Reeco purchases Kuka LBR iiwa with the support from the Welsh Government’s SMART Cymru innovation funding.

We’re very excited to have our own Kuka LBR iiwa collaborative robot now onsite at our facility. Our engineering team have manufactured the RB 900 system, a bespoke robotic base ready for the arrival of the cobot.

Established in 2016, Reeco Automation Ltd specialises in automation solutions using Human-Robot Collaboration (HRC/Cobots). We focus on providing our customers with automation solution that save money and reduce production costs. Our key technologies and specialist skills are embodied into one. Put simply we’re a collaborative robot integrator, our skills are focussed around everything required to ingrate a Cobot system. User and co-worker safety is central to the success of every solution we design, and it is in this area of safety that Reeco is establishing itself as a leader in the UK, particularly within the automotive sector.

iiwa on RB base
Reeco's new Kuka LBR iiwa collaborative robot, mounted on an RB 900 robotics base, manufactured by Reeco's in-house engineering team.

Reeco's new Kuka LBR iiwa collaborative robot, mounted on an RB 900 robotics base, manufactured by Reeco's in-house engineering team.

The newly acquired LBR iiwa cobot will be used predominately for Reeco’s research and development projects in addition to our in-house proof-of-concept and safety case work. The LBR iiwa is the world’s first series-produced sensitive, and therefore HRC (human robot collaboration)-compatible, robot. LBR stands for “Leichtbauroboter” (German for lightweight robot), iiwa for “intelligent industrial work assistant”. This signals the beginning of a new era in industrial, sensitive robotics – and lays the foundations for innovative and sustainable production processes. For the first time, humans and robots can work together on highly sensitive tasks in close cooperation. This opens up the possibility of new applications and the way is paved for greater cost-effectiveness and utmost efficiency. The Kuka iiwa is the only commercially available CAT 3 safe, 7 axis single arm robot with a >10kg payload on the market and is considered an essential for companies who want to deliver systems that are fully compliant with the ISO standards set for collaborative robotics.

Reeco Automation is an Industry Partner of Kuka Robotics UK. Katherine Johnson, Marketing Manager at Kuka UK explains why the LBR iiwa is such an integral tool:

“Reeco’s recent purchase of an LBR iiwa further cements their ethos of bringing human and robot together. Their collaborative robotic applications, designed specifically for use in the automotive sector, have been adopted by leading UK car manufacturer BMW and have proven invaluable. Having taken ownership of the collaborative robot, Reeco will be able to demonstrate their automation expertise on their premises, at client sites and at exhibitions as they continue to develop market leading collaborative robotic solutions, in partnership with KUKA.”

 

 

Company Director, Llewelyn Rees (right)  pictured with Ian Walker (left), Director of Automotive Sales for Kuka UK

Company Director, Llewelyn Rees (right) pictured with Ian Walker (left), Director of Automotive Sales for Kuka UK

We were very fortunate to have the support of the Welsh Government’s Innovation funding, a grant scheme which has been part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Welsh Government. EU funds are having a positive impact on people, businesses and communities across Wales by raising skills and driving cutting-edge research and innovation The funding supports the goals of the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, ensuring a prosperous Wales.

Managing Director, Llewelyn Rees, who established Reeco in August 2016, thanks the Welsh Government for their ongoing support for SME’s in Wales;

“Since I launched Reeco in August 2016, our business has been supported by the Welsh Government from day one. There are so many experts within various departments to offer businesses like Reeco support and advice. I started a business in a field that was new, and potentially risky, but the representatives from the Government that I have worked alongside have had absolute faith in the business and encouraged Reeco to grow every day. I would like to thank the Innovation team personally for their generous support in the SMART Cymru funding, having our own Kuka LBR iiwa is going to be the key to the growth and prosperity of our business.”

Press contact name: Jessica Watts
Phone: 01686 688833
Email: jessica.watts@reeco.co.uk
Website: www.reeco.co.uk

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