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06/10/2021 - 07/10/2021

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NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

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Reliance Precision Ltd

Welcome to Reliance Precision, an independent family-owned company offering tailored engineering services for the design, manufacture and test of precision mechanical components and assemblies. We are a specialist engineering company, unique in our offering of both catalogue products and fully bespoke solutions. We are an established supplier to a diverse range of markets including scientific, medical, semi-conductor and photonics, defence, aerospace and space, capable of providing not only mechanical solutions but electro-mechnical, opto-mechanical and high-vacuum solutions.

Founded in 1920, we have maintained a programme of investment to keep at the forefront of modern manufacturing and precision engineering. Our close working relationship with our customers continues to be an important factor in helping us understand how our equipment is used in their particular fields, allowing us to be continually innovative in our manufacturing processes and development of unique technical capabilities.


  • Bearings and slides
  • Ball screws, lead screws & rotary screws
  • Brakes, clutches and couplings
  • Couplings
  • Drives and motion control systems
  • Engineering Services
  • Sub-contracting
  • Fasteners and adhesives
  • Machine Building
  • Linear acctuators
  • 3D printers & printing
  • Motors, gears and gearboxes
  • Electric motors
  • Gearboxes
  • Safety products
  • Sensors and systems

News from Reliance Precision Ltd

Reliance enhances its gear shaping capabilities with state-of-the-art CNC electronic shaping machineReliance enhances its gear shaping capabilities with state-of-the-art CNC electronic shaping machine

Reliance has used hobbing and shaping techniques for creating teeth on gears since the business was founded over a hundred years ago. During this time, it has seen technologies advance and machinery change, and more recently, customer specification requirements becoming more complex and challenging. (more...)

Reliance’s range of linear actuators suit many different applicationsReliance’s range of linear actuators suit many different applications

Reliance Precision Limited’s range of linear actuators are used in many different applications, across various industry sectors, where high performance, high accuracy and reliability are required. Reliance offers a full range of sizes from 15 mm to 87 mm in a wide selection of force outputs, (more...)

Reliance changes surface finish on Reli-a-Flex couplings rangeReliance changes surface finish on Reli-a-Flex couplings range

Reliance Precision has changed the surface finish on its range of Reli-a-Flex flexible shaft couplings from Alocrom 1000 to Surtec 650. Committed to supporting its customers with products that conform to the highest quality standards, Reliance made the decision to change to the environmentally (more...)

Reliance Precision announces brand evolution as part of 2020 centenary celebrationReliance Precision announces brand evolution as part of 2020 centenary celebration

Reliance Precision is launching a new brand identity in a year of celebration that will mark the company’s centenary in November 2020. In the first major review of the brand identity since its creation, the new approach centres around an evolved Reliance ‘shield’ logo, combined (more...)

Reliance licences additive manufacturing technologyReliance licences additive manufacturing technology

Reliance Precision has announced that, following investment from venture capital company Longwall Venture Partners and the Angel CoFund, Wayland Additive will commercialise breakthrough innovations developed by Reliance. Wayland is a start-up company currently developing metal Additive (more...)

Reliance introduce EtherCAT to Cool Muscle motor rangeReliance introduce EtherCAT to Cool Muscle motor range

Reliance is pleased to announce a new product to their motion control range - the RCM1 with EtherCAT. This new product is an extension to their Cool Muscle Motor servo system and integrates the EtherCAT communication protocol within the unit. The Cool Muscle Motor servo system has been a premium, (more...)

Reliance Precision appoints new MDReliance Precision appoints new MD

Reliance Precision is pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Woollven as managing director. He comes to the business with a wealth of leadership experience. He was previously managing director at Millers Oils, a long established, family owned business, regarded as a highly innovative (more...)

Overcoming the challenges of recruitment in engineeringOvercoming the challenges of recruitment in engineering

Engineering UK, an independent, not-for-profit organisation whose purpose is to promote the contribution that engineers and engineering make to the UK, have recently published Engineering UK: The state of engineering. Whilst 5.6million people in the UK are employed in engineering (19% of the (more...)

Reliance launches new miniature actuatorReliance launches new miniature actuator

Reliance is pleased to announce the launch of a new product, the RLMA11 miniature actuator, to complement its existing motorised actuators range. With standard units available on a lead time of only two weeks, the actuator is ideal for use in prototype design and development, where precise, (more...)

