Reliance Precision Mechatronics - News http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/ Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:03:00 +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="mailto:sales@reliance.co.uk">sales@reliance.co.uk</a></p> <div></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>/en/news/143/reli-a-flex%C2%AE+coupling+patented+slot+design+delivers++smooth+motion+transfer 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/143/reli-a-flex%C2%AE+coupling+patented+slot+design+delivers++smooth+motion+transfer Fri, 07 Feb 2014 09:47:00 +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="mailto:sales@reliance.co.uk">sales@reliance.co.uk</a> for product information, design support and custom solutions.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>/en/news/142/versatile+cost+effective+double+loop+couplings+from+reliance 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/142/versatile+cost+effective+double+loop+couplings+from+reliance Thu, 06 Feb 2014 08:31:00 +0000 Reliance Precision Contributes to Rosetta's Success <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 deep space at a distance of around 500 million miles from our works here in Huddersfield.</p> <p>Having been travelling for 10 years Rosetta will engage with the comet in August and commence mapping and characterisation of the comet's surface. This is partly in preparation for the November launch of 'Philae'; a separate landing probe designed to analyse water and other chemicals present on the icy rock. The mission is groundbreaking in that a spacecraft has never come into such close proximity with a comet, let alone deploy a landing vessel. In conjunction with Philae, Rosetta will continue to orbit and gather data and information for up to one year. Comets are thought to be debris that predates our solar system and scientists believe studying them could help expand our knowledge of the universe.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>/en/news/141/reliance+precision+contributes+to+rosetta%27s+success 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/141/reliance+precision+contributes+to+rosetta%27s+success Wed, 08 Jan 2014 09:02:00 +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> <p>"I was really interested in science and technology at school, but wanted to use that practically rather than continuing to just study for years," she said.</p> <p>"My teacher recommended an apprenticeship with Reliance Precision would be the best route for me and he was right. I get to learn skills in a real engineering company with experiences you could never get in the classroom."</p> <p>A government report, Tomorrow's Engineers, found the UK has the lowest percentage of female engineering professionals in Europe. Megan says this spurred her on, adding: "For me, often being the only female has not been a problem and no-one has ever treated me any differently.</p> <p>"I would encourage any girl interested in science and engineering to go for it and would love to see more and more female engineers coming into the industry in the future."</p> <p>Grants of up to &pound;1,500 are available to fund new apprenticeships in businesses of up to 1,000 employees which have not taken on an apprentice in the past year and Kirklees Business Brokers are able to help companies explore the best option for them and unlock that funding.</p> <p>Kirklees Council leader Clr Mehboob Khan said: "Kirklees has a strong heritage of engineering and Megan's story shows the importance of apprenticeships to ensuring our area continues to be a world leader in the industry.</p> <p>"Kirklees Council, in partnership with Leeds City Region, is committed to helping businesses grow and develop their workforce by introducing apprenticeships. Our Business Brokers scheme is helping more companies to find the grants, incentives and other free support available so they can support their firm's growth, and offer opportunities to young people, through apprenticeships."</p> <p>He said: "With so few females in this country choosing engineering as a career option, it is encouraging to see that companies like Reliance Precision are helping buck that trend here in Kirklees.</p> <p>"I would encourage other companies to contact the Business Brokers to find out how apprentices can support their work."</p> <p>Contact the Business Brokers team on 01484 437075 or e-mail <a href="mailto:apphub@kirklees.gov.uk">apphub@kirklees.gov.uk</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Article supplied courtesy of Kirklees Council.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>/en/news/140/business+brokers+scheme+aims+to+boost+apprenticeships 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/140/business+brokers+scheme+aims+to+boost+apprenticeships Thu, 05 Dec 2013 14:57:00 +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>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 how the programme is being taken forward to provide new auditing tools, strengthening the element of relationship excellence, expanding to cover design as well as manufacturing, and also extending geographically.</p>/en/news/139/reliance+retains+sc21+silver+award 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/139/reliance+retains+sc21+silver+award Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:31:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at Precisiebeurs <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>/en/news/138/reliance+to+exhibit+at+precisiebeurs 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/138/reliance+to+exhibit+at+precisiebeurs Thu, 07 Nov 2013 16:28:00 +0000 Reliance to Exhibit at SPS,IPC,Drives <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 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>/en/news/137/reliance+to+exhibit+at+sps%2Cipc%2Cdrives 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/137/reliance+to+exhibit+at+sps%2Cipc%2Cdrives Sun, 20 Oct 2013 00:00:00 +0000 New Reliance Precision 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 offer:</p> <p>"Particularly relevant for all of us in this industry is the need to continue to innovate, increasing the cost effectiveness and reliability of equipment. We perform well when we are addressing difficult engineering scenarios in design and assembly and Reliance can bring substantial added value to projects, especially when a programme is in the early stages of development."