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.
In the first quarter of this year we deployed customer service technicians to Peterbilt, Kenworth, PACCAR, and Navistar to support on-site tooling integration for America’s leading vocational, on-highway, medium, and heavy duty truck line haulers. Supporting Navistar’s Class 4/5 medium-duty commercial van launch in Springfield, Ohio was a highlight for our joint team!
Thanks to our strong distributor partnership with Toolmatics in Ohio, Eckhart is delivering highly automated custom brake subassembly lines and workstations to Tier 1 brake supplier, Marion Industries, supporting the launch of the 2018 Honda Accord. Designed to optimize product quality, each of the assembly lines and workstations has integrated PLC controls, vision detection, and error proofing.
Our market-leading Autonomous Guided Carts (AGCs) continue to transform how material is delivered from dock-to-stock and from stock-to-point of use in factories all over the world. We appreciate the strong partnership we’ve built with Faurecia, a global leader in automotive seating, interior systems, and emissions control. With 330 sites in 34 countries around the world, Faurecia is committed to transition their factories from fixed conveyance assembly to highly flexible AGC build lines that increase productivity and material velocity.
As a company, we couldn’t be more excited about what the year has in store. From additive manufacturing to controls, robotics, and automation, we will continue to invest in innovation. The partnerships we’ve formed with Fortune 50 customers to explore the integration of collaborative robotics and AGCs are fueling unprecedented levels of innovation and change.
Our team is proud to serve the heart of American manufacturing and we will continue to work hard on your behalf. Our mission is to engineer advanced industrial solutions that enhance the quality of life and contribute to the value-generating process of manufacturing. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you, our customer.
- Andy Storm, President & CEO
Honda Selects Autocraft AGCs to Support Assembly Automation of the 2018 Accord
Autocraft, an Eckhart Holdings company and leading provider of industrial material handling automation, will supply American Honda Motor Company with Autocraft E3500 Autonomous Guided Carts (AGCs) for material delivery in the company's Marysville, Ohio assembly plant.
"We're excited to continue to grow and strengthen our long-standing relationship with the Honda team and to contribute to the production of the 2018 Accord," said Daniel Burseth, Autocraft's General Manager. "Honda's Marysville assembly plant is a world-class operation and the Autocraft team is excited for the continuing opportunity to support their automation initiatives."
Autocraft has a strong track record of success with American Honda Motor Company and was the recipient of a 2016 Honda Performance Excellence Award. American Honda Motor Company awarded this honor to just 25 suppliers from a pool of more than 5,000 that provide the equipment and services to support the company's North American operations. The Performance Excellence Award recognized Autocraft for exceeding expectations with respect to service, cost, and quality.
The Autocraft E3500 Autonomous Guided Cart has rapidly emerged as the leading AGC for lineside kit delivery and assembly line applications in automotive, home appliance, and aerospace manufacturing facilities throughout North America.
American Honda Motor Company produced more than 6 million vehicles, power equipment products, and recreational motor vehicles in the US in 2015. More than 99% of the Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the US were assembled by their North American operations.
Rhino Assembly and Eckhart to Support Volvo Cars' First US Factory in South Carolina
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.
Eckhart will design and build best-in-class advanced manufacturing solutions for the final assembly area that will optimize employee safety, product quality and productivity. “We’re looking forward to working closely with the Volvo Cars’ team to conceptualize, design and deliver highly engineered tooling solutions for Volvo Cars’ first US manufacturing plant,” said Andy Storm, Eckhart’s President & CEO.
Rhino Assembly will provide local technical expertise to the Volvo Cars assembly team throughout the tool integration process. “We’ll be there with Volvo Cars every step of the way to ensure the highest level of customer responsiveness," said Dan Brooks, President & CEO of Rhino Assembly.
“Eckhart’s track record of supporting the largest automotive launches in the world with a dedicated and reliable team of highly skilled engineers, coupled with Rhino Assembly’s local technical expertise allows us to deliver a fully integrated, one-stop solution to the Volvo Cars team. Together, we look forward to supporting the successful launch of the new factory and expanding our relationship with Volvo Cars in South Carolina,” Storm said.
This contract strengthens Eckhart and Rhino Assembly’s ability to provide advanced manufacturing solutions to final assembly automotive customers across the southern region of the US. The Rhino Assembly team covers 15 states spanning from Missouri to Indiana and to the entire southeast.
Justin Neveau is a key member of our assembly team supporting manufacturing builds and field installations at Eckhart customer sites across North America. Having grown up on a family farm, Justin brings a strong work ethic, a creative mind, and a can-do attitude to Eckhart. He has gained a tremendous amount of knowledge working side by side with our most seasoned Assemblers and recently led a very complex tool installation for an Eckhart customer located in Texas. Justin is an active member of our Safety Committee and is also an Eckhart First Responder.
Justin grew up in Perry, MI where he continues to reside with his lovely wife, Anna. He enjoys hunting, fishing and working on the family farm that his family has owned since 1989.
Thanks to Lansing Community College President, Dr. Brent Knight, for hosting Eckhart at LCC's state-of-the-art Aviation Technology Center! Eckhart is proud to support the top-rated Aviation Technology Education and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) accredited program in the Midwest!
About Eckhart, Inc.
Founded in 1974 and based in Lansing, Michigan, Eckhart, Inc. engineers advanced industrial solutions that enhance the quality of life. Eckhart’s proven portfolio of advanced manufacturing technology includes market-leading collaborative robotic systems, traditional robotics, additive manufacturing tool development & production, and ergonomic general assembly tooling solutions for the world’s largest manufacturers. Eckhart serves an established and loyal, blue-chip customer base of leading automotive and industrial original equipment manufacturers that include General Electric, Ford, Tesla, PACCAR, John Deere, Bradford White, and Caterpillar. For additional information, please visit www.eckhartusa.com.
Autocraft, founded in 1958 and headquartered in Algonac, Michigan, provides advanced material handling systems and specialized tooling for the largest industrial manufacturers in the world. Autocraft’s market leading autonomous guided carts enhance safety and productivity while also increasing the velocity of material across manufacturing supply chains. Autocraft is well regarded for its patented work brake systems that optimize the ergonomics and safety of line operators exposed to rotating assembly processes. Autocraft serves a loyal and blue-chip customer base of leading industrial original equipment manufacturers that include Boeing, Honda, Toyota, Johnson Controls, Carrier, Whirlpool, Nissan, Kawasaki, Chrysler, and General Motors. Autocraft is a 2016 Honda Performance Excellence Award recipient. For additional information, please visit www.auto-craft.com.