On top of the increased uptime, robotic machine tending systems are more accurate, safer and more repeatable than manual loading and unloading. Not only can this increase the quality of parts produced, but it can reduce the amount of error in the machining process, maximizing throughput and minimizing wasted materials and time. The increased uptime benefit comes from the ability to do what known as “lights out” runs, setting up a large run of items to be machined in the evening, and coming back in the morning to find them finished.
Machine Tending Simulation using Universal Robot
Benefits of Robotic Machine Tending
Lower operating costs and fast Return on Investment
Improve speed and precision as well as reliability and quality
Relieve machine operators from physically demanding, repetitive work, freeing them up for more valuable tasks
Eliminate the risk of injuries
Flexibility if your work flow changes, the Universal Robot can be deployed quickly and easily elsewhere due to its small size and lightweight design
Small footprint, the robots can even be pole mounted beside the machine, taking up almost no floor space, and when using Universal Robots, no caging is necessary
SMAC is a leading manufacturer of precision programmable electric actuators based on moving coil technology. SMAC actuators are unique in that force, position, and speed are totally programmable. SMAC electric actuators are designed to perform at exceptionally high speeds or very low speeds and with sub-micron accuracy and repeatability. Patented Soft-Land™ function gives extremely accurate sensing of product location or dimensions.
This makes SMAC electric actuators ideal for a wide range of high cycle positioning, measuring, inspection, and pick and place applications, particularly where 100% verification is required. Customers desiring to increase up-time, ease of set up, and adjustment can make dramatic improvements by using mechatronic SMAC Moving Coil technology.
High speed, compact and price-competitive cylinder actuators that provide an alternative to pneumaticcylinders with superior performance. SMAC electric cylinders offer life cycle well beyond 100 million cycles and the ability to repeat a move within one millisecond with no stiction. The conventional cylinder actuator shape and multiple mounting points allow the electric cylinders to be directly retrofitted in most cases.
A comprehensive selection of electric linear actuators are offered in a wide range of sizes, styles, and options for automated manufacturing, packaging, assembly applications, and more. These programmable linear actuators range from units with 10mm stroke in a compact unit only 8mm in height, to units with 250mm of stroke length or up to 500N peak force.
Linear Rotary Actuators
The precision Z-theta motion within one small actuator, providing a convenient pick, orient and place. A wide variety of linear rotary actuators are offered with either direct drive or gearbox equipped rotary units.
The vacuum-built-in shaft through the rotary motor is available for some models to prevent dust build-up in the unit. These z-theta actuators can easily be programmed to control force/torque, position and velocity in all axes at the same time with feedback capability. SMAC’s unique, patented “Soft-Land” function enables the unit to gently land on a delicate component with a controlled force to avoid damage of both the component and the actuator.
The decision to invest in automating is reached by in-depth analysis of sales, finance, space, staff and your return on investment.
When you decide you want or need to automate, how do you then select the right automation solution that is best suited to your process…Reliance Automation specialises in assisting you in this process and at no cost to you…
Reliance is the only authorised specialist automation company in Ireland that is nationally based and not biased towards using one technology over another. This means we will support you where-ever you are located and we will have your best interests as our primary goal.
Reliance is partnered with the widest range of global leading automation technology manufacturers and depending on what your application is, we will determine what the best suite of technologies will be for you to achieve your automation goals with no hidden agendas.
Reliance is not an integrator, instead we work with the majority of established integrators based in Ireland. If your application requires an integrator to be involved, we will know which integrator is best suited to your project and importantly, will deliver on time, using best in class technologies and within budget. In addition, Reliance Automation will always be there all the way to make sure your project runs smoothly from start to finish.
What’s the catch…There is none. Reliance specialises and represents the widest range of automation technologies in Ireland, we have nearly 100 years of application knowhow and we have very strong partnerships to ensure any automation project will be delivered at the best price for the application. When a project needs to be automated, Reliance’s role is to marry all of the key components of the project so that the process is easy, efficient, cost effective and most importantly, delivers the planned return on investment. Our strong ethos is a collaborative open book partnership approach to any project we are involved in. Read on for some practical and impartial advice to help you choose the right technology for your application.
Which Robot is Right for your Application
Cost: From €16k for robot
Programming: Must be programmed by integrator or robot brand supplier
Flexibility: Can be re-deployed but needs integrator and re-programming
Safety: Non-collaborative due to high speeds and payloads so needs guarding or light curtains
Versatility: Many end of arm tool options
Reach: Up to 4m
Space: Usually needs considerable floor space but can be ceiling mounted
Support: 24/7 support 365 days a year
Speed: High speed option
Payload: Can manage huge payloads and is used for car manufacturing
Other Costs: Up to €100k for safety guarding, programming, EOAT, cell etc.
