Eckhart's Mission: Engineering Advanced Industrial Solutions that Enhance the Quality of Life
Recently a 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.
Autocraft AGCs Selected to Support Launch of 2018 Honda Accord
2016 Honda Performance Excellence award in hand, Eckhart's advanced material handling subsidiary Autocraft is pleased to announce it has been selected to provide Autonomous Guided Carts (AGCs) for the launch of the 2018 Honda Accord.
Autocraft’s AGCs provide manufacturers like Honda with a safe, efficient, cost optimal material delivery solution as compared to fixed line conveyance or fork trucks. Autocraft’s market leading advanced material handling systems improve safety, dock-to-stock to point-of-use delivery, and build line flexibility. Eliminating traditional fixed line conveyance enables manufacturers to optimize productivity by adjusting for fluctuations in customer demand. As volumes fluctuate, AGCs in-flow are adjusted accordingly on the build line.
The Autocraft team appreciates having a customer partner like Honda and looks forward to delivering exceptional performance on another successful AGC launch!
Eckhart Announces Distributor Agreement with Rhino Assembly
Eckhart is pleased to announce the appointment of Rhino Assembly and KA Technologies 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.
Rhino Assembly & KA Technologies 25 plus years of industry expertise identifying and delivering the world’s most innovative assembly solutions complements Eckhart’s proven portfolio of advanced manufacturing technology that includes market-leading autonomous guided carts, collaborative robotics, additive manufacturing tool development & production, and ergonomic general assembly tooling solutions for the world’s largest manufacturers. Covering fifteen states from Wisconsin to Florida to Missouri, the reach of Rhino and KAT’s network of customers is extensive.
“Customers appreciate Rhino’s unwavering integrity, high level of responsiveness, and their passion for solving difficult manufacturing related problems with local teams. Their technical experts operate with a sense of urgency and provide customers with unmatched expertise and support in the region,” remarked Andy Storm, President & CEO of Eckhart.
Brian Pesta recently joined Eckhart as Procurement and Logistics Manager. Brian is a graduate of Michigan State University's Supply Chain Management program and spent the last several years working in Seattle for Fluke Corporation. He is leading efforts at Eckhart to optimize our direct material value streams and building partnerships with strategic vendors to improve the on-time delivery and cost of direct material.
Originally from Trenton, MI; Brian is excited to be back in Michigan after living on the west coast. He enjoys traveling internationally and has visited 14 countries. He also enjoys reading, hiking, skiing and playing golf when the Michigan sun is shining.
Eckhart is proud to announce it is the recipient of the 2016 Lansing Community College Partner of the Year award presented at the Capital Area Manufacturing Council's Annual Banquet. Eckhart is very appreciative of the quality education that LCC provides our employees and feels very fortunate to be able to recruit graduating talent from programs at LCC. A strong relationship with our local colleges has played a key role in attracting top talent to Eckhart this past year. We will continue to embrace our partnership with LCC as we grow.