</p> <p>As the global recession in public finances continues to bite in sectors such as aerospace and defence, Andrew believes it has never been more essential to encourage durable business relationships. By focussing on long term projects and providing outstanding customer support, Reliance has maintained a healthy flow of business and continues to find new work despite the current economic downturn. Defence is viewed as a key part of the company's long term future and Reliance understands that it must forge ever closer partnerships with its customers to maintain its success. Andrew would encourage anyone working at the early stages of a design programme involving precise, accurate motion to consider Reliance as their design and manufacturing partner.</p> <p>Speaking on a more personal level, Andrew finds his new role at Reliance both stimulating and enjoyable. He comments on his new life in West Yorkshire:</p> <p>"I sometimes imagine what I would have thought of myself as a 14 year old looking forward to what I'm doing now; discussing matters of space technology and being involved with designing a bionic hand: working alongside highly motivated and technical people who achieve extraordinary new things. It is a highly rewarding job and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead."</p> <p>Further information about Reliance's design support services is available at <a href="http://www.reliance.co.uk/en/design" title="Design Support">www.reliance.co.uk/en/design</a></p>/en/news/136/new+reliance+precision+md+predicts+a+bright+future+for+design+engineering+in+the+defence+industry 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/136/new+reliance+precision+md+predicts+a+bright+future+for+design+engineering+in+the+defence+industry Tue, 24 Sep 2013 13:38:00 +0000 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, Stand F95.</p>/en/news/135/reliance+exhibits+at+the+engineering+design+show 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/135/reliance+exhibits+at+the+engineering+design+show Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:38:00 +0000 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> <p>&nbsp;</p>/en/news/134/reliance+exhibits+at+dsei+2013 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/134/reliance+exhibits+at+dsei+2013 Thu, 05 Sep 2013 17:38:00 +0000 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 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>/en/news/133/reliance+exhibits+at+offshore+europe+2013 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/133/reliance+exhibits+at+offshore+europe+2013 Tue, 28 May 2013 13:38:00 +0000 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 it cut down the time it takes to select your gear, but the filtering process is instrumental in guiding you to the correct gear geometry.&nbsp; It really is simple to use.&nbsp; You can order complementary products on-line as well, such as gear clamps, shafts and bearings.<strong>"</strong></p> <p>The <a href="/shop/gearbuilder.php" title="Custom Gear Builder">Gear Builder</a> complements Reliance's product catalogue, with technical support provided by a team of applications engineers, available by telephone, on-line or face-to-face to discuss individual operational and design scenarios. Requests for bespoke gears, which fall out of the range of the catalogue, are supported by parent company, Reliance Precision Limited, bringing over 50 years of experience in gear design and manufacturing.</p> <p><em>Reliance Precision Mechatronics specialises in the manufacture and supply of standard and customised precision motion control components and electro-mechanical assemblies. With products available from stock or on short delivery, backed up by comprehensive technical support, the product range allows design engineers to order in small quantities at stock prices in order to develop prototypes effectively. Dedicated manufacturing facilities enable larger quantities to be supplied for full production requirements and the production of cost effective modifications or bespoke products.</em></p>/en/news/132/precision+gears+available+on-line+with+the+custom+gear+builder 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/132/precision+gears+available+on-line+with+the+custom+gear+builder Fri, 19 Apr 2013 09:40:00 +0000 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 believes organisations that demonstrate commitment to continuous improvement in accident and ill health prevention deserve recognition. He comments: "Reliance Precision has shown that it is committed to striving for such continuous improvement and we are delighted to honour them through the presentation of an award."</p>/en/news/131/reliance+precision+receives+prestigious+health+and+safety+award+ 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/131/reliance+precision+receives+prestigious+health+and+safety+award+ Thu, 04 Apr 2013 08:32:00 +0000 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. All 3 apprentices are convinced that the expedition has helped them with their own personal development and believe Reliance will also gain in the long term; Tom Broom, second year apprentice explained:</p> <p><em>"I think that I will be able to use the maintenance skills in my work at Reliance and have new found confidence to ask advice of those working within my team. I would definitely recommend this trip for next year's trainees as they will experience a different type of working environment, as well as appreciating the importance of time keeping and working to a deadline."</em></p> <p>Back in Huddersfield, Mick Hallam, Training Manager at Reliance, is keen for apprentices to fully embrace the concept of teamwork at an early stage of their career. He emphasised that the technical nature of the company means well organised collaboration is critical to the efficient and timely production of specialised equipment for the markets Reliance operates in, where accuracy and quality are paramount.</p> <p>With a 60 year record of successfully training apprentices, Reliance believes that investing in personal skills is just as important as nurturing a highly technically skilled workforce; it helps advance expertise and secures long term continuity of business.</p>/en/news/130/apprentices+discover+the+value+of+teamwork 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/130/apprentices+discover+the+value+of+teamwork Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:48:00 +0000 Leadscrew Assemblies Designed for Miniature Mechatronics Systems <p>Alongside linear slides, couplings and precision gears, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, announce a new range of leadscrew sizes. The "Micro" Series leadscrew assemblies are 2mm diameter screws with available standard leads ranging from 0.3mm to 2mm per revolution. They are available in a variety of nut configurations; manufactured using self-lubricating acetal.