Cost: From €23k
Programming: Can be done by in-house engineers so no need for outside integrators
Flexibility: Adapts to processes and can be re-programmed in house quickly and easily
Safety: Conforms to health and safety standards and is safe when run in Collaborative mode
Versatility: Many end of arm tool options. For collaborative mode the EOAT must also be collaborative
Reach: Up to 1.35m
Space: Ideal for small spaces no guarding needed
Support: 24/7 support 365 days a year
Speed: Ideal for slower processes in collaborative mode
Payload: Max 16kg including EOAT – Can be increased to 45kg using CobotLift (Supplied by Reliance Automation)
Other Costs: EOAT from €2k
Industrial robots are ideal for applications that are high speed and require heavy lifting. These could include high speed palletising, pick and place of heavy car components etc. The project focus is on speed and not on space. Industrial robots allow for fast return on investment due to scaling up of production through dramatically increased speed and running 24/7. These robots solve issues such as output increases, quality, and heavy lifting. View suitable applications in the video below.
Collaborative robots are suited to smaller intricate applications such as pick and place within the pharmaceutical or food industry. These applications are not speed focused, but space is an issue. Collaborative robots work well in busy production areas where operator interaction is necessary. Collaborative robots can palletise using a very small footprint. They are also easy to program and re-deploy in house. Collaborative robots solve such issues as repetitive stress injury, quality, output. View suitable applications in the video below.
What’s The Verdict?
It is clear that both collaborative and industrial robots have a place in the production line with different advantages. Which one is best is dependent on the specific application. Both are compaiable with other equipment such as end of arm tooling, conveyors, motors, HMI and PLC etc. At Reliance Automation we can supply you directly with both Universal Collaborative Robots and Nachi Industrial robots and we support our customers to ensure they make the best equipment choices. We work with you and our suppliers to ensure you reach your automation goals and achieve the best ROI.
Contact Reliance Automation www.relianceautomation.ie for more information email@example.com
Ifac and Reliance Automation publish a guide to help businesses on their automation journey in response to rise in enquiries
Ifac, Ireland’s farming, food and agribusiness professional services firm, and Reliance Automation have joined forces to support Irish food businesses considering automation.
Recent advances in technology mean robotic automation is now more accessible, cost-effective and safe, and less complicated than in the past. The automation opportunities that now exist can enhance businesses of all sizes; cobots (collaborative robots) can now take on a wide range of repeatable production tasks from the end of production line inspections and packaging to tray handling and loading products onto pallets.
Automation can also help to address a wide range of manufacturing challenges including increasing productivity, improving efficiencies and product quality, and redeploying teams to higher-value work. By addressing these challenges, businesses can achieve higher margins, improve competitiveness, manage staffing shortages, enhance their health and safety management, and mitigate the impacts of Covid-19 and Brexit.
Ifac and Reliance Automation have partnered to produce a practical guide for business owners and CEOs to help them manage the funding process from start to finish. The publication covers planning and implementing automation projects, return on investment, funding your investment in automation, and business process automation.
Speaking at a photocall to launch the publication, Robert Troy T.D., and Minister of State for Trade Promotion, Digital and Company Regulation said:
“I am very pleased to see positive momentum in Ireland to assist businesses to adapt to new digital technologies and embrace digitalisation. As we navigate the road ahead, we must ensure our SMEs are able to adapt to new innovations and reap the benefits of digital transformation.
“My Department recognises that investment in Advanced Manufacturing and Digitalisation are vital to ensuring that Irish companies remain competitive. Specific financial and advisory supports are available to the food sector through its agencies, Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, for the advancement of technologies in the area of robotics, cobotics, automation and industry 4.0.
“We are committed to supporting companies to mitigate the challenges presented by both COVID-19 and Brexit, and now, more than ever, it is important to look at ways to improve both business and manufacturing processes, to make your business more resilient and competitive.”
Head of Food and Agribusiness at ifac, David Leydon said:
“Business transformation makes up a big part of the work we do at ifac and now we’re seeing businesses move faster towards automation than ever before. You don’t have to be a big business to put in industrial robots – cobots are now available to any SME and the cost is coming down all the time.
“We are delighted to collaborate with Peter and the Reliance Team on this guide. There are things in the guide that some businesses aren’t fully aware of so we hope it will be of some assistance. At ifac, we will work with business owners every step of the way on their automation journey to help them future-proof their businesses.”
