Eckhart, an LFM Capital Portfolio Company, Acquires Polker Design Services

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.

Capital Area Manufacturing Council's 2017 Annual Recognition Dinner

Capital Area Manufacturing Council's 2017 Annual Recognition Dinner

Thanks to the Capital Area Manufacturing Council for hosting the 2017 Annual Recognition Dinner at the R. E. Olds Transportation Museum in downtown Lansing on Monday, December 6th.  Congratulations to Kelly Preston Co-Founder & President Capital Steel & Wire, Mike Zamiara CFO Niowave, Jorge Ramos Chief Administrative Officer Orchid Orthopedic, Dino Muzzin VP & General Manager of Emergent BioSolutions,  and Mitch Tomlinson President & CEO of Peckham for all their contributions to manufacturing leadership in mid-Michigan!

Gary Wigell , Kim Sheehan, and the team at Pratt & Whitney receive "Regional Growth Award"

Gary Wigell , Kim Sheehan, and the team at Pratt & Whitney receive "Regional Growth Award"

Congratulations to Gary Wigell , Kim Sheehan, and the team at Pratt & Whitney in Lansing for receiving the 2017 Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce "Regional Growth Award" during a ceremony held at the Kellogg Center on Thursday, November 16th.  Their $97M investment in the Greater Lansing region generated over 700 new jobs supporting the production of fan blades for Pratt & Whitney's new high-bypass geared turbofan PW1000G engine!  

Eckhart enjoyed the Detroit Economic Club event, which featured CEO of Delta Airlines, Ed Bastian

Eckhart enjoyed the Detroit Economic Club event, which featured CEO of Delta Airlines, Ed Bastian

Thanks Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Airlines, for making time to speak to students from Detroit's Eastpointe High School at the Detroit Economic Club on Wednesday, November 16th.  We agree with you and Paul W. Smith...DTW is the best airport in North America!  Exciting to hear Delta is currently hiring 25,000 people to assist the 180,000,000+ customers you serve each year.  We wish you continued success in your efforts to keep climbing!  

Eckhart Quarterly Newsletter - Fall 2017

Eckhart Quarterly Newsletter - Fall 2017

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.

Eckhart Quarterly Newsletter - Spring 2017

Eckhart Quarterly Newsletter - Spring 2017

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. 

Thanks to the Lansing State Journal for recognizing Eckhart's contribution to manufacturing in Mid-Michigan!

Thanks to the Lansing State Journal for recognizing Eckhart's contribution to manufacturing in Mid-Michigan!

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.

Eckhart's Collaborative Robotics Success Leads to Inclusion In CIOReview's Most Promising Robotic Solution Providers 2017

Eckhart's Collaborative Robotics Success Leads to Inclusion In CIOReview's Most Promising Robotic Solution Providers 2017

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."

Laker Robotics Wins 1st in Michigan District Ann Arbor Pioneer Event

Laker Robotics Wins 1st in Michigan District Ann Arbor Pioneer Event

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 Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2017

Eckhart Quarterly Newsletter - Winter 2017

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. 

Eckhart Announces Distributor Agreement with Rhino Assembly Corporation

Eckhart Announces Distributor Agreement with Rhino Assembly Corporation

LANSING, MI – JANUARY 31, 2017 – Eckhart, Inc. (Eckhart) is pleased to announce the appointment of Rhino Assembly Corporation (Rhino) and KA Technologies (KAT) as their distributor partners collectively covering much of the southeastern and mid-western regions of the United States.  These distributor agreements include Eckhart’s advanced material handling subsidiary Autocraft.