</p> <p>This remarkable product line is an enabling technology, opening up a broader range of designs. The Micro Series allows for the miniaturisation of products, reduced power consumption, and weight reduction without compromising performance or reliability. These assemblies have been developed in response to growing demands in many markets that utilise miniaturised mechatronics systems and high-end motion control applications.</p> <p>Kerk Micro Series leadscrew assemblies are manufactured from premium grade 303 stainless steel and provide exceptional performance, long life, and require no maintenance. High-accuracy threads with superior uniformity deliver precise motion and reduce noise and vibration. An optional Kerkote&reg; TFE coating; a permanent dry lubricant, extends nut life while reducing friction and drive torque requirements.</p> <p>The introduction of the Micro Series means engineers can take advantage of standard designs, existing tooling and quick delivery, to bring their products to market swiftly and cost effectively. Standardised nut and screw assemblies facilitate ease of design and flexibility without the need for customisation.</p> <p>For more information on the full range of positioning components and assemblies, please contact Reliance at <a href="mailto:sales@rpmechatronics.co.uk">sales@rpmechatronics.co.uk</a></p>/en/news/129/leadscrew+assemblies+designed+for+miniature+mechatronics+systems 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/129/leadscrew+assemblies+designed+for+miniature+mechatronics+systems Wed, 06 Mar 2013 12:21:00 +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 required to model an effective experiment which led the team to consider applying the Cool Muscle. Spotted in engineering publications and on the internet, the motor was viewed as an ideal choice for the experiment due to its ability to perform complex co-ordinated movement and use mathematical notation to induce motion. A 50,000 count magnetic encoder, 32 bit RISC processor and vector drive amplifiers, provided the ultra-smooth operation and accuracy required to effectively mimic a lunar tide. It was noted that, in application, the accuracy of the stepper motor system was within the range of +/- 0.1%.</p> <p>Reliance assisted the scientists by supplying the motor as a ready programmed unit. Using CoolWorks Lite 4.1.4, the motor/stepper was configured to reproduce the characteristics of a tidal sequence by programming 50,000 steps in each given period of 12 hours and 20 minutes; this mirrored the period from high to low tide. A pressure change of 4,000 Pa was achieved to simulate comparable pressure changes expected with tides. The experiment concluded that pressure changes do in fact influence the vertical saturation profile in addition to the expected saturation gradient predicted by assuming capillary - buoyancy force equilibrium.</p> <p>Reliance's willingness to supply an integrated, pre-programmed mechanism meant that the experiment could progress without the need to validate the test system. Reliance's Cool Muscle worked so well in making this experiment a success that more units were purchased to be used in various other trials and studies throughout the institutions.</p> <p>For more information on the paper, The impact of Tides on the Capillary transition Zone,&nbsp;visit <span style="color: #1f497d;"><a href="http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11242-012-0111-0"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-family: Calibri; color: #0000ff; font-size: small;">http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs11242-012-0111-0</span></span></a></span></p>/en/news/128/reliance%E2%80%99s+%E2%80%98cool+muscle%E2%80%99+delivers+accurate+tidal+simulation 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/128/reliance%E2%80%99s+%E2%80%98cool+muscle%E2%80%99+delivers+accurate+tidal+simulation Wed, 27 Feb 2013 11:58:00 +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="RPMI team" height="372" src="/assets/uploads/x1361965726Irish_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 and information. People were also invited to donate to the charity if they wished. Essentially, men were informed on how to identify potential problems and not delay in seeking medical advice if they have worrying symptoms.</p> <p>The day was a great success and employees wore their yellow t-shirts with pride. Roger, Judith and her daughters were thanked for organising the event and for helping Prostate Cancer UK in their vital work.</p> <hr align="left" size="1" width="33%" /> <p><span style="font-size: xx-small;">1</span>&nbsp;Reg. charity in England and Wales (1005541) Reg. Co. (2653887)</p>/en/news/127/reliance+hosts+men%E2%80%99s+health+awareness+day 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/127/reliance+hosts+men%E2%80%99s+health+awareness+day Thu, 07 Feb 2013 11:39:00 +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>/en/news/126/reliance+to+exhibit+at+medtec+europe+2013 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/126/reliance+to+exhibit+at+medtec+europe+2013 Mon, 14 Jan 2013 16:46:00 +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 stability to take the business forward, and I look forward to working with him in my continuing roles as Director, Company Secretary and Pension Fund Trustee".</p>/en/news/125/reliance+precision+appoints+new+managing+director 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/125/reliance+precision+appoints+new+managing+director Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:03:00 +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 replace like-for-like, we always look to push forward our technical ability. This investment programme does just that, and, importantly, will help us build on our exemplary quality and delivery record."</p>/en/news/124/uk+manufacturer+invests+in+aerospace+expansion 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/124/uk+manufacturer+invests+in+aerospace+expansion Wed, 14 Nov 2012 09:00:00 +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>/en/news/123/reliance+to+exhibit+at+sps%2Cipc%2Cdrives+2012 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/123/reliance+to+exhibit+at+sps%2Cipc%2Cdrives+2012 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 13:31:00 +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>/en/news/122/reliance+to+exhibit+at+precisiebeurs+2012 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/122/reliance+to+exhibit+at+precisiebeurs+2012 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 09:07:00 +0000 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>/en/news/121/leadscrew+and+nut+assemblies+available+online 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/121/leadscrew+and+nut+assemblies+available+online Mon, 22 Oct 2012 13:52:00 +0000 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>/en/news/120/clutches+and+collars+available+online 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/120/clutches+and+collars+available+online Mon, 22 Oct 2012 09:07:00 +0000 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, resulting in uniform stress levels and accurate angular rotation. Similar looking couplings on the market can actually have a slot pattern where the pivot points move in and out, and the centre piece angle varies. This causes stress variations and less uniform rotation.