituting the 36mm G4 linear actuator are a smaller linear actuator body, which is especially important when space is a premium, and a lower cost system compared with the larger-size units, without sacrificing performance or lifespan. Force output range for the G4 linear actuator is from 70N to 260N.</p> <p>The G4 linear actuator architecture employs the latest technologies to extend reliability and meet high-performance requirements. The design utilises optimised tooth geometry along with high-energy neodymium&#8230; 1 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 09:26:00 +0100 Stringent Quality and Process Control Prevents Contamination <p>A laser based targeting system in a military aircraft and a mass spectrometer, used for environmental and food safety monitoring, are both applications where contamination in the production process could potentially cause operational failure.&nbsp; Systems and instruments such as these contain complex clean assemblies, often with expensive components which have specific handling and process requirements. Gears with specialist coatings, for example, demand high standards of cleanliness and surface preparation in order to ensure adhesion.&nbsp; Ion transport systems operating in a high vacuum, such as those found in the mass spectrometer, have their own unique set of cleanliness requirements to ensure effective vacuum performance and electrical charging.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>High levels of cleanliness and robust process control are often essential requirements of the scientific instrument, semi-conductor, defence and photonics industries, where the effects of contaminants can lead to equipment malfunction and performance degradation.&nbsp; Whilst considerable variety exists in providing "clean" solutions, common practices and techniques link the diverse range of end products.</p> <p>The defence industry refers to Foreign Object Debris, the semi-conductor industry refers to Foreign Body Analysis; slightly different terminology, but a shared strategic issue.&nbsp; Cleanliness means different things to different people in different industries; there is no universal definition.&nbsp; The management&#8230; 1 Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:48:00 +0100 Introducing the PCM7539X IDEA™ Drive Stepper Motor Controller <p>Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Inc., a premier manufacturer of engineered linear motion products, announces the RoHS compliant PCM7539X IDEA<sup>TM</sup> programmable stepper motor drive, capable of a 75Vdc input voltage and a max output current of 3.85A RMS. This unit is designed to control the larger size stepper motor linear actuators offered by Haydon Kerk and has the same functionality and programmability as the lower-power IDEA drives.&nbsp;</p> <p>The introduction of the PCM7539X completes the power range for the platform and allows the popular IDEA system to be used with any stepper motor product currently offered by Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions.&nbsp; The PCM7539X in particular is designed to control the larger size 23 and size 34 stepper motor units.&nbsp;</p> <p>Like all Haydon IDEA Drives, the PCM7539X is a compact, easy-to-use electronic drive and fully programmable control unit with a patent-pending graphic user interface. Programming the drive is through the use of on-screen buttons instead of complicated command sets or other proprietary programming languages. The software allows the system designer to easily troubleshoot programs that use line-by-line or multiple line program execution using the interactive debug feature. Inputs&#8230; 1 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:04:00 +0100 Customised Linear Guides - A Cost-Effective, Versatile Prototyping Solution <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics announces a new customisation capability for its range of miniature linear guides. For designers working on prototyping projects Reliance now holds stock lengths of guides which can be quickly cut to length to suit individual requirements, offering a cost-effective, short lead-time solution for low volumes.</p> <p>Innovation in miniaturisation of products has led to a need for linear motion solutions that offer high speed without compromising rigidity, torsional resistance or life. The Reliance miniature guides operate by two rows of circulating ball bearings mating with a 45 degree Gothic style profile. This gives multi-direction equalisation of force, which enables high velocity motion with low friction. Miniature operating environments dictate minimal clearance settings, and an optional pre-loading of the bearings can be requested in conditions that demand additional stiffness and precision. Further options include variations in carriage sealing systems, lubrication and reinforcement.</p> <p>Reliance's aim is to supply standard components that can be integrated seamlessly into existing mechanisms and its range of miniature linear guides follow that philosophy, providing a 'drop in replacement ' product so customers can continue production with minimal down time.</p> <p>The miniature linear guides offer excellent price and performance; all guides are inspected and tested for&#8230; 1 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:02:00 +0100 Reliance To Exhibit at Farnborough International Air Show <p>Reliance Precision will be exhibiting its breadth of specialist design and manufacturing capabilities at Farnborough International Air Show from 9<sup>th</sup> to 13<sup>th</sup> July.</p> <p>High performance aerospace and defence mechanisms will be featured including gears, geared systems, electro-mechanical and opto-mechanical sub-systems.&nbsp;</p> <p>Reliance is an established supplier to global prime contractors and OEMs in the aerospace and defence industries. At Farnborough 2010 the company was presented with the SC21 bronze award for business excellence and is proud to return this year with the SC21 silver award.</p> <p>Reliance looks forward to welcoming visitors in Hall 4 Stand B1.</p> 1 Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:07:00 +0100 It's All Done With Military Precision <p>Workers at a Huddersfield engineering firm swapped tools for guns and the shopfloor for wild moorland at a weekend exercise run by the army.</p> <p>Three staff from Lepton-based Reliance Precision&nbsp;took part with other organisations from across the region in a demanding three-day challenge held on Catterick Training Area near Richmond, North Yorkshire.</p> <p>It involved working in teams on a variety of challenges such as recovering an overturned tanker, launching a search and rescue mission for an RAF downed pilot, abseiling down a sheer drop and crossing a water course to erect a navy signal.</p> <p>The exercise, called Merlin Executive was run itself by fellow work colleagues, who also serve as reservists in the Navy, Marines, Army or RAF in units across Yorkshire and the Humber.