LANSING, MI – December 7, 2017 – Eckhart, Inc. announced today that it has acquired Polker Design Services (“Polker”). Eckhart designs and manufactures advanced manufacturing solutions for the world’s largest industrial companies. Eckhart’s suite of solutions includes autonomous guided vehicles, automated assembly systems, robotics, 3D printing, and specialized ergonomic assembly line tools and equipment. Eckhart has been a portfolio company of Nashville-based LFM Capital since 2015. Polker is Eckhart’s second acquisition. Eckhart acquired Autocraft in July 2016.
As the industrial landscape continues to evolve, advancements in science and technology are enabling manufacturers to bring products and solutions to market at rates unimaginable only a few decades ago. At Eckhart we believe artificial intelligence, micro-sensing spatial analytics, and smart factories will enable transformative change and reinvent how employees, suppliers, and customers work with each other to create real value.
2017 is shaping up to be a record year at Eckhart and our advanced material handling company, Autocraft! Our collective teams are supporting new product launches across a myriad of industries and delivering highly engineered advanced industrial solutions that enhance the quality of life.
WATERTOWN TWP – A Lansing-area manufacturer has been selected by Volvo to design and integrate the tooling for the company’s first automobile plant in the U.S.
Eckhart began work on the multi-million-dollar deal earlier this month, said Andy Storm, company president and CEO.
The tooling will be used in the final assembly of the next generation S60 sedan, which will be produced near Ridgeville, South Carolina, in Berkeley County.
Lansing, Michigan, May 2, 2016 – Rhino Assembly Corporation and Eckhart, Inc., are pleased to announce they have been awarded a major contract to manufacture and install equipment for the final assembly area of Volvo Cars’ first US factory near Ridgeville, SC.
LANSING, Mich., March 28, 2017 -- Eckhart has been recognized as one of the 20 Most Promising Robotic Solution Providers 2017 by CIOReview magazine.
"We are delighted to have Eckhart in our annual ranking list of 20 Most Promising Robotic Solution Providers 2017," said Jeevan George, Managing Editor of CIOReview. "Eckhart helps their customers deploy market-leading automation into their factory operations. From collaborative robotics to autonomous guided material delivery systems, Eckhart's engineering and installation capabilities make them a top solution provider for high-performing companies worldwide."
Congratulations to Laker Robotics Team 5053 for winning the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition held in Ann Arbor at Pioneer High School. The passion and excitement the students share for science and technology inspires every member of the Eckhart team! Keep up the great work Laker Robotics!
Eckhart's dedicated team of employees designed, built, and delivered a complex and highly engineered secure tool to help CAT torque the head/valve assembly on one of their largest commercial engines.
The tool reflects CAT’s commitment to investing in advanced manufacturing solutions for their assembly team. 26 individual secure tools execute a torque sequence in a precise and coordinated manner, with the click of a button. Gone are the manual torque wrenches and reaction bars of yesterday. Operators are able to articulate the tool with a custom HMI screen that also provides integrated LED lighting for automatic and manual secure commands.