Reliance and Brooks partner to deliver innovative laboratory automationReliance and Brooks partner to deliver innovative laboratory automation

Reliance Precision Limited is delighted to announce its partnership with Brooks Life Science Systems (Brooks), the leading worldwide provider of innovative and comprehensive sample lifecycle management solutions for the life sciences industry. This new relationship has resulted in the successful (more...)

Reliance employees gain chartered statusReliance employees gain chartered status

Reliance congratulates employees on achieving Chartered status in their respective professions. Hannah England, Mechanical Engineer, has achieved her CEng (Chartered Engineer) status with the IMechE (Institute of Mechanical Engineers) and Seb Allen, Senior Buyer, has gained his MCIPS (Member of the (more...)

Reliance invests in leadscrew inspection technologyReliance invests in leadscrew inspection technology

As part of its continuous improvement strategy, Reliance has invested in an automated leadscrew inspection machine at its production facility in Ireland to help ensure the necessary quality levels are delivered. The inspection of leadscrews has historically been a manual process, with the (more...)

Reliance completes UK Space Agency product developmentReliance completes UK Space Agency product development

Reliance reports that it has successfully completed development of a new Stepper Motor Gearbox (SMG), undertaken as part of the UK Space Agency’s National Space Technology Programme (NSTP3). The project commenced at initial requirements capture and concept design, and was then taking from (more...)

Reliance gains ISO 13485 certificationReliance gains ISO 13485 certification

Reliance is delighted to announce it has successfully secured ISO 13485 certification. The award made on the 25th October, enables the company to further develop the medical and life sciences business. ISO 13485 is an internationally agreed standard specific to the medical devices industry. It (more...)

Reliance and Greiner collaborate to develop cell culture plate manipulatorReliance and Greiner collaborate to develop cell culture plate manipulator

Reliance Precision reports that its partnership with major supplier of high-quality labware, Greiner Bio-One (Greiner) has resulted in development of the CELLswing, an automated manipulator, which gently moves and rotates a CELLdisc containing adherent mammalian cells in any required position. (more...)

Reliance launches new actuators catalogueReliance launches new actuators catalogue

Reliance is pleased to announce the launch of a new, dedicated Motorised Linear Actuators catalogue. Containing full details and specifications for the whole product range, the catalogue is intended to be a useful reference tool in helping customers determine the right product for their application. (more...)

Apprentices undertake army challengeApprentices undertake army challenge

Four of Reliance’s engineering apprentices have returned to work following the successful completion of a four-day residential exercise with the Army, designed to challenge their engineering and design skills. Designed and delivered by the Engineering Officers of the Royal Electrical & (more...)

Reliance adds miniature ballscrews to rangeReliance adds miniature ballscrews to range

Reliance is pleased to announce the supply of a new product range, Steinmeyer miniature ballscrews, as part of its catalogue product offering. The miniature ballscrews with diameters of 16mm and smaller are commonly used for precision positioning in semiconductor, optics, medical instrument and (more...)

Reliance head of metrology meets Lord Prior at NPL eventReliance head of metrology meets Lord Prior at NPL event

Reliance’s Head of Metrology, David Torr, was part of a select group of delegates invited to meet with Lord Prior of Brampton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he launched the UK Measurement Strategy at the National (more...)

Reliance success in UK Space Agency competitionReliance success in UK Space Agency competition

Reliance has recently been successful in securing R&D funding from the UK Space Agency via the National Space Technology Programme (NSTP). The UK Space Agency is the Government Executive Agency responsible for the UK’s civil space programme, ensuring the UK retains and grows a strategic (more...)

World’s first robotic assisted eye surgeryWorld’s first robotic assisted eye surgery

In 2009 Reliance’s Dutch office received a call from Thijs Meenink at the University of Eindhoven. In a collaboration with AMC Amsterdam, his team was working on a robotic device which could assist in eye surgery. John Bazuin, catalogue products manager at Reliance visited the university to (more...)

Reliance invests in leading-edge surface analysis systemReliance invests in leading-edge surface analysis system

Reliance is the first UK company to purchase the SmartProof 5 system from German manufacturer Zeiss. This latest leading-edge system was purchased to strengthen Reliance’s surface analysis and measurement capabilities in its Metrology department. Typically, Reliance’s metrology and (more...)