</p> <p>The three-day course, organised by reservist unit the 4th Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment, was designed to give business people the chance to enhance their personal leadership, teamwork and communication skills, as well as gain a valuable insight into the transferable skills that reservists develop during similar training exercises.</p> <p>Xavier Bouchard, who works for Reliance Precision, said: "The whole exercise was enormous fun, although incredibly tiring as well! The&nbsp;environment and challenges you're thrown into are extraordinary,&#8230; 1 Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:16:00 +0100 Reliance's 'Cool Muscle' Plays a Major Role in the Fight Against Prostate Cancer <p>With one in eight men affected before the age of seventy five, and 37,000 cases diagnosed in the UK each year, prostate cancer is by far the most common form of cancer affecting men today.</p> <p>In what has been described as a 'paradigm shift' in the treatment of prostate cancer, the French company EDAP TMS, in collaboration with Inserm (French Institute of Medical Research), has developed the Ablatherm<sup>&reg;</sup> High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU), which enables a non-invasive treatment for prostate cancer. Unlike conventional methods, this procedure is free from any major side effects and studies have shown that 95% of men make a full recovery within a twelve month period.</p> <p>Contributing to Ablatherm's<sup>&reg;</sup> efficient system performance is the Reliance Cool Muscle intelligent actuator: an integrated drive and control instrument supplied by Reliance Precision Mechatronics.</p> <p>The Reliance Cool Muscle actuator enables the Ablatherm<sup>&reg;</sup> probe to create a 3D image of the prostate. Urologists then use a PC to identify the area damaged by lesions, and ultrasound waves destroy the affected area. Unlike radiation treatment, this procedure focuses specifically on the area concerned leaving surrounding tissue healthy and undamaged.</p> <p>The probe is guided by Reliance's Cool Muscle technology and effects micron-point accuracy.&#8230; 1 Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:04:00 +0100 Reliance Exhibits at Drives and Controls <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics will be exhibiting its latest drives and motor capabilities at the Drives and Control exhibition, to be held at the NEC, Birmingham, from 17<sup>th</sup> to 19<sup>th</sup> April.</p> <p>A diverse range of products will be featured including precision gears and geared mechanisms, motors, gearboxes, couplings and a wide range of standard positioning components. A product integration service offers a complementary capability, providing cost-effective sub-assemblies using standard and modified catalogue components. Products can be ordered directly from Reliance Precision Mechatronics or via a new on-line store.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Mechatronics at stand D4.</p> 1 Mon, 02 Apr 2012 11:39:00 +0100 Customised Linear Motion Solutions <p>Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Inc, a premier manufacturer of engineered linear motion products, now has the capability to customise linear motion systems for many different types of application. An example of the customisation capabilities to meet a unique engineering requirement is a precision linear rail system developed for an application requiring very high stiffness, accuracy and repeatability.</p> <p>Along the axial length of the system is a precision recirculating ball rail, which has a high-load capacity and high rigidity. The extruded aluminium frame supports all the components for the system. This particular design, the drive mechanism is a Haydon<sup><sup>TM</sup> </sup>stepper motor and a precision rolled 303 stainless steel Kerk<sup>&reg;</sup> leadscrew. Attached to both the leadscrew and the precision ball rail is a machined aluminium load carriage with an integral Delrin drive nut.</p> <p>The rail system can be easily tailored to suit many alternative applications. The design of the rail mechanics allows a maximum load of 1570N in the 'Z' direction while maintaining accuracy specification. Maximum roll, pitch, and yaw specifications are 22.65 Nm, 13.9 Nm, and 13.9 Nm respectively. The practical load capability will depend on&#8230; 1 Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:17:00 +0000 Changing Lives and Inspiring Futures <p>The Ocean Youth Trust North (OYT North) state proudly in their motto that they: "change lives and inspire futures"; a claim that Eddy Townend and Tom Jones, second year apprentices at Reliance Precision, would certainly agree with having spent three days working with the trust on The James Cook, an impressive 21 metre ocean going vessel, anchored at the mouth of The River Tyne.</p> <p>The OYT North facilitate a personal development experience which detaches young people from the security of their everyday lives, where mundane chores, once taken for granted, suddenly become their own responsibility: "On the way there, I had to find my way around unfamiliar places and changeable train timetables for the first time," explains Eddy. "When I eventually arrived, I was introduced to everyone and we were given our individual tasks to do. It was all a bit daunting at first, but the staff encouraged us and made us feel part of their team."</p> <p>The work Eddy undertook on board the James Cook helped develop his awareness of different aspects of engineering. Back at Reliance he is part of a team producing high accuracy components, often working to tolerances of just a few microns. This trip gave&#8230; 1 Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:22:00 +0000 Selex Galileo Hosts Supplier Awards Ceremony <p>Reliance Precision received the SC21 silver award for business excellence at a ceremony in Edinburgh hosted by Selex Galileo Ltd. and organised by ADS, the trade organisation for the UK's aerospace, defence, space and security industries. ADS manage the SC21 accreditation process and the stringent assessment of suppliers working towards the bronze, silver and gold award standards. A number of awards were presented at the event and a common theme emerged from all the companies participating - that the support of employees from across the business is the most essential factor for SC21 success.&nbsp; Roger Kenworthy, Reliance's Managing Director, accepted the silver award on behalf of the company's 220 employees and celebrated this proud achievement with the team on his return to Huddersfield.</p> <p>At the ceremony Phil Curnock, from the SC21 project office, noted that there are now 540 companies engaged in the SC21 programme, with 55 bronze awards having been presented, 19 silver and 2 gold. Reliance is already planning for gold.</p> 1 Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:53:00 +0000 Reliance Precision Receives SC21 Silver Award for Business Excellence <p>Reliance Precision celebrated the New Year with a second SC21 award for business excellence.