Warren-based Eckhart, which designs, builds, and maintains connected industrial technology, has become a licensee of Applied Fiber in Florida. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Applied Fiber is licensing its fiber rope-socketed termination technology to select industry partners, who will have access to Applied Fiber’s portfolio of products, applications, and service.
Eckhart’s industrial solutions and Industry 4.0 technology are used in autonomous vehicles, robotic systems, assembly automation, 3-D printing, and more.
“Very few companies establish a universally endorsed brand or forge a new industry segment,” says Andy Storm, president and CEO of Eckhart. “Applied Fiber has achieved both. Through our announced partnership, our team of dedicated engineers is excited to design, build, and integrate highly automated systems for Applied Fiber and its licensed partners.”
Applied Fiber and Eckhart plan to deliver the first digitally managed processing equipment during the fourth quarter of this year.
“Given the importance of safety, reliability, and supply chain stability in the end-use applications, our selection of an automation partner was focused on the capability to support a network of equipment around the globe on a 24/7 basis, coupled with expertise to deliver state-of-the-art manufacturing capability for responsibly managing remote processing operations which are critical to end-use performance,” says Richard Campbell, CEO of Applied Fiber.
“Our requirements for build quality, design capability, relevant experience, and tier-one design and support commitment lead us to Eckhart, an Industry 4.0 advanced manufacturing solutions provider. Eckhart designs, implements, and sustains automation for some of the largest manufacturing companies in the world.”
Eckhart has been in business for more than 60 years and has worked with 3M, Boeing, Pepsico, Stryker Medical, General Electric, Ford, Tesla, John Deere, Honda, Subaru, Honeywell, Whirlpool, Toyota, Mercedes, and Caterpillar.
Applied Fiber offers terminated synthetic fiber tension systems worldwide. Its products are used in mining, offshore oil and gas, medical commercial marine, renewable energy, military, aerospace, and other industrial markets.