Managing Director of Reliance Automation, Peter Creighton said:
“There is no doubt that we are seeing a rise in the number of automation enquiries. Smart automation solutions are now easier, faster, and more cost-effective to employ in all types of industry. Jobs that are not suitable for people to do, repetitive or dangerous processes are very suited to both collaborative and industrial robots. Implementing sensible automation solutions frees up experienced employees to be redeployed to do more rewarding and productive work.
“This approach also enables manufacturers to grow and achieve important economies of scale, very cost-effectively. Reliance Automation is delighted to be partnering with David and his team at ifac to help manufacturers make sensible decisions about intelligent automation solutions that will help their businesses realise their true ambitions.”
In September, ifac published its 2020 Food and AgriBusiness Report – its third annual sentiment survey of Irish food and agribusiness small and medium-sized enterprises conducted during June and July. The findings revealed that one in four respondents believe increased investment in new technology and automation will be one of the long-term impacts on their businesses from Covid-19
Reliance Automation has partnered with Vantage to support our clients with validation and serialisation. Vantage consulting group is a well known and respected global company that has been supporting manufacturers for decades. Vantage is based in New Jersey, USA and boasts some of the major pharmaceutical giants as their customers.
In order to offer their customers the most up to date technology to enable them to be at the forefront of their industries, Reliance Automation felt it was time to offer digital based supports. Validation is a huge part of planning and execution for all major manufacturing projects and Reliance Automation is pleased to be able to now offer this service.
Peter Creighton, MD of Reliance comments “Reliance is thrilled to be partnering with Vantage who are the global leader in serialisation, validation and strategic vision consultancy. We are very much looking forward to introducing Vantage to our life sciences clients as we continue to drive towards helping improved efficiency, reliability, compliance and productivity.”
in 2018, as a result of counterfeit drugs flooding the market from South East Asia, serialisation was made a legal requirement in the pharmaceutical industry. Apart from protection against counterfeiting, serialisation has also introduced many other benefits such as protection of consumer safety, brand protection, improved efficiency and controlled costs and recall integrity.
Emma Lacy, Marketing and Business Development manager for Reliance Automation comments “It is important for us to support our customers from inception of projects, through implementation and finally to montioring. We are leaders in innovation and for that reason we want to ensure our customers have the best and most up to date technical supports on their production lines.”
“For almost 100 years Reliance customers have trusted us to supply their hardware and we are delighted to now be able to work with them through their entire production process, supporting hardware with validation, serialisation and line monitoring solutions. In this way we can ensure our customers are saving time and money throughout their production processes “
In partnership with Vantage Consulting group, Reliance Automation offers serialisation, validation and monitoring/counting systems to ensure customers can impement lean systems into their production facilities as well as monitor and control the output and success of these systems. Contact Reliance Automation for more information.
resources to help businesses access automation in the wake of Covid-19
support safety measures and allow Irish SMEs to keep operations going
Automation, an Irish supplier of automation and robots is located in Dublin, Cork
and Limerick. Reliance offers a wide
range of automation solutions for various industries including pharmaceutical
and food. Among its many high-profile brand
partners is Universal Robots, the world’s most recognised collaborative robot supplier.
with Universal robots, Reliance Automation has announced it will introduce its
first-ever ‘SME Automation Month’ this October. The month will be dedicated to supporting
Ireland’s community of small and mid-size enterprises to understand and access collaborative
robots (cobots) to begin to bounce back from the challenges of Covid-19.
designed specifically to tackle the pain points faced by smaller businesses
when adopting automation, will offer a wide array of free resources such as
webinars and online, one-to-one consultations with local automation experts, as
well as new leasing options which will allow SMEs to reap the financial rewards
of automation before having to start payback on their cobot.
The full SME
Automation Month offering includes:
Introductory Webinar – SMEs can join an
expert-led webinar on Wednesday October 7th at 11:00am which will detail the month’s offering in full and serve as a guide to
attendees on how to avail of resources.
Free Automation Assessments
– connect with experts who can analyse existing
operations and detail where cobots can optimise production, increasing efficiency,
output and profits
New Leasing Terms – although
UR cobots are already affordable, starting at just
£300 per month, UR’s new ‘buy now, start paying 2021’ leasing programme allows SMEs
to reap the financial reward of automation right away
Expert training – businesses can train their team in cobot programming within 2-4 days. As UR cobots
are highly user-friendly, very little training is needed.