</p> <p>Reliance was presented with the SC21 bronze award at the Farnborough Air Show in July 2010. Since then the company's delivery and quality performance to key customers have been monitored against the demanding quality and delivery criteria set out by ADS, the trade organisation of the aerospace, defence, security and space industries. The silver award requires 99% on-time delivery and 99.5% quality performance, which Reliance delivered consistently across the period, as well as demonstrating improvements in business processes and lean manufacturing.&nbsp;</p> <p>Reliance is one of only a small number of suppliers to the aerospace industry to have achieved the SC21 silver award. At the end of 2011 just 8 companies of 500 engaged in the programme had been granted the silver level.&nbsp;</p> <p>Roger Kenworthy, Reliance's Managing Director, is delighted to have the company's commitment to customer service recognised: "We supply high performance, custom-built, precision assemblies, typically working on challenging design and manufacturing projects. This means we are faced with implementing lean manufacturing principles in what is often a complex engineering environment. Everyone across the business has responded positively to the challenge and our customers Selex Galileo&#8230; 1 Tue, 06 Dec 2011 16:20:00 +0000 Introducing the Folded-Over Motorised Linear Rail System <p>Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Inc., a premier manufacturer of engineered linear motion products, announces the RGLS/RGLW linear rail platform with a180<sup>o</sup> folded-over motorised design. This design allows for a small footprint linear actuator system, perfect for precision motion applications where space is at a premium.</p> <p>The folded-over linear rail contains all the components needed for a complete motion sub-assembly, including the stepper motor, belt and pulley, precision leadscrew, bearing supports, and rail with load carriage. The rail also contains the capability of mounting sensors within the integrated dovetail grooves.&nbsp;</p> <p>The standard drive ratios available from the motor to the screw are 2:1, 1:1, and 1:2, using lightweight aluminium pulleys and a fiberglass reinforced neoprene timing belt. Screw leads available range from 1.27mm to 30.5mm/rev (0.050 in/rev to 1.2 in/rev).&nbsp; When using a 2:1 ratio, a 1.27mm/rev (0.050 in/rev) leadscrew and a 200 step/rev stepper motor, a positioning resolution of 0.003175mm (0.000125") is possible. For high-speed applications, a 1:2 pulley ratio and a 30.5mm/rev (1.2 in/rev) leadscrew provides a maximum speed of over 178mm/s (7 in/s).</p> <p>All RGLS and RGLW linear rails feature standard wear-compensating anti-backlash&#8230; 1 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 10:19:00 +0000 Introducing the Reliance Hypoid Bevel and Straight Bevel Gearbox Range <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics is proud to unveil a range of precision straight bevel and hypoid bevel gearboxes with high accuracy and high speed reduction ratios. They are ideal space saving solutions to difficult design restraints or restricted space envelopes where right angled motion is required, and are Available with various mounting arrangements.</p> <p>The hypoid bevel gearboxes offer high speed reduction ratios along with high efficiency in a fully sealed aluminium alloy casing, stainless steel shafting and ratios of 5:1 or 10:1 in the standard range.</p> <p>The Reliance straight bevel gearboxes are a simple, compact and maintenance free design and are available with ratios of 1:1 and 2:1, with either a single or double output shaft. Using high quality bevel gears the backlash of an assembled gearbox is within 15 arc minutes.</p> 1 Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:08:00 +0000 Reliance Precision Expands its Opto-Mechanical Business in Europe <p>Reliance Precision's European sales team has been expanded with the recruitment of Arjan Bos, Sales Engineer for Northern Germany and The Benelux.&nbsp; Arjan will be responsible for developing Reliance's opto-mechanical manufacturing business, an area of significant growth for the company.&nbsp; "We are delighted to have Arjan on board" explains Alistair Durie, CEO-Group Sales, "he brings a wealth of experience in photonics and laser optics, which suits this specialist area of our manufacturing expertise perfectly."</p> <p>With its heritage in high performance, precision mechanical assemblies, Reliance has an in-depth understanding of moving mechanisms.&nbsp; This, together with clean assembly facilities and disciplines developed for supply to the scientific instruments industry, makes Reliance ideally suited to small optical assemblies where positioning accuracy is essential.</p> <p>Reliance's business growth in this area was illustrated in 2010 with investment in a new cleanroom built specifically for the integration of optical components and mechanical or electro-mechanical technology.&nbsp; &nbsp;The advanced, electro-static protected, paperless cleanroom, which uses the latest wireless communications technology, was officially opened by Andy Brown, VP Business Procurement UK, Selex Galileo Limited.&nbsp; Certified to ISO Class 7 and supplemented by clean air benches to ISO Class 4, the new facility provides a highly integrated inspection, assembly and&#8230; 1 Thu, 03 Nov 2011 09:28:00 +0000 Reliance Precision Mechatronics Launches New Online Store <p><a href="" target="_blank">Reliance Precision Mechatronics</a> is pleased to announce the launch of a new website and online store. The store offers an extensive range of standard mechatronic components including:</p> <ul class="unIndentedList"> <li> Precision Gears</li> <li> Precision Couplings</li> <li> Bearings and Spacers</li> <li> Screws and Hardware</li> <li> Shafts and Accessories</li> <li> Belts and Pulleys</li> </ul> <p>In addition, a unique parametric gear builder&nbsp;allows over 200,000 combinations of precision cut gears to be generated and ordered online.</p> <p>The store is available for customers in the UK, Europe and the US and accepts payments in sterling, euro and dollars using&nbsp;a&nbsp;secure checkout.</p> 1 Wed, 02 Nov 2011 17:16:00 +0000 Reliance Exhibits at SPS, IPC, Drives 2011 <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics&nbsp;will be exhibiting its latest drives and motor capabilities at SPS, Germany's electric automation systems and components show,&nbsp;to be held at the Exhibition Centre, Nuremberg, from 22<sup>nd</sup> to 24<sup>th</sup> November.</p> <p>A diverse range of&nbsp;products will be featured including precision gears and geared mechanisms, motors, gearboxes, couplings and a wide range of standard positioning components. A product integration service offers a complementary capability,&nbsp;providing cost-effective sub-assemblies using standard and modified catalogue components.&nbsp; Products can be ordered directly from Reliance Precision Mechatronics or via a new on-line store, launching soon.