</p> <p>In tests performed on typical applications, the bi-directional error produced by a Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup> coupling used to drive a 3600 line encoder was four times smaller than that produced by a 4 beam spiral coupling.&nbsp; When used to drive a 6.35mm lead leadscrew, the bi-directional error from the Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup> was 6 times less than that of the 4 beam spiral.</p> <p>Reli-a-Flex<sup>&reg;</sup> also offers predictable performance, having been tested for 50,000,000 cycles at its rated torque and 80% maximum offset.</p>/en/news/119/reliance+expands+its+range+of+reli-a-flex+precision+couplings 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/119/reliance+expands+its+range+of+reli-a-flex+precision+couplings Thu, 13 Sep 2012 10:57:00 +0000 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."</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, quite literally between our sites in Huddersfield and Edinburgh. It has been greatly appreciated to have such clarity of future planning from SELEX Galileo, which has been pivotal to helping us forecast effectively and plan our investment.&nbsp; We look forward to a continuing successful partnership."</p>/en/news/118/reliance+receives+supplier+excellence+award 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/118/reliance+receives+supplier+excellence+award Mon, 03 Sep 2012 12:04:00 +0000 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> <p align="left">In addition to Kerkite engineered polymers, precision nuts are available in many alternative plastics, including PEEK, Torlon&reg; PAI, Vespel&reg; polyimide-based resin, PVDF, Ertalyte&reg; PET-P and customer-supplied specialty materials. Precision nuts can also be manufactured from bronze, brass, and stainless steel.</p> <p align="left">Thread diameter for custom nut designs ranges from 2mm up to 24mm. Thread leads are available from as small as 0.30mm in the smallest diameter (2mm) nut up to a coarse 76.2mm in the largest diameter (24mm) nut.</p> <p>With the advantages of design and manufacturing flexibility,&nbsp; if a material can be moulded or machined, customised nuts can be manufactured using state-of-the-art machine tools, injection moulding machines, and custom mould-making equipment.</p>/en/news/117/haydon+kerk+motion+solutions+offers+custom+design+and+manufacturing+capabilities+for+leadscrew+nuts 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/117/haydon+kerk+motion+solutions+offers+custom+design+and+manufacturing+capabilities+for+leadscrew+nuts Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:02:00 +0000 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/1346320804PR41_SC21_Experience_Issue_A_with_Pic.pdf " title="experience of the SC21 programme" target="_blank">experience of the SC21 programme</a>.</p>/en/news/116/strengthening+the+supply+chain 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/116/strengthening+the+supply+chain Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:32:00 +0000 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 <a href="http://www.reliance.co.uk/assets/uploads/1345456218Apprentice_Interview_2012.pdf" title="mechanical engineering apprenticeships" target="_blank"><span style="text-decoration: underline;">mechanical engineering apprenticeships</span></a> with Reliance.</p>/en/news/115/reliance+welcomes+its+2012+apprentices 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/115/reliance+welcomes+its+2012+apprentices Fri, 03 Aug 2012 09:21:00 +0000 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.</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 magnets, resulting in a higher continuous force output in a small package. With 20% higher output force across the entire speed range compared with other designs of similar size, the G4 incorporates the latest custom-engineered plastics and larger bearings for greater rotor support and higher axial load capability.</p> <p>The 36mm linear actuator is ideal for a wide range of applications including medical equipment, bar code scanning devices, printing equipment, laboratory instrumentation and other mechanisms that require high force in a small package. As with our other stepper motor linear actuators range, three configurations are available: Captive, Non-Captive, and External Linear.</p>/en/news/114/introducing+a+36mm+linear+actuator+configuration+that+replaces+existing+42mm+packages 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/114/introducing+a+36mm+linear+actuator+configuration+that+replaces+existing+42mm+packages Fri, 03 Aug 2012 09:23:00 +0000 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 of cleanliness, however, does typically require the same disciplines across all industries, even if not the same "recipes".&nbsp; Repeating threads include component cleaning processes, handling methods, environmental conditioning (e.g. cleanroom certification), together with related parameters such as temperature and humidity control. These drive operational procedures and disciplines, such as clothing requirements, particle counting, process monitoring and control (e.g. cleaning tanks), equipment calibration, and training and mentoring.&nbsp; One set of operational procedures and disciplines, however, cannot simply be applied from one customer to the next.&nbsp; Close customer liaison from the start of any project is critical to ensuring the most appropriate production tools, methods, quality and process controls are put in place.</p> <p>Choices start at the design stage with the selection of appropriate materials, surface finishes, coatings and lubrication, the management of interacting surfaces and particulate generation, thermal management and, in the case of high vacuum assemblies, venting strategies.&nbsp; The manufacturing and assembly processes begin with options for different cleaning techniques.&nbsp; Solvent cleaning can be used to remove traces of oil-based contaminants, and additional levels of cleanliness achieved using aqueous or acid cleaning.&nbsp; Plasma cleaning is used to remove microscopic organic contaminants, and elevated temperature vacuum baking to outgas material surfaces.