Quick, painless setup – cobots can be set up within 30 minutes, meaning that SMEs can
benefit from increased productivity and profits almost immediately
Mark Gray, Ireland
Country Manager said: “Following a challenging period for the
industry, greater adoption of automation is critical across the Irish SME
landscape to allow producers to support jobs by ensuring they are competitive,
efficient and flexible enough to thrive now and into the future. Yet, we know
that many Irish SMEs still feel ill-equipped to start their journey with
automation. We also appreciate that during these uncertain times, SMEs are
understandably reluctant to invest in new technologies, but with cobots,
smaller businesses can reap the benefits, almost immediately and at an
“We’d love to
see Irish SMEs engaging with automation like we have seen across the UK in
recent months and SME Automation Month is an ideal time to do so. Bloom in a
Box used our cobots to adapt their operations quickly during the initial
coronavirus outbreak, switching their production line from packing flowers to
manufacturing PPE, proving that whether a business wants to improve existing
operations or quickly adapt to a new market opportunity, cobots make it simpler
to be flexible and stay profitable.
Robots, we’ve seen a huge increase in the frequency of cobots in the Irish
workplace in the last 12 months, with approximately 250 cobots in place across
the country as it stands. In addition, there has been huge variation in the
types of workplace enquiring and adopting cobots to perform specific functions.
And while we do envisage that cobots will make their way into more
consumer-facing outlets in retail, hospitality and healthcare quite soon, it’s
highly unlikely that a cobot is a threat to your job.
“The magic of
cobots is that they are purposefully designed to change the workplace for the
better – to collaborate with humans and make their working life easier. In
addition, cobots make the workplace safer by ensuring that humans no longer
have to do dangerous or overtly manual labour. Now with distancing a key
measure in the fight against coronavirus, cobots pose a real opportunity for
“We hope that the increased prevalence of cobots, as part of the rise of automation will deliver a positive shift in the perceptions held towards them. For us, it’s all about education and helping people to see the benefits to understand that cobots are here to support and empower.” Businesses can find out more about SME Automation Month and register for resources by visiting www.relianceautomation.ie
IFAC Ireland have launched their annual Food and Agribusiness Report, a comprehensive review of the challenges and opportunities facing the Irish food industry Our MD Peter Creighton shared his insights into the future role of automation and collaborative robots within the Irish food industry in the report.
Further to government guidelines
regarding the provision of essential services, Reliance is classified as an essential service provider by the Irish Government under the new public health guideline will remain operational during this period.
Our 3 branch’s remain open and will
operate as usual with trade counters adhering to strict physical distancing
procedures. We have implemented all HSE and government guidelines in our facilities to
protect our team as best we can as health and wellbeing for us is our top
As you face the challenges of
operating during this period please know that our 24/7 out of hours emergency
service remains in place. If this service is required, please phone the
landline of the Reliance branch closest to you to receive our out hours mobile
We want to assure you during this unprecedented crisis that Reliance is operating at full capacity.
Whether from our 3 x Branch locations or remotely, our dedicated support teams will continue to operate as per usual.
We have implemented all HSE and government guidelines in our offices to protect our team as best we can as health and wellbeing for us all are the most important thing right now.
As you face the challenges of operating during this period we want to advise you that our 24/7 out of hours emergency service remains in place. If this service is required, please phone the landline of the Reliance branch closest to you to receive out hours numbers.
The Reliance branch landlines are as follows – • Dublin – 01 4502821 • Cork – 021 4354204 • Limerick – 061 419158
Please be rest assured if there is anything we can do to help you and your business during this time, please let us know and we will do our best to assist!
Reliance Automation together with UR Robots has launched a cobot leasing program in collaboration with DLL, a global vendor finance company giving manufacturers of all sizes an option to finance the purchase of UR Cobots.
With flexible payment options, payments can be scheduled to fit fluctuations in cash flow, upgrade to new equipment, or add cobots anytime during the contract term.
At the end of the finance term, customers will have the option to buy the equipment for a fraction of the original cost, upgrade to newer technology, extend the finance term or simply return the equipment.
Reliance continues on the path of being Ireland’s leading Automation and Robotics specialists! Reliance Automation is very pleased to announce that we are now the official technical partner for MiR (Mobile Industrial Robots) for Ireland.
MiR Collaborative mobile robots are global innovators in changing the way Industry moves product and materials within facilities, by automating internal transport and logistics.
MiR Robots can be mounted with standard top modules such as lifts for pallets and hooks for towing, or customised top modules such as bins and racks, or even a Cobot arm. The standard top modules are easy to change out allowing redeployment of the Robot to many different tasks. Currently 4 Robots are available with payload capacities of up to 1000Kgs.
