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Reliance launches Dublin automation hub

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Reliance launches Dublin automation hub

Reliance launches Dublin automation hub
February 24
11:10 2022
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As part of its expansion plans, Reliance, which is Ireland’s largest supplier of industrial components, has opened an automation hub in Dublin. It will be the first in Ireland to showcase the biggest range of innovative automation technology, where customers can come to visit and get hands on with the technology, according to Reliance. It will include robots, mobile robots, collaborative robots with no guarding, end of arm tools, pneumatic replacements, high speed robots (that stop when humans approach for safety), palletising robots and welding robots.

Reliance recently moved to a bigger office and logistics hub in Ballymount, Dublin 12. The Irish-owned company already has offices in Cork, Limerick and Dublin. The expansion is a result of both maintaining its foothold as being the market leader as well as the rapid growth of its automation division, Reliance Automation.

Peter Creighton, Managing Director of Reliance, explains: “Reliance is embracing its exponential growth within the automation sector by building a new state-of-the-art innovation hub. The hub will house all of Reliance Automation’s innovative products such as Universal Cobots, Nachi industrial robots, MiR mobile robots, Onrobot and Soft Robotics end of arm tools and so much more. Customers will be encouraged to visit the innovation hub to test drive the latest technology for their industry and experience just how easy it is to work with automation today.”

Not only will the Reliance Automation hub be used to allow customers to get hands on with the automation technologies, it will also act as a world-class automation training centre. As Universal Robot’s leading distribution partner in Ireland, Reliance Automation are experts in collaborative robotics and UR+ cobot accessories. The Dublin training centre will be accessible to all and centrally located to serve all customers from the island of Ireland.

As well as showcasing Reliance Automation’s innovative manufacturing solutions, the Reliance teams is now housed in a new state-of-the-art facility. This entails increased warehousing to stock critical components and expand existing product ranges to ensure superior service and same day delivery continues.

2021 has seen many other positive moves within the business. Peter Creighton continues: “The year saw the launch of the new Reliance online platform to allow our customers to order online – has moved our traditional industrial and business into the digital age of transactions. We still however remain flexible and offer the same strong relationship-based service we always have through telephone and face-to-face interactions. How we progress as a company is and will always be in response to better serve our customer requirements and to consistently add value to our relationships. Further to our new online trading success, we also experienced an increase in demand for automation technologies during the pandemic. Manufacturing companies are continuing to move more towards automation to promote the safety of their workers on production lines and to create much needed production efficiencies. Social distancing at work was also made possible due to the addition of robots and automation allowed for crucial pharmaceutical demands to be consistently met.”

Customer service is at the core of this Irish family-owned business, and this can be seen by the recent awards received by Reliance Automation. The OnRobot European award for best robotic application was received due to the partnership approach adopted by the team when working with a customer partner and ensuring their needs were exceeded.

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