&nbsp;</p> <p>The certification of the cleanroom in which the assembly activity is carried out is also a key factor driven by the application.&nbsp; Reliance has a number of facilities to suit different applications.&nbsp; Sub-systems for scientific instruments for example are produced in a laminar flow cleanroom, certified to ISO 14644-1 Class 6 (Fed Std 209E Class 1,000).&nbsp; Assemblies containing optical devices, such as those used in laser products for the aerospace industry, are produced in a dedicated opto-mechanical cleanroom, using higher specification clean air flow benches certified to ISO 14644-1 Class 4 (Fed Std 209E Class 10) together with specialist non-contact handling and inspection equipment.&nbsp; In certain cases project-specific facilities have to be built to meet individual contract requirements.&nbsp; Special adhesives and coatings used in some industries can require fume extraction hoods or the development of a completely separate project facility.</p> <p>It is important to demonstrate as far as possible that components and assemblies which are to be used in a clean or high-vacuum environment have been built to specification.&nbsp; Diligent quality, process control and training are essential.&nbsp; Indeed in the space industry, where prolonged unmanned satellite operation is required, the supplier needs to be prepared to allow all aspects of manufacture to be audited and all stages documented and signed.</p> <p>Test activity is an essential mechanism for demonstrating that the assemblies work in line with the customer's specification.&nbsp; Functional testing might include leak testing, background contamination analysis, laser-based testing, and electrical conditioning.&nbsp; A combination of standard test equipment, custom test equipment, and test versions of the customer's instrument may be considered; where possible tests need to replicate operation as if it were in the parent machine.&nbsp; Having the appropriate depth of technical experience to be able to undertake design analysis and verification can help validate the performance of the assembly and resolve performance issues.</p> <p>Since the impact of contaminants and the measures needed to protect against them are so tightly defined by the design of each product, the application it serves and the environment it works in, cleanliness is typically specified on a case-by-case basis.&nbsp; Scientific instrument companies, satellite manufacturers, the semi-conductor and defence industries, facing demanding requirements in yield, performance, accuracy and reliability, know from their own experience the criteria for assessing cleanliness, and importantly what operational processes are acceptable and unacceptable.&nbsp; The challenge for their supply chain is to provide a flexible, customised clean assembly service, with the necessary breadth of facilities, appropriate depth of engineering expertise, and effective quality and process control.&nbsp;</p> <p><em>Reliance Precision Ltd. is a specialist supplier of tested sub-assemblies to major equipment manufacturers in the scientific instrument, semi-conductor, defence and photonics industries.&nbsp; Further information can be found at <a href="http://www.reliance.co.uk/en/Clean-and-High-Vacuum-Assembly">www.reliance.co.uk/en/Clean-and-High-Vacuum-Assembly</a>.</em></p>/en/news/113/stringent+quality+and+process+control+prevents+contamination 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/113/stringent+quality+and+process+control+prevents+contamination Tue, 31 Jul 2012 15:52:00 +0000 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 and outputs can also be simulated in software before connecting to actual I/O hardware.&nbsp;</p> <p>Technical specifications for the PCM7539X include programmable current control, 12Vdc to 75Vdc input voltage, drive current per phase of 3.85A RMS plus a 30% "current boost" function for use during ramping, 8 digital I/O points, and memory for up to 75 stored motion control programs.</p>/en/news/112/introducing+the+pcm7539x+idea%E2%84%A2+drive+stepper+motor+controller 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/112/introducing+the+pcm7539x+idea%E2%84%A2+drive+stepper+motor+controller Mon, 16 Jul 2012 17:01:00 +0000 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 quality assurance. The new cut-to-length capability means that customers can order small quantities and samples for product trials and prototyping.</p>/en/news/111/customised+linear+guides+-+a+cost-effective%2C+versatile+prototyping+solution 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/111/customised+linear+guides+-+a+cost-effective%2C+versatile+prototyping+solution Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:06:00 +0000 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>/en/news/110/reliance+to+exhibit+at+farnborough+international+air+show 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/110/reliance+to+exhibit+at+farnborough+international+air+show Wed, 27 Jun 2012 15:05:00 +0000 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 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 environment and challenges you're thrown into are extraordinary, and you learn so much - about yourself as much as the leadership and teamwork skills. The soldiers around us were simply superb - they looked after us brilliantly, and gave us all an experience we'll remember for the rest of our lives."</p> <p>The Merlin Executive exercise saw over 70 staff from organisations across the region taking part, all of which were mixed up and split into seven teams before carrying out a range of tasks and missions.</p> <p>A spokesman for the Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association in Yorkshire said: "The exercise was a great success and enjoyed by all, but there's also a serious side to the whole event about the benefits a reservist can bring to employers. The training they receive is the same as the regular forces and besides this preparing them for mobilisation to places like Afghanistan, it also provides them valuable skills in business - motivation, self-discipline, confidence, communication, teamwork and leadership to name just a few. We want to encourage employers and employees to consider what the Reserve Forces have to offer, and this is one very exciting way of doing that."</p> <p>Go to <a href="http://www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk"><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="color: #0066cc;">www.rfca-yorkshire.org.uk</span></span></a></p> <p>Article&nbsp;supplied courtesy of&nbsp;The Huddersfield Daily Examiner and image courtesy of Reserve Forces' and Cadets' Association for Yorkshire and the Humber.