Call us today and let us show you how MiR can radically shape your processes into the future…
January will be a busy month for Reliance Automation, in addition to exhibiting at Pendutech we will end the month with a return to the National Manufacturing event in Citywest Convention Centre.
Future proof your manufacturing process with Reliance Automation! Our team and automation partners will be on hand to demonstrate our solutions to simplify & automate your production process enabling you to reduce cost, improve efficiency and productivity.
the new decade ahead with purpose, passion and performance.
Automation and Universal Robots will be exhibiting a range of cobots at the new
Pendutech expo at the Pendulum Summit in Jan 2020. Reliance Automation and UR
cobots will proudly showcase technical advances and innovative workplace
solutions to the World’s top business leaders, entrepreneurs and forward
Sophia, the World’s most advanced humanoid Robot, is opening Pendutech expo and will be addressing the Pendulum summit. Sophia and UR is sure to inspire attendees to maximise business potential through the future use of Robotics. Reliance Automation and UR cobots is looking forward to demonstrate how we can unlock this potential and help grow your business to the next level.
Pendutech takes place at the Pendulum Summit in the Convention Centre Dublin on the 8th & 9th January.
The heavy duty UR16e is the latest edition to the e-series family of cobots from Universal Robots .
UR16e combines the high 16 kg payload with a reach of 900 mm and pose repeatability of +/- 0.05 mm. The UR16e is the game-changing Cobot we’ve been waiting for, it is ideal for automating tasks such as heavy-duty material handling, heavy-part handling, and machine tending.
Last week Reliance Automation and Universal Robots were back on hte road again with the Automation Roadshow stopping in Mullingar and Croke Park.
We recieved very positive feedback from exhibitors and attendees at both events who found the morning very informative and beneficial. At the Roadshows the attendees could see for themselves how easy and safe UR cobots are to use and how the end of arm technologies demonstrated on the day could be used in their production processes.
Newstalk joined us on our Automation Roadshow in Croke Park last week. See link below for report!
Reliance Automation and Universal Robots are hitting the road again in September. Our Automation Roadshow will make stops in Mullingar ( Irish Manufacturing Research Lab) and Dublin (Croke Park).
At our roadshow you will have the unique opportunity to discuss application specific queries in depth with our key automation partners. Even more, you will have the opportunity to program the flexible and user-friendly robots yourself. Roadshows are free but places are limited, so please book your spot below!
Reliance is delighted to have been appointed as a distributor for Olympus Technologies.
Olympus Technologies Ltd. has developed a unique Universal Robot Welding system that can be deployed easily into existing manual welding booths, eliminating the need for costly new robotic cells. The system is capable of providing an economical and high quality robotic welding solution, perfect for simple and repetitive welding processes. Affordability: great value for smaller businesses seeking to invest in robot welding Easy Programming: simplest programming interface on the market – quick and smooth transition into production. Full training included Fully Integrated: welding characteristics controlled on robot – changes can be made mid-process Compelling Cost Benefit Case: customers typically see 4x productivity increases Consistent Quality: every part is welded to the same quality, providing the source parts are consistent Your Solution to Welder Recruitment: existing trained welders are released onto more complex tasks – the job of running the robot’s production can be handled by an operator
Universal Robots and Reliance are pleased to announce we will be running workshops nationwide to demonstrate innovative automation solutions.
Our aim is to show you how production efficiencies can be optimised through Universal Robots Cobots and related automation technologies.
At our workshop you will have the unique opportunity to discuss application specific queries in depth with our key automation partners who offer a wealth of experience ranging from different end-effector technologies and tooling.
Even more, you will have the opportunity to program the flexible and user-friendly robots yourself.
Our Roadshows will take place in May (Limerick and Galway) and September (Midlands and Dublin)
Reliance is delighted to announce our new partnership with Soft Robotics Inc. Soft Robotics is an innovative end of arm tooling manufacturing company whose pneumatic gripping system has human hand-like dexterity – meaning it can manipulate items that vary in size, shape & weight!
mGrip allows quick tool builds with limitless configurations and spacing options. Each mGrip kit comes equipped with the components needed to build, validate and install production-ready systems in minutes.
On Friday 11th January Tánaiste Simon Coveney, officially opened Reliance Limerick Ballysimon.
The morning also marked the distribution partnership between Reliance and Universal Robots. A UR arm collaborated with Mr Coveney cutting the ribbon in front of a gathering of Reliance customers, Politicians, Limerick sporting heroes and media.
Left to Right, David Wallace, Tánaiste Simon Coveney, Peter Creighton (MD Reliance), Samantha Cummins-Byrne (UR Robots)
Below are links to some of the media coverage of the event