Accenture buys Canadian Eclipse Automation, provider of manufacturing automation and robotics solutions. With this acquisition Accenture will be able to offer automated production lines that combine cloud, data and artificial intelligence (AI).
Eclipse Automation provides automated manufacturing systems to produce products for life sciences, industrial equipment, automotive, energy and consumer goods companies. Its technologists and engineers design, build, integrate and service advanced automation solutions for producing components and devices such as electric vehicle batteries and wearable blood-glucose monitors. Eclipse Automation’s solutions include automation control systems, production machines and robots, with critical customized tooling manufactured in-house.
Autonomous mobile robots
The acquisition is part of Accenture’s expansion of its digital engineering and manufacturing capabilities. In 2020, Accenture bought Myrtle Consulting (US, Canada), a consultancy for strategic advisory on industrial operations, and Callisto Integration (Canada), a provider of manufacturing execution and shop-floor control systems. In 2021, Accenture added Pollux (Brazil), which engineers and deploys materials handling and autonomous mobile robots, paving its way into autonomous robotics systems. Later that year, Accenture made one of its largest acquisitions ever with international engineering services provider umlaut, headquartered in Germany, and strengthened its asset management and performance capabilities with Advoco (US) and T.A. Cook (Germany