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>/en/news/109/it%27s+all+done+with+military+precision 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/109/it%27s+all+done+with+military+precision Tue, 19 Jun 2012 16:21:00 +0000 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. Closed-loop control and a 50,000 count encoder facilitate precise execution of movement, torque and velocity. Reliability in positional accuracy and force are essential requirements for the Ablatherm<sup>&reg;</sup> probe, and the constant feedback data provided by the Cool Muscle helps ensure the probe is positioned carefully and effectively during patient treatment.</p> <p>The level of integration of the Reliance Cool Muscle actuator, incorporating motor, encoder, driver, controller and slide assembly, has also helped simplify the design and manufacture of the Ablatherm<sup>&reg;</sup> instrument, enabling EDAP to focus resources on the development of their innovative ultrasound medical solution.</p> <p>EDAP's Mechanical Design Manager stressed the importance not just of the functionality of the product, but of the design support provided by Reliance, remarking that: "they always help us with our selection of mechatronic components and their early involvement in the design stage is greatly appreciated". Reliance strive to provide in-depth technical support in the context of its customers' applications and engineering constraints, working responsively to adapt its products to suit individual requirements.&nbsp; This has led to a strong technical relationship between the companies with Reliance working closely with EDAP on the next generation of the groundbreaking Ablatherm<sup>&reg;</sup> instrument.</p>/en/news/108/reliance%27s+%27cool+muscle%27+plays+a+major+role+in+the+fight+against+prostate+cancer 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/108/reliance%27s+%27cool+muscle%27+plays+a+major+role+in+the+fight+against+prostate+cancer Mon, 02 Apr 2012 14:33:00 +0000 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>/en/news/107/reliance+exhibits+at+drives+and+controls 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/107/reliance+exhibits+at+drives+and+controls Mon, 02 Apr 2012 11:29:00 +0000 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 the motor / leadscrew combination.&nbsp; The system has been designed around a 9.5mm diameter lead screw using standard leads of 0.64mm to 38.10mm.</p> <p>When combined with a 1.8 degree hybrid stepper motor, very fine positioning resolutions can be configured.&nbsp; A brush or brushless DC motor also can be used for applications requiring higher speed and higher linear force output.&nbsp; Positioning resolution in the case of a closed loop DC brushed or brushless motor is determined by the capabilities of the encoder system.&nbsp; An encoder system can be added to either the motor or the leadscrew.&nbsp;</p> <p>For applications requiring even greater accuracy than can be accomplished with a rotary encoder, the rail system has features added to allow the integration of a linear encoder with micron resolution allowing feedback of the true load position.</p> <p>For more information on the full range of positioning components and assemblies, please contact Reliance at <a href="mailto:sales@rpmechatronics.co.uk">sales@rpmechatronics.co.uk</a> or visit our website <a href="/">www.rpmechatronics.co.uk</a></p>/en/news/106/customised+linear+motion+solutions 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/106/customised+linear+motion+solutions Fri, 16 Mar 2012 10:06:00 +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 the apprentices the opportunity to try their hand at something a little different.</p> <p>Mick Hallam, Reliance's Training Officer, is convinced that exposure to more maintenance based tasks builds the apprentices' appreciation of how engineering components work within mechanisms: &nbsp;&nbsp;"One of the projects involved the dismantling, cleaning and reassembling of a water pump. This sort of activity nurtures an understanding of how parts work together and that the correct use of lubricants can be just as important as producing components with dimensional accuracy."</p> <p>With its commitment to quality and engineering excellence, Reliance's in-house training school has produced a steady flow of high calibre, award-winning apprentices. Both Eddy and Tom agree that trips such as this provide a refreshing and diverse element to their training that adds balance, promotes teamwork and builds character. Additionally, Mick Hallam comments on how apprentices often demonstrate a new maturity on their return: "in the quality of the work they produce, but also in how they interact with their colleagues".</p>/en/news/105/changing+lives+and+inspiring+futures 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/105/changing+lives+and+inspiring+futures Thu, 16 Feb 2012 11:20:00 +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>/en/news/104/selex+galileo+hosts+supplier+awards+ceremony 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/104/selex+galileo+hosts+supplier+awards+ceremony Tue, 24 Jan 2012 09:32:00 +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 Ltd, MBDA UK Ltd and Thales Optronics Ltd have once again given us their valued support through the qualification process."</p>/en/news/103/reliance+precision+receives+sc21+silver+award+for+business+excellence 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/103/reliance+precision+receives+sc21+silver+award+for+business+excellence 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 driven carriages to ensure repeatable and accurate positioning. The splined aluminium guide rail and 303 stainless steel leadscrew is coated using Kerkote<sup>&reg;</sup> TFE coating, providing a permanently lubricated surface. Maximum load capability of the folded-over motorised RGS is 15.85Kg (35 lbs) in the "Z" direction and 15.85Kg (35 lbs) in the hanging/gantry load position. Maximum "roll" and "yaw" moment is 0.367Nm (3.25 in-lbs) and maximum "pitch" moment is 0.639Nm (5.66 in-lbs).</p>/en/news/102/introducing+the+folded-over+motorised+linear+rail+system 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/102/introducing+the+folded-over+motorised+linear+rail+system Mon, 05 Dec 2011 10:17:00 +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>/en/news/101/introducing+the+reliance+hypoid+bevel+and+straight+bevel+gearbox+range 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/101/introducing+the+reliance+hypoid+bevel+and+straight+bevel+gearbox+range Wed, 09 Nov 2011 10:04:00 +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 test capability, maintaining the necessary disciplines and processes appropriate to working with precision optics.