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Mechatronics&nbsp;at Stand 1-300, located&nbsp;in Hall 1.</p> 1 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 11:02:00 +0100 New Range of Linear Guides from Reliance <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics is proud to unveil a new range of linear guide ways and slides. With standard rail sizes from 3mm to 42mm combined with an unrivalled choice of carriage configurations, Reliance have a linear rail solution to suit your requirements.</p> <p>The reinforced high integrity carriage construction is designed for high speed running, where bidirectional forces are minimised and impact stresses absorbed in order to keep up with the ever increasing demands of the automation industry.</p> <p>Manufactured from stainless steel, the design incorporates a 45 degree contact angle, meaning an equal load carrying capacity in all directions. Large recirculating balls designed into the smallest space enhance stiffness and torsional resistance, thus catering for high loads and moment loading. Available with a choice of carriage and rail sealing systems, reinforcement plate options and lubrication systems, Reliance's linear guides are among the most advanced on the market today.</p> 1 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 09:09:00 +0100 Reliance Exhibits at Offshore Europe <h2>Reliance Precision enjoyed a successful visit to Offshore Europe from 6th to 8th September 2011 in Aberdeen.&nbsp;</h2> <p>This was Reliance's first time exhibiting at Europe's largest oil and gas exhibition,&nbsp;building on existing&nbsp;business in this&nbsp;important industrial&nbsp;market.&nbsp;The company has supplied gears and geared assemblies&nbsp;over a number of years for use in ROVs and precision downhole instrumentation.&nbsp;The oil and gas&nbsp;industry&nbsp;is traditionally associated with&nbsp;large-scale mechanical systems, but there are increasing requirements for&nbsp;small,&nbsp;high integrity,&nbsp;geared mechanisms&nbsp;used in drilling and exploration applications.&nbsp; Valuable engineering contacts were established with major OEMs in relation to Reliance's gear design and manufacturing capability.&nbsp; For further information please <a href="../../../en/contact">contact us</a>.</p> 1 Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:35:00 +0100 Reliance Develops Its Young Engineers <p>One year after completing his apprenticeship at Reliance Precision, Matthew Lodge returned to work this week with newfound confidence, having spent seven days working on board the Stavros Niarchos, a 197ft Tall Ship.&nbsp; His journey from Ipswich to Stavanger, Norway with 30 other 16-25 year olds was anything but a holiday.&nbsp; He worked shifts through the night, doing everything from cooking and cleaning to navigation and steering, facing not only the agony of sea-sickness and the anxiety of working alongside strangers, but also the tremendous challenge of climbing 148ft high rigging.&nbsp; "It was amazing" Matthew said, "something I would never have done if not for Reliance.&nbsp; It did wonders for my self-confidence."</p> <p>Mick Hallam, Reliance's Training Manager explains: "If we make our youngsters appreciate what they can achieve then we benefit as a company.&nbsp; The Tall Ships is one of a number of exercises we draw upon to encourage our apprentices to step out of their comfort zone and to stretch their own abilities.&nbsp; It develops their contribution to the performance of the team and, importantly, helps them build confidence in their own actions."</p> <p>Reliance has invested in apprentice training for over 50 years and unusually has its own in-house&#8230; 1 Thu, 11 Nov 2010 11:03:00 +0000 Reliance’s Quality Control Team Receives National Metrology Accreditation <p>Reliance Precision Ltd.'s longstanding expertise in measurement, inspection and test has been formally recognised by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL).</p> <p>"The NPL's metrology accreditation is important benchmark for Reliance." - states Chief Inspector, David Torr - "It means that the metrology skills of our team have been verified by a nationally recognised authority.&nbsp; The NPL scheme assessed our "prior learning experience" and required the team to take a technical examination.&nbsp; We now have a qualification that gives independent proof that we can do what we claim to do".</p> <p>For Reliance's customers the NPL Level 1 and 2 accreditations give further confidence in the quality of their supply chain.&nbsp; Reliance provides design, manufacturing and test services to major equipment and systems manufacturers from industries spanning: aerospace, defence, semi-conductor and scientific analysis, and supplies them with custom-built precision components and intricate electro-mechanical assemblies.&nbsp; In all cases accuracy and reliability of performance are critical to the product's success.&nbsp;</p> <p>A supplier's metrology skills - its ability to measure effectively - means that during the manufacturing process it can prove that is manufacturing correctly to the customer's specification.&nbsp; To do this effectively the supplier must be able to demonstrate that they understand what they are&#8230; 1 Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:03:00 +0100 Introducing the Robust Alternative to Optical Encoders <h2 style="text-align: left;">Magnetic Encoder Technology Comes to the Can-Stack Linear Actuator&nbsp;</h2> <p>Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Inc., a premier manufacturer of engineered linear motion products, now offers an integrated magnetic encoder available on the 25mm 25000 Series linear actuators.</p> <p>The extremely compact and fully enclosed incremental encoder utilises solid state technology and includes both analogue detection circuitry and full signal processing from a single chip.&nbsp; When combined with the</p> <p>Can-Stack linear actuator, excellent position feedback can be obtained for use in critical applications including medical equipment, analysis devices and robotics.</p> <p>The 64 line quadrature encoder system utilises a high energy neodymium magnet and provides an 8 bit digital resolution, resulting in a total of 256 output pulses per revolution. The encoder provides 90 degree phase shifted A/B output channels along with a single index pulse for every complete shaft rotation. The encoder circuitry samples angular position at 10,000 samples per second for an output update every 100 microseconds.</p> <p>The 256 pulse magnetic encoder is a great replacement for optical encoders and is virtually immune to vibration, shock, dust, and contaminants. The encoder can be operated using&#8230; 1 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 09:04:00 +0100 Introducing A Range of Stepper Drivers for Linear Actuators <p>Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, Inc., a premier manufacturer of engineered linear motion products, announces the addition of stepper motor drivers available for 24 hour delivery.