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Solving robotic pharma challenges with advanced engineering

31 January 2019

A UK business has been working with Daresbury Laboratory’s advanced engineering centre to solve some key engineering challenges in its mission to help community pharmacies save time and money.

Located at Sci-Tech Daresbury since 2017, Medication Management Robotics are experts in automated dispensing technologies for pharmacies, hospitals and prisons. Their cutting edge robots are designed to organise drugs for patients on multiple medications, increasing accuracy and reducing the manual labour for pharmacy staff.

Over the last few months, the company has been taking advantage of the world leading facilities in technology design and 3D printing on site at Daresbury, to overcome some critical engineering challenges. 

One of the key challenges was the need for a fast engineering solution to a non-functioning feeder pipe on a medicine dispensing robot. The Daresbury team was able to design a bespoke pipe and 3D print several prototypes within just 10 days, saving the company considerable time and money and enabling it to deliver a high quality product to its customer on time.

“Having access to the expertise and cutting edge technologies available here at the advanced engineering facility has enabled us to overcome a significant challenge quickly and efficiently, mitigating any adverse risks on our business.” said Andy Beesley, UK Director. “The fact that everything we needed to do this was accessible to us onsite here at Sci-Tech Daresbury is one of the real, tangible advantages to locating our businesses here, and going forward, we know that continued access to the facilities and networks will be of significant benefit to our business.”

Dave Bogg, Manager at the advanced engineering centre, said: “The purpose of the advanced engineering centre is to provide companies with affordable access to the best skills and equipment in engineering R&D, so that they can solve their technology challenges for innovations that will benefit both society and our economy. Medication Management Robotics is a perfect example of this and I’m looking forward to collaborating with them again in the future.”

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