</p> <p>The facilities have been developed in close co-operation with Reliance's customers to give them complete confidence when considering outsourcing opto-mechanical sub-assembly work.&nbsp; Having been one of the first customers to benefit from the new cleanroom, Selex's Senior Buyer, Kenneth Wright, complimented the company's achievements: "Price is important, but what's essential&nbsp;is quality and attention to detail; outsourcing sub-assemblies to Reliance has been as near seamless as it could possibly be".</p> <p>The expansion of the European sales team to encompass the opto-mechanical business also follows year-on-year growth of Reliance's standard components and assembly business in mainland Europe.&nbsp; Reliance Precision Mechatronics (RPM), a division of Reliance Precision Limited, has achieved particular success in the medical and life sciences markets, providing slides, leadscrews, pipetting and linear systems for liquid handling and sampling mechanisms.</p> <p>For more information about our opto-mechanical assembly facilities visit our parent company, <a href="http://www.reliance.co.uk/en/Opto-Mechanical-Assembly" target="_blank">Reliance Precision Limited</a>.</p>/en/news/100/reliance+precision+expands+its+opto-mechanical+business+in+europe 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/100/reliance+precision+expands+its+opto-mechanical+business+in+europe Thu, 03 Nov 2011 09:01:00 +0000 Reliance Precision Mechatronics Launches New Online Store <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics 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> <a href="/shop/index.php?cPath=32">Precision Gears</a></li> <li> <a href="/shop/index.php?cPath=27">Precision Couplings</a></li> <li> <a href="/shop/index.php?cPath=366">Bearings and Spacers</a></li> <li> <a href="/shop/index.php?cPath=28">Screws and Hardware</a></li> <li> <a href="/shop/index.php?cPath=380">Shafts and Accessories</a></li> <li> <a href="/shop/index.php?cPath=395">Belts and Pulleys</a></li> </ul> <p>In addition, a unique parametric <a href="/shop/gearbuilder.php">gear builder</a>&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>/en/news/99/reliance+precision+mechatronics+launches+new+online+store 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/99/reliance+precision+mechatronics+launches+new+online+store 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>/en/news/98/reliance+exhibits+at+sps%2C+ipc%2C+drives+2011 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/98/reliance+exhibits+at+sps%2C+ipc%2C+drives+2011 Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:34:00 +0000 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>/en/news/96/new+range+of+linear+guides+from+reliance 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/96/new+range+of+linear+guides+from+reliance Mon, 17 Oct 2011 12:20:00 +0000 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="https://www.reliance.co.uk/en/contact">contact us</a>.</p>/en/news/95/reliance+exhibits+at+offshore+europe 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/95/reliance+exhibits+at+offshore+europe Wed, 24 Aug 2011 14:08:00 +0000 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 training school. Over 20% of current employees were apprentice trained at Reliance, including many of the senior managers.&nbsp; This summer the company welcomed 5 new apprentices; part of the continued development of its engineering capability and commitment to ensuring long-term business continuity.</p>/en/news/94/reliance+develops+its+young+engineers 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/94/reliance+develops+its+young+engineers Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:25:00 +0000 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 either a 3.3V or 5V input voltage. When combined with the Haydon 25000 series linear actuator, a robust, compact linear motion package is created.</p> <p>The Haydon 25000 Series is part of the G4 line of high-output Can-Stack linear actuators and are "second to none" in performance when compared to similar sized actuators.&nbsp; Improvements include optimised stator tooth geometry, high energy neodymium magnets, custom engineered polymers, and larger ball bearings for greater rotor support and axial loading.</p>/en/news/93/introducing+the+robust+alternative+to+optical+encoders 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/93/introducing+the+robust+alternative+to+optical+encoders Fri, 22 Jul 2011 09:23:00 +0000 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>/en/news/92/introducing+a+range+of+stepper+drivers+for+linear+actuators 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/92/introducing+a+range+of+stepper+drivers+for+linear+actuators Thu, 11 Aug 2011 11:13:00 +0000 Introducing the 25mm Can-Stack Linear Actuator <h2 style="text-align: left;">Integrated Switch Increases Versatility of the 25mm 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 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 current consumption of 10mA max.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Haydon 25000 Series is part of the G4 line of high-output Can-Stack linear actuators and are "second to none" in performance when compared to similar sized actuators in the marketplace today. Improvements include optimized stator tooth geometry, high energy neodymium magnets, custom engineered polymers, and larger ball bearings for greater rotor support and axial loading.</p>/en/news/91/introducing+the+25mm+can-stack+linear+actuator 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/91/introducing+the+25mm+can-stack+linear+actuator Thu, 26 May 2011 09:23:00 +0000 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="http://www.eventdata.co.uk/Forms/Default.aspx?FormRef=Sub61Visitor&amp;afcode=&amp;PartitionCode=" target="_blank">Click here to get your free Subcon invitation. Use invitation code 705015.</a></p>/en/news/90/reliance+exhibits+at+subcon+2011 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/90/reliance+exhibits+at+subcon+2011 Fri, 08 Apr 2011 09:30:00 +0000 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 as those requiring a high temperature range or the food industry. These couplings are suitable for heavy duty rotary position transducers, servo and stepper motors, mechanical and mechatronic drive assemblies and in automation applications.