</p> <p>There's a stepper driver offered for immediate shipment that will work with virtually any size linear actuator offered by Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions. Step resolution ranges from full step and half step bipolar drivers, to microstepping drivers capable of 1/256 step increments at the finest resolution setting. For a complete self-contained programmable stepper motor controller, the IDEA Drive is a perfect choice. The IDEA Drive was developed using all the latest advances in stepper drive technology, along with the integration of a microprocessor-based programming module.&nbsp; All programming is done through a unique Graphic User Interface, which allows the user to quickly write and debug motion programs.</p> <p>Typical applications for Haydon Kerk linear motion products include robotic assemblies in life science research instrumentation, infusion pumps in medical applications, precision liquid dispense systems in medical testing equipment, transport stations and valves in semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and other high-tech precision motion systems.</p> 1 Thu, 15 Sep 2011 09:04:00 +0100 Introducing the 25mm Can-Stack Linear Actuator <h2>Integrated Switch Increases Versatility of the 25mm Can-Stack Linear Actuator</h2> <p>Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions Inc., a leading manufacturer of precision linear motion products, now offers an integrated end-of-stroke proximity sensor available on the 25mm 25000 Series captive linear actuators. The proximity sensor utilises miniature hall effect technology in an IC package mounted directly on the actuator. The hall effect is an ideal technology with a virtually unlimited on-off cycle life due to the non-contact operation of the switch. The Can-Stack linear actuator with the integrated proximity sensor is perfect for limited space applications.</p> <p>A highly repeatable on/off signal is accomplished using a rare earth magnet embedded directly on the end of the internal screw. As the screw moves in and out of the actuator, the magnet moves towards and away from the sensor face causing the device to switch states. The proximity sensor is designed to operate in a digital switch mode using an open-collector output through an integrated NPN transistor switch. The proximity switch is a 3 wire device and requires a supply voltage of 3.8 VDC minimum to 24 VDC maximum with a&#8230; 1 Wed, 29 Jun 2011 12:27:00 +0100 Reliance Exhibits at Paris Air Show 2011 <p>Reliance Precision Limited exhibited its design and manufacturing capabilities at the world's leading air show, at Le Bourget, Paris, from 20<sup>th</sup> to 26<sup>th</sup> June.</p> <p>Reliance featured its longstanding expertise in fine pitch gear design, manufacture, and metrology, together with its experience in high precision geared servo systems.&nbsp; Also featured was its recently expanded clean manufacturing facility for the supply of opto-mechanical assemblies, which has grown significantly in response to increased outsourcing from the aerospace industry.</p> <p>David Sutcliffe, Reliance's Aerospace and Defence Business Manager, commented on the success of the show: "We are delighted at the business activity at Paris; it not only provided a focal point for meetings with our existing customers, but also attracted a lot of interest from new customers from France, Europe and world-wide.&nbsp; For colleagues from our standard products division (Reliance Precision Mechatronics), Paris provided the opportunity to explore working with new agents and distributors world-wide."</p> <p>&nbsp;Visit Reliance Precision Ltd. at Farnborough Air Show, from 9<sup>th</sup> to 15<sup>th</sup> July 2012.</p> 1 Thu, 26 May 2011 09:22:00 +0100 Reliance Exhibits at Subcon 2011 <p>Reliance Precision will be exhibiting its latest design and manufacturing capabilities at Subcon, the UK's international subcontract manufacturing show, at the NEC, Birmingham, from 7<sup>th</sup> to 9<sup>th</sup> June.</p> <p>Work will be featured across a diverse range of technologies including: precision gears and geared mechanisms, quadrupoles for mass spectrometry equipment used in scientific analysis, and specialist opto-mechanical, clean and high vacuum assemblies.</p> <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics (RPM), a division of Reliance Precision Ltd, will also feature at Subcon.&nbsp; RPM's product integration service offers a complementary capability, creating cost-effective sub-assemblies using standard and modified catalogue components.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Ltd. at Subcon, June 7-9<sup>th</sup> 2011, stand G29</p> <p><a href=";afcode=&amp;PartitionCode=" target="_blank">Click here to get your free Subcon invitation. Use invitation code 705015.</a></p> 1 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 09:35:00 +0100 Multi-Helix Couplings, A Strong Group <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics is proud to introduce an extension to its range of helix couplings.</p> <p>The target was to increase the maximum torque so the couplings could be used for heavy duty measurement applications and in linear drives. In this new version, the higher torque capacity is achieved by using multi-beam helixes, with the largest offering a maximum torque of up to 22Nm. These new couplings combine high torsional stiffness with low radial stiffness, thus protecting the bearings and the shafts of the connected drive parts. The couplings are manufactured in one piece, having no moving parts avoids friction loss and the design guarantees good vibration damping.</p> <p>The bore of the helix section is standard, allowing shafts to be placed into the coupling without affecting function. Feather key grooves are also available. The couplings can be supplied in a range of sizes with outer diameters from 9.5mm up to 38.1mm and an overall length from 14.2mm up to 66.7mm. Bores are available from 2mm up to 22mm, with clamp or set screw type fixing hubs. Alternative bore combinations are also possible.</p> <p>The couplings can be supplied in aluminum or stainless steel, allowing them to be used in various applications such&#8230; 1 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:12:00 +0100 Reliance Exhibits at MEDTEC 2011 <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics (RPM) will be exhibiting its range of components and assemblies at MEDTEC, the UK's medical technology and manufacturing exhibition, to be held at the NEC.&nbsp; Products will include leadscrews, couplings, gears, and slides.</p> <p>A major feature at this year's exhibition is RPM's latest product integration capability, demonstrated&nbsp;by RSL Steeper's <em>bebionic</em> prosthetic hand,&nbsp;the finger and thumb actuators of which are supplied by RPM.</p> <p>The specialist manufacturing capabilities of RPM's parent company, Reliance Precision Limited, will also be featured, including&nbsp;recently expanded cleanroom facilities,&nbsp;dedicated to opto-mechanical&nbsp;assembly.