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Reliance Supply PCR Instruments

Mar 20, 2021

Reliance Precision Limited (‘Reliance’) is working with a leading worldwide supplier of innovative PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technology in the fight against Covid. The instruments supplied by Reliance are used to perform PCR testing for SARS-CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. Production of the instruments is a collaborative effort between the Reliance sites in Bandon, Co. Cork, Ireland and Huddersfield, UK.

Reliance have been a manufacturing partner in the supply of the instruments for a number of years. Jerry Coffey, Reliance’s Business Manager – Analytical Instruments, explains “When we first engaged with the team we collaborated in the development of the instruments, providing design engineering and configuration management expertise, alongside the development of component manufacturing and assembly processes to achieve a detailed design fit for production. Now, almost ten years later, we continue to use the latest high precision engineering techniques to manufacture the PCR instruments.”

Tadg Collins, General Manager of the Ireland facility, continues “Individual components for the instruments are manufactured in Bandon and Huddersfield, with additional parts sourced from our supply chain network. The instruments are then assembled in our dedicated assembly area here in Ireland before they undergo rigorous functional testing.”

The Group Operations Director at the organisation receiving the instruments from Reliance comments “Reliance are a trusted partner who we know we can rely on to consistently deliver our instruments to the high-quality standards we require. Our decision to work with them was based on many factors, but we were particularly impressed with their precision machining, mechanical metrology capabilities and instrumentation assembly skills. Added to this was their extensive European network of subcontract suppliers. They have continued to demonstrate their expertise and technical engineering capabilities throughout the relationship, working with us to produce a highly effective PCR instrument.”