Reliably automating blood and stem cell bankingReliably automating blood and stem cell banking

500 Biosafe Sepax systems, used for automated adult stem cell banking and cell processing applications, rely on Cool Muscle from Reliance Precision, delivering robust and reliable laboratory automation. Headquartered in Switzerland, Biosafe develops, manufactures and supplies innovative solutions (more...)

A UK-first in gear manufacturing technologyA UK-first in gear manufacturing technology

Founded in 1920 as Reliance Gear Company, Reliance Precision has a long history of specialising in the design, development, and manufacture of high quality, high performance gears and geared systems for the aerospace and defence industries and recognises the importance of continually investing in (more...)

Reliance Precision initiates KTP Programme to embed lean cultureReliance Precision initiates KTP Programme to embed lean culture

Reliance Precision has been awarded an £80,000 grant from the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, to fund a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Programme for Continuous Improvement (CI) with the University of Huddersfield. The two-year KTP Programme is co-funded by Innovate UK with (more...)

Reliance Precision receives £300k aerospace funding boostReliance Precision receives £300k aerospace funding boost

Reliance Precision reports that the Self-Healing Alloys for Precision Engineering (SHAPE) Programme in which Reliance, as one of the lead industrial partners, has been awarded £300k of funding by the Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. The (more...)

Reliance Precision announces life sciences appointmentReliance Precision announces life sciences appointment

Reliance Precision is delighted to announce the appointment of Stephen Guy, as its new Business Manager Life Science. The firm has appointed Stephen at this time to capitalise on the increasing global demand for high quality automated platforms for life science applications. Stephen comes to (more...)

Apprentice celebrations At Reliance PrecisionApprentice celebrations At Reliance Precision

Barry Sheerman MP and Councillor Paul Kane, Mayor of Kirklees, presented Reliance's qualifying apprentices with their certificates, marking the successful achievement of their 4-year apprenticeship. Representatives from Kirklees College, five local secondary schools and the Mayoress joined the (more...)

Miniature actuation solutions for Steeper's bebionic handMiniature actuation solutions for Steeper's bebionic hand

Sales of the latest version of the bebionic hand are exceeding expectations at Steeper and Reliance is delighted to be continuing its strong supplier relationship with one of the world's leading prosthetics companies as the bebionic range expands.Following on from its involvement in the design and (more...)

Linear guides for high load tasksLinear guides for high load tasks

Closer integration of products has led to a need for linear motion solutions that offer high speed without compromising rigidity, torsional resistance or life. Reliance Precision's range of linear guides are designed for high load, high moment applications and this is made possible due to a unique (more...)

Reliance hosts NDI SC21 eventReliance hosts NDI SC21 event

Reliance welcomed 12 visitors to its Huddersfield design and manufacturing facility as part of NDI's regional SC21 cluster event. The NDI members represented organisations from a diverse industry base, providing a wide variety of skills and capabilities and had come together to share best practice (more...)

Reliance plays a part in Rosetta's historic missionReliance plays a part in Rosetta's historic mission

November 12th 2014 marked a historic date for the world as news arrived of the success of the Rosetta satellite mission and the landing of the Philae probe onto the surface of Comet 67P. The progress of Rosetta has been followed with interest at Reliance Precision in Huddersfield where gears were (more...)

Reliance supports next generation treatment for prostate cancerReliance supports next generation treatment for prostate cancer

Reliance Precision is continuing its collaboration with French company EDAP TMS in providing mechatronic components and design support to help launch Focal One, the latest generation of high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) systems designed to treat localised prostate cancer. Focal One brings (more...)

Couplings maintain accuracy under misalignment conditionsCouplings maintain accuracy under misalignment conditions

Reli-a-Flex one piece precision flexible shaft couplings from Reliance Precision are designed to cope with angular and parallel misalignment while maintaining highly accurate motion transfer between two rotating shafts. The patented design slot feature allows Reli-a-Flex couplings to maintain the (more...)

Customer focused investment in manufacturing and metrologyCustomer focused investment in manufacturing and metrology

Reliance Precision, supplier to the global defence and scientific instrument sectors, is currently implementing a phased programme of customer focused investment in manufacturing and metrology equipment. Quality has always been the driving force for Reliance; recently, in response to an intensely (more...)