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Mechatronics at MEDTEC, April 6-7 2011, stand 1321.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> 1 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:11:00 +0100 Reliance Showcases bebionic Hand At MEDTEC 2011 <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics is proud to feature the RSL Steeper <span style="font-style: italic;">bebionic</span> hand at this year's MEDTEC exhibition. This represents the very latest leading-edge technology in the field of prosthetics and demonstrates Reliance's expertise and adaptability in providing customised mechatronic components and integrated assemblies.</p> <p>Reliance has worked closely with RSL Steeper through the development phase, specifically in the design and manufacture of the finger and thumb actuators. The <span style="font-style: italic;">bebionic</span> hand is fully articulating, with multiple grip patterns, so the challenge has been to achieve the optimum efficiency between speed, power and noise, for the necessary hand flexibility, as well as meeting the weight and size constraints. A thorough technical understanding of the relationship between these requirements has been fundamental to the successful result.</p> <p>Reliance's design and manufacturing expertise has been called upon to industrialise RSL Steeper's design concept, with rapid manufacturing of development samples to validate the design process. The building blocks have been taken from Reliance's catalogue of mechatronic components, providing the essential gears, leadscrew and nut. These have been adapted to suit the specific requirements of this project, with design engineering to integrate the piece-parts and provide a custom assembly.</p> <p>Steve Parker, Technical Director of&#8230; 1 Thu, 06 Jan 2011 08:50:00 +0000 Reliance Expands Optical Assembly Facility <p>Growth in its opto-mechanical business has led Reliance Precision Ltd. to invest in a further specialist clean assembly area for the provision of critical sub-assemblies to the aerospace, defence, medical, scientific and analytical industries.&nbsp; This advanced optical integration facility represents a core expertise for Reliance, combining optical components with electro-mechanical technology.</p> <p>This dedicated facility maintains the necessary disciplines and processes appropriate to working with precision optics.&nbsp; Certified to ISO 7 (Class 10,000) and supplemented by clean air benches to ISO 4 (Class 10), the paperless, electro-static protected area provides a highly integrated inspection, assembly and test capability.</p> <p>Representatives from Selex Galileo Ltd. and Gooch &amp; Housego Ltd. joined Reliance employees, directors and owners to celebrate the opening of the new facility.&nbsp; Andy Brown, VP Business Procurement UK, Selex, presented Reliance's Managing Director with a commemorative coin in recognition of the contribution made by Reliance.&nbsp; The achievement of aggressive growth, together with high levels of technical performance and quality, have been made possible by close teamwork between Reliance, Selex and Gooch &amp; Housego in order to bring the essential&nbsp; mechanical and optical components together successfully.</p> <p>Reliance Precision Ltd provides design, manufacturing, assembly and test services to major equipment and systems manufacturers&#8230; 1 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 09:25:00 +0100 Reliance Expands in Europe <h2>Reliance announces the opening of a new office in the Netherlands to strengthen its business in the Benelux and Europe.</h2> <p><br />Having traded in Europe for many years, Reliance established an office in the Netherlands in the mid-1990s in order to be closer to its mainland European customers. Over the past 15 years Reliance Holland has become a well-known name in the Benelux precision technology industry and has represented Reliance's business across a large part of Europe.<br /><br />"We are delighted with our continued business growth in the Benelux and Europe." says John Bazuin, European Sales Manager, "We have expanded our product range significantly and at the same time we have grown our team to ensure we continue to offer high levels of customer service.&nbsp; We needed a bigger office and are pleased to have found one in the same town. Our new premises mean that Reliance Holland is now more accessible to our customers and there is room to grow in the future."<br /><br />Reliance Holland offers technical and commercial support, helping customers to place orders and assisting technically with new applications or with improvements to current designs. Customers are able to order Reliance's range of mechatronic components and&#8230; 1 Sat, 09 May 2009 00:00:00 +0100 Reliance Launches New Manufacturing Facility <p>Following investment in a new low-energy engineering building, Reliance Precision has continued to expand its design and manufacturing facilities. A new assembly room, specialising in the integration of optical components and mechanical assemblies, has been brought on-line.</p> <p>"We have provided precision electro-mechanical assemblies for many years and have a very extensive suite of component cleaning and clean-room assembly facilities." - notes Finance Director, Ian Walter - "Our decision to expand into electro-optic integration is the result of customers demonstrating their confidence in our quality and taking the strategic decision to outsource a broader scope of assembly work to us."</p> <p>By purchasing fully tested higher level assemblies, including both optical and electro-mechanical components, equipment manufacturers can gain efficiencies in supply chain management, and also secure quality and performance improvements. Furthermore, Reliance is able to custom-design bar-coded packaging and supply assemblies directly to the customer's production line; reducing contamination risk, testing costs, and helping improve production efficiency.</p> <p>The cost of quality is a critical consideration when integrating mechanics and optics; the optical devices are highly sensitive to contamination and it is essential that appropriate equipment, production methods and test facilities are in place. Reliance's new optical integration facility offers: clean-room environment to&#8230; 1 Tue, 08 Dec 2009 00:00:00 +0000 Reliance Achieves Independent EPA Certification for Micro-Electronics Handling Facilities <p>Reliance announces successful certification to BS EN 61340-5-1:2007 for the handling of electro-static sensitive devices (ESDs). The award relates to ESD handling practices across a number of Reliance's manufacturing facilities including its latest, a fully enclosed Electro-static Protected Area (EPA).</p> <p>The EPA is used to assemble performance critical electro-mechanical sub-systems containing highly sensitive electronic devices. These assemblies require effective handling practices to reduce the risk of contamination and failure.