</p>/en/news/89/multi-helix+couplings%2C+a+strong+group 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/89/multi-helix+couplings%2C+a+strong+group Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:19:00 +0000 Reliance Exhibits at MEDTEC 2011 <div class="entry-content"> <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> </div>/en/news/88/reliance+exhibits+at+medtec+2011 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/88/reliance+exhibits+at+medtec+2011 Thu, 07 Apr 2011 13:19:00 +0000 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 RSL Steeper, is complimentary of the teamwork achieved on the project: "Reliance have a depth of engineering skill and practical knowledge which has really complemented our own design team. We faced extremely demanding timescales for this development programme and I have been impressed by the responsiveness and adaptability of the Reliance team."</p> <p><strong>Reliance Precision Mechatronics</strong> (a division of Reliance Precision Limited) provides standard and customised precision motion control components and small electro-mechanical assemblies. Products are available from stock or on short delivery, with comprehensive technical support. Small quantities can be provided at stock prices, to assist design engineers to develop prototypes effectively. Larger quantities can be supplied for full production requirements, and for cost effective modifications. A product integration service provides full assembly solutions.</p> <p>Visit Reliance Precision Mechatronics at MEDTEC, April 6-7 2011, stand 1321.</p>/en/news/87/reliance+showcases+bebionic+hand+at+medtec+2011 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/87/reliance+showcases+bebionic+hand+at+medtec+2011 Thu, 14 Oct 2010 09:19:00 +0000 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 assemblies as both standard and modified products, assembled and tested in-house to the customers' own specifications. We offer multi-lingual support so that customers have the benefit of dealing directly with the manufacturer in their own language.<br /><br />Reliance Holland manages business for both its parent organisations. Reliance Precision (RP) supplies custom-built electro-mechanical assemblies for the aerospace, defence, semi-conductor and scientific industries; Reliance Precision Mechatronics (RPM) supplies a catalogue range of mechatronic components and assemblies. RPM has added many new products to its range and now also offers drives and controls, which can be combined with the standard products to offer complete plug-and-play mechatronic assemblies.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>/en/news/86/reliance+expands+in+europe 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/86/reliance+expands+in+europe Fri, 08 Oct 2010 11:24:00 +0000 Introducing the RoHS Compliant IDEA External Linear Programmable Actuator <p>Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for premier manufacturer of linear motion products, HaydonKerk Motion Solutions, offers the RoHS compliant IDEA<span style="font-size: 0.7em; vertical-align:text-top;">(TM)</span> 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.<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 current per phase, and 8 opto-isolated general purpose I/O. The inputs are rated for 5 to 24 VDC, 4mA max per input. The outputs are open collector, 5 to 24 VDC, 200mA maximum per output.<br /><br />For more information on the IDEA External Linear Programmable Actuator or the full range of positioning components and assemblies, please <a href="/en/contact">contact us</a>.</p>/en/news/85/introducing+the+rohs+compliant+idea+external+linear+programmable+actuator 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/85/introducing+the+rohs+compliant+idea+external+linear+programmable+actuator Sat, 17 Jul 2010 11:32:00 +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 be configured with the option of a Black Ice&trade; TFE coating for durable and permanent lubrication. The standard RLRW04 Linear Rail system has a general purpose leadscrew nut, but for extreme control, the system can be configured with an optional CMP or WDG precision anti-backlash nut.</p>/en/news/83/introducing+the+linear+rail+system+with+the+idea+drive 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/83/introducing+the+linear+rail+system+with+the+idea+drive Thu, 20 May 2010 15:30:00 +0000 Vacancies For New Apprentices <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> <p>&nbsp;</p>/en/news/81/vacancies+for+new+apprentices 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/81/vacancies+for+new+apprentices Sun, 21 Mar 2010 09:28:00 +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 PULSE input is a square wave that sets the speed of the actuator. The DIRECTION input is either a high or low signal using a +5vdc for shaft extend and ground potential for shaft retract. The ENABLE input is also a +5vdc signal that activates the drive for operation.</p> <p>Holds current on the drive is adjustable and can be selected as zero, 25, 50, 75 or 100 percent of run current using a jumper and associated pins located in a connector on the side of the drive. For more information on the MotoDrive Captive PDE actuator or other positioning solutions, couplings and gears, please <a href="/en/contact">contact us</a></p>/en/news/80/integrated+stepper+motor+linear+actuator+and+chopper+drive 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/80/integrated+stepper+motor+linear+actuator+and+chopper+drive Mon, 07 Sep 2009 09:48:00 +0000 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>/en/news/71/mechatronic+tidal+simulation+assists+scientists 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/71/mechatronic+tidal+simulation+assists+scientists Thu, 03 Sep 2009 12:13:00 +0000 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 upto 1.4 metres, these compact slides combine the high speed and linear accuracy of a screw driven slide with the intelligence of a 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 across their motion control range. The new assemblies will further strengthen their relationship with the medical and scientific industry where their products are often used in multi-axis, pick and place and high speed precision applications.</p> <p>In 2008 Reliance Precision Mechatronics LLP is planning to exhibit the motor's genius at various exhibitions including Drives and Controls in Birmingham and Precisiebeurs in Veldhoven.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>/en/news/68/experienced+rotary+and+linear+specialists+evolve 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/68/experienced+rotary+and+linear+specialists+evolve Tue, 08 Sep 2009 09:02:00 +0000 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 extended range combined with Reliance's experience and knowledge makes Reliance an ideal supplier for your precision gear requirements.</p>/en/news/67/new+range+geared+up+for+different+accuracies 1 http://www.rpmechatronics.co.uk/en/news/67/new+range+geared+up+for+different+accuracies