Maintain accuracy with anti-backlash gearsMaintain accuracy with anti-backlash gears

Reliance says its anti-backlash gears are an effective solution in scenarios where angular play might pose a problem within gear motion control mechanisms. Developed over a number of years, the range is ideally suited to scientific instrumentation where accurate positional feedback is of vital (more...)

Reliance Precision announces major investment strategyReliance Precision announces major investment strategy

Reliance Precision is underpinning its standing as a leading player in the defence, aerospace, medical and science instrumentation sectors by announcing a major investment programme in manufacturing and metrology equipment. A robust heritage base, combined with an expanding customer portfolio, has (more...)

Reliance Precision contributes to Rosetta's successReliance Precision contributes to Rosetta's success

January 20th 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 (more...)

Accurate transmission of motion with no backlashAccurate transmission of motion with no backlash

A beam coupling is a flexible coupling for transmitting torque between two shafts while allowing for angular misalignment, parallel offset and even axial motion of one shaft relative to the other. Because it is made from a single piece of material, the coupling provides backlash-free transmission of (more...)

Mechatronic sub-assembliesMechatronic sub-assemblies

The RG36 catalogue conains an extended range of Reliance's standard components and a selection of mechatronic sub-assemblies. Also included is extensive technical information to assist engineers. (more...)

Integrated motor delivers accurate tidal simulationIntegrated motor delivers accurate tidal simulation

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. The capillary transition zone is an area where oil (more...)

Reliance Precision receives prestigious health and safety award

Reliance Precision Limited has been awarded the RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) Silver award.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 (more...)

Reliance expands range of precision couplingsReliance expands range of precision couplings

Reliance Precision Mechatronics has expanded its range of one piece Reli-a-Flex couplings to add 6mm, 8mm and 10mm micro sizes to the original models which offer outside diameters from 13 to 40mm. These couplings retain all the advantages of Reli-a-Flex's patented design, and are ideal for the (more...)

UK manufacturer invests in aerospace expansion

Reliance Precision has announced a multi-million pound manufacturing investment. 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 (more...)

Joining the fight against cancerJoining the fight against cancer

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. In what has been described as a 'paradigm shift' in the treatment of prostate cancer, the French (more...)

UK manufacturer invests in aerospace expansion

Reliance Precision has announced a multi-million pound manufacturing investment. "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 (more...)

Integrated servo system is compactIntegrated servo system is compact

Reliance Precision Mechatronics now boasts the Reliance Cool Muscle 2 within its range of integrated motors. The Reliance Cool Muscle 2 (RCM2) combines a motor, encoder, driver, controller, PLC function and power Supply. The benefits of this integrated AC servo system are the reduction in size and (more...)

Folded over motorised linear rail systemFolded over motorised linear rail system

Alongside precision couplings, gears and intelligent motion control, Reliance Precision Mechatronics, the UK distributor for Haydon Kerk Motion Solutions, announces the RGLS/RGLW linear rail platform with a180° folded-over motorised design. This design allows for a small footprint linear (more...)

Stringent quality and process control prevents contaminationStringent quality and process control prevents contamination

Ian Laidler, Technical Director for Reliance Precision, explores the important operational processes which underpin successful supply of clean and high-vacuum systems.A laser based targeting system in a military aircraft and a mass spectrometer, used for environmental and food safety monitoring, are (more...)

New hypoid bevel and straight bevel gearboxesNew hypoid bevel and straight bevel gearboxes

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 (more...)

More torque can't hurtMore torque can't hurt

Reliance Precision Mechatronics has introduced a high torque extension to its range of spiral beam couplings. 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 (more...)

Reliance showcases bebionic hand at Medtech 2011Reliance showcases bebionic hand at Medtech 2011

Reliance Precision Mechatronics is proud to feature the RSL Steeper bebionic hand at this year's Medtech 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 (more...)

Accurate point to point motionAccurate point to point motion

Reliance Precision Mechatronics LLP has made available a range of fieldbus interfaces for its Cool Muscle intelligent motors. Each Cool Muscle is complete with its own 50000 count encoder, vector drive and fully closed-loop control system and can be user-programmed for a wide range of applications: (more...)

