Welsh robotics firm wins Henry Ford Award

Collaborative robotics firm Reeco Automation has received a prestigious global award for the work it has completed with motoring giant Ford.

The Powys-based company won the Henry Ford Award for integrating a collaborative robot into the manufacturing process at Ford’s engine plant in Bridgend.

Several global entries were submitted and accessed by judges before Reeco was chosen as the winner alongside Ford engineers Gary Evans (Electrical Controls Specialist) and Phil Moreton (Senior Emerging Technology Engineer).

Its managing director Llewelyn Rees, Gary and Phil were presented their awards by Wallace Yearwood, Bridgend’s engine plant manager. As a result of the win, Reeco has been put forward for similar projects at Ford’s other sites.

Founded in 2016, Reeco is a turnkey solutions provider for cobots. It integrates this technology into production lines to help customers ensure speedy production, efficiency and safety.

Reeco provides customers with eight cobot solutions, which include screw and bolt fixing, pick and place, riveting, dispensing, polishing, electronics and gluing. Along with Ford, it also works with  Rolls Royce, Honeywell and Unilever.

Speaking of the win, Llewelyn said: “To win the Henry Ford Award is a fantastic achievement for everyone involved, both at Reeco and the team at Bridgend Ford with whom we worked so closely.

“Both larger and smaller manufacturers are increasingly seeing the benefits of integrating cobots into their production processes, not to replace the human workforce but to complement them.”