</p> <p>Static generating devices are prohibited from the EPA and personnel working within the room, their workbenches and flooring are all fully grounded. Regular tests are carried out on the equipment, benches and flooring to ensure they continue to perform to the EPA specification.</p> <p>Reliance has been active in the assembly of high performance electro-mechanical sub-systems for the defence and aerospace industry for over 40 years. Facing pressure to reduce size, weight and cost, Reliance's customers have begun to introduce more advanced integrated electronics into their sub-assembly designs, moving away from traditional discrete components.</p> <p>"We have worked closely with our customers to understand their design strategies and to assess the implications for reliable manufacture and through life performance." - explains Alistair Gibson, Assembly Engineering Manager. "Our aim has been to foresee problems&#8230; 1 Fri, 03 Sep 2010 09:09:00 +0100 Introducing the RoHS Compliant IDEA External Linear Programmable Actuator <p>Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for premier manufacturer of linear motion products, Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, offers the RoHS compliant IDEA<sup>TM</sup> External Linear Programmable Actuator. This completes a line of fully programmable size 17 stepper motor linear actuators.<br /><br />The external linear IDEA programmable actuator is perfect for small gantry robots, motion systems for optics and lasers, high resolution imaging, precision fluid dispensers, and other applications requiring precise linear motion. &nbsp;<br /><br />The IDEA actuator is a compact, easy-to-use electronic drive and fully programmable control unit. This is integrated with a linear actuator resulting in a single, compact package with a variety of screw pitches allowing fine resolution linear motion and a stroke length of up to 508mm. The actuator is programmed using on-screen graphic buttons, instead of complicated command sets or other proprietary programming languages. The software allows the system designer to easily troubleshoot programs through line-by-line or multiple line program execution using the interactive debug feature.&nbsp; Inputs and outputs can also be simulated in software before connecting I/O hardware.&nbsp;&nbsp; &nbsp;<br />Other features include programmable current control, a single supply voltage of 12 to 48 VDC, 2.6Arms (3.68Apeak) max rated&#8230; 1 Fri, 17 Feb 2012 11:31:00 +0000 Introducing the Linear Rail System with the IDEA Drive <h2>RLRW04 Linear Rail System Available with a Variety of Motor Options</h2> <p>Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for premier manufacturer of linear motion products, Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, offers the RLRW04 Linear Rail System in a variety of configurations, both motorised and non-motorised.</p> <p>These precision linear rail systems consist of a stationary base and a load bearing carriage that travels along a rigid extruded aluminium rail. The RLRW04 Linear Rail System is available with several in-line motor options, including a single or double stack size 17 stepper motor, a stepper motor with an integral chopper drive, or the IDEA&trade; programmable linear actuator, consisting of the stepper motor, drive, and controller programmed through a graphic user interface (GUI). The RLRW04 is also available without a motor, easily allowing the designer flexibility to integrate with a variety of motor types and belt and pulley configurations.</p> <p>The RLRW04 carriage design is unique; it controls slide bearing play with a patent pending self-adjusting linear bearing. Integrated along the entire length of the rail system are "T" slots, allowing the ability to mount limit switches and sensors. The leadscrew is manufactured from 303 stainless steel and can&#8230; 1 Sat, 22 May 2010 00:00:00 +0100 Apprenticeship Scheme - now closed for 2010 <p>Reliance Precision has commenced its recruitment process for next year's apprenticeship intake. With an EAL approved on-site training school and dedicated staff, the apprenticeship scheme is renowned within the industry and offers recruits an opportunity to develop skills of the highest quality. Many of Reliance's experienced engineers started their careers as apprentices, and are only too happy to pass their experience on to the next generation. Reliance's commitment to quality extends to training, ensuring that the company continues to combine new skills with longevity of practical engineering experience so customers receive the very best precision manufacturing service.</p> 1 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 11:19:00 +0000 Integrated Stepper Motor Linear Actuator and Chopper Drive <h2>Available with a Haydon size 17 stepper motor</h2> <p>Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, a premier manufacturer of linear motion products introduces the MotoDrive<sup>TM</sup> PDE Captive Linear Actuator which is available in size 17 single or double stack. The MotoDrive comes with an integrated chopper drive forming a compact system that is ideal for precision motion control applications.</p> <p>The MotoDrive is capable of an output force of 220N (50lbs) for the single stack version and 350N (78lbs) for the double stack version. The captive configuration allows for a self-contained linear actuator unit with an anti-rotation device guiding a splined output shaft. The MotoDrive is ideal for applications requiring shorter stroke lengths (up to 2.5") such as precision fluid dispensing, throttle control and valve movement.</p> <p>The MotoDrive can be programmed for micro-stepping with a step resolution range of 200 full steps per revolution to 12,800 steps per revolution when micro-stepping. With a supply voltage of 12 to 42 vdc, the MotoDrive actuator functions with a run current programmable up to 2.6 Arms per phase. Optically isolated inputs of pulse, direction and enable signals are required for operation. The&#8230; 1 Thu, 19 Nov 2009 11:16:00 +0000 Thermo Electron Rely on Linear Motion Expertise from Reliance <p>Reliance of Huddersfield prides itself on providing continuous customer support throughout product life.</p> <p>Thermo Electron has used Reliance&rsquo;s linear products in their AA series spectrometers since 1999. As the product has evolved Thermo Electron has repeatedly drawn on Reliance&rsquo;s linear motion expertise to help them achieve their specified criteria and maintain their accuracy requirements.</p> <p>Thermo Electron&rsquo;s Design Engineers first approached Reliance with an interest in using two leadscrews in their spectrometer design, one to control the prism rotation and the other to control the optical grating.</p> <p>As the AA series developed the designers were also challenged with providing a mechanism for height adjustment of the flame. Engineers at Reliance were able to satisfy this requirement by designing in a screwrail.