Compact, precise external actuatorCompact, precise external actuator

New from Reliance Precision Mechatronics is Haydon Kerk's RoHS compliant IDEA External Linear Programmable Actuator. This completes a line of fully programmable size 17 stepper motor linear actuators. The IDEA actuator is perfect for small gantry robots, motion systems for optics and lasers, high (more...)

Linear rail system available with a variety of motor optionsLinear rail system available with a variety of motor options

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 LRS Linear Rail System in a variety of configurations, both motorised and (more...)

Applications advice on the right coupling for the taskApplications advice on the right coupling for the task

Unsure whether you'd be better with a bellows coupling, a flexible disc coupling, a curved jaw coupling or a toothed coupling? Or whether you need some other form of shaft connection. The experts at Reliance offer this guidance.Getting the right form of shaft connection can be critical to the (more...)

High performance in a small packageHigh performance in a small package

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, offers the 35000 Series Size 14 double stack non-captive linear actuators. These compact (more...)

All-in-one motion packageAll-in-one motion package

New from Reliance Precision Mechatronics is the Haydon Kerk MotoDrive 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. The MotoDrive (more...)

Rack actuator offers precision and efficiencyRack actuator offers precision and efficiency

With resolutions of greater than 1 micron and standby power consumption of less than 1.7 watts the Reliance Racktuator is an amazing actuation system. Multiple variations are available, developing a peak forces up to 200N and rated speeds of 300mm per second. All run closed loop with integrated (more...)

Mechatronic assemblies integrate intelligence

Reliance Precision Mechatronics LLP reports that it is now utilising its precision components experience to design families of motion control assemblies using its ingenious intelligent Cool Muscle motor with the latest in closed loop integrated motor technology. There are new assemblies now (more...)

Geared up for different accuracies

Accuracy across different budgets is the focus of the new comprehensive gear range from Reliance Precision Mechatronics LLP. 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 (more...)

Mechatronic assistance tidal simulation projectMechatronic assistance tidal simulation project

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.The unique abilities of (more...)

Truly intelligent linear packageTruly intelligent linear package

The Reliance Cool Motion Stage (RCMS) is a compact linear motion assembly capable of linear speeds up to 1.2m per second. Driven by a precision rolled anti-backlash leadscrew the RCMS provides high linear accuracy, reliability, good torsional stiffness and stability relative to its compact size. (more...)

Thermo Electron relies on Reliance expertise

Thermo Electron has used Reliance's linear products in their AA series spectrometers since 1999. As the product has evolved Thermo Electron has repeatedly drawn on Reliance's linear motion expertise to help them achieve their specified criteria and maintain their accuracy requirements. Thermo (more...)

Performance gears on short deliveryPerformance gears on short delivery

Reliance now offers a range of precision plain and anti-backlash gears on six day delivery. With bore tolerances of 0.008mm and the added convenience of online shopping for UK orders, this range delivers quality at a competitive price. Using their extensive experience in gear design, Reliance (more...)

Actuators are both compact and preciseActuators are both compact and precise

New from Reliance Precision Mechatronics LLP, a range of 'palm size' actuators for the miniature mechatronics market. Reliance is offering four individually specified actuators, each with a unique combination of performance characteristics and a choice of stroke lengths. The actuators have been (more...)

Cool Muscle is a smooth moverCool Muscle is a smooth mover

Reliance has announced its exclusive European distribution and development rights for the Cool Muscle range of integrated motors. Enjoying extremely close ties with the manufacturer, Reliance supplies bespoke sub-systems which, with intelligent engineering, offer excellent value compared with (more...)

Integrated servo motion packageIntegrated servo motion package

New from Reliance Precision Mechatronics LLP, is the latest in closed loop integrated motor technology. Simple and compact, the new servo systems integrate an encoder, sensor, motor and motion control/driver electronics. Utilising a vector drive with incorporated H infinity control, they provide a (more...)

Precision motion control solutionsPrecision motion control solutions

Customers of Reliance Precision (formerly known as Reliance Gear) are often pleasantly surprised to find that the company is not just another catalogue supplier of precision mechanical components. The company has been supplying high accuracy, motion control components and assemblies for fifty years (more...)
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