</p> <p>With both the evolution of the product and the manufacturing world&rsquo;s demand for higher quality yet lower price, Thermo Electron sought to simplify the spectrometer design. Once again turning to Reliance for support, the screwrail was replaced with Reliance&rsquo;s new screw driven RGLS slide. These slides integrate a leadscrew and slide into one neat, space saving package providing an economical solution with fewer parts which also facilitates assembly and gives excellent robustness and rigidity.</p> <p>The RGLS slide consists of an&#8230; 1 Mon, 07 Sep 2009 15:59:00 +0100 State Of The Art Component Cleaning From Super Clean Reliance <p>With over 20 years experience in precision design and manufacture for contamination sensitive industries, Reliance Precision Limited is continually developing by utilizing new technologies and processes.</p> <p>The latest addition to their capabilities is a state-of-the-art automated 13 stage cleaning line. The system complements their existing facilities which include a 350m<sup>2</sup> assembly cleanroom, classified to ISO 14644 Class ISO 6.</p> <p>The line will benefit new and existing projects in areas such as semiconductor, medical, high vacuum and laser optics. PLC controlled, the system can be programmed to facilitate the exact requirements for customer, material or process specific cleaning routines. Reliance provides a full project management service, combining their facilities with their vast industry knowledge.</p> 1 Mon, 07 Sep 2009 09:48:00 +0100 Mechatronic Tidal Simulation Assists Scientists <p>Scientists from London's Imperial College are using the new RT3 version of the Reliance Cool Muscle NEMA 23 integrated servo system to reproduce the sub-surface pressure changes created by lunar tides in laboratory research experiments directed at improving oil recovery.</p> <p>The unique abilities of the RT3 version along with the support provided by Reliance allow the scientists to concentrate on the research without having to spend time controlling and verifying the test system.</p> <p>The compact closed loop motor system has unique abilities to share I/Os, perform complex coordinated motion and use mathematical notation to perform motion. The onboard memory and logic banks along with the integrated tuners, vector drive, amplifiers, 32 bit RISC processor and 50,000 count magnetic encoder provide an intelligent motor which delivers cool running and smooth motion.</p> <p>For this application, the motor moves extremely slowly and has been programmed to complete a 400mm long inverse cosine motion profile over a 12 hour 24 minute period using a 0.1" leadscrew. Using this feature the scientists are able to replicate the lunar tides found in underground oil reservoirs for their experiments.</p> 1 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 16:46:00 +0100 Experienced Rotary and Linear Specialists Evolve <p>With more that fifty years experience in the design and manufacture of precision components, Reliance Precision Mechatronics LLP is now utilising this experience to design families of new motion control assemblies using their ingenious intelligent Reliance Cool Muscle motor with the latest in closed loop integrated motor technology.</p> <p>These new assemblies include:-</p> <ul> <li>The Reliance Cool Motion Slide - available in lengths up to 1.4 metres, these compact slides combine the high speed and linear accuracy of a screw driven slide with the intelligence of an integrated motor.</li> <li>The Reliance Cool Muscle Racktuator&reg; - a compact and lightweight linear actuation system with the option of solid or hollow racks. </li> <li>Planetary Gearboxes - with interfaces designed to suit the Reliance Cool Muscle motor these units provide an economic solution where high efficiency, low backlash and long life are required.</li> </ul> <p>The Reliance Cool Muscle Motor, available in NEMA sizes 11, 17, and 23, has unique abilities to network with other motors performing synchronised or simultaneous complex coordinated motion. In 2007 the RT3 version of the motor was released with the new capability of sharing I/Os and using mathematical notation to perform movement.</p> <p>Reliance's attention to quality and accuracy is demonstrated&#8230; 1 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 09:02:00 +0100 New Range Geared Up for Different Accuracies <h3>Accuracy across different budgets is the focus of the new comprehensive gear range from Reliance Precision Mechatronics LLP.</h3> <p>For a very economical balance of accuracy against cost, the brass spur gears in the range are designed for less demanding applications where accuracies up to ISO 9/10 are required.</p> <p>Higher accuracy applications benefit from the choice of stainless steel and aluminium alloy precision cut gears or stainless steel fine pitch ground gears. The plain or anti-backlash precision cut gears are designed for long life and low torque transmission capabilities. The fine pitch ground gears go down to a 0.5 module and are accurate to ISO 5. These gears are easily tailored to suit interface requirements and offer higher torque transmission capabilities.</p> <p>High accuracy applications can be supplied with either precision cut gears or fine pitch ground gears. The plain or anti backlash precision cut gears are available in stainless steel or aluminium alloy and are designed for long life and low torque transmission capabilities. The fine pitch ground gears are available in stainless steel down to 0.5 module and are accurate to ISO 5. These gears are easily tailored to suit interface requirements and offer higher torque transmission capabilities.</p> <p>The new&#8230; 1 Tue, 08 Sep 2009 09:09:00 +0100 Quadrupole Mass Filters <p>Reliance Precision Limited has over 15 years experience in the manufacture of Quadrupole Mass Filters (QMF) for mass spectrometers. Over these years their facilities have evolved into a state of the art quadrupole manufacturing facility with experienced designers, clean room assembly, inspection and precision cleaning.</p> <p>It is well known that the Quadrupole Mass Filter requires a very high degree of mechanical accuracy. Reliance has developed a computer model of the Quadrupole Mass Filter. This is used to evaluate the design of a Quadrupole Mass Filters against its performance criteria. Tolerance details for size, straightness, orthogonality, symmetry, positional accuracy, curvature, taper, and parallelism can be studied, and tolerances relevant to the customer's application may be stipulated. The model can produce details of ion entrance conditions, trajectories, and exit conditions, as well as representative mass peak shapes. Transmission versus resolution can be rapidly assessed for any design and in doing so, the optimum ion injection conditions can be specified.</p> <p>The manufacturing processes are based around 12mm diameter electrode rods, dimensions and features of which can be produced to sub micron precisions. To match this, the mechanical dimensions of the parts and assemblies can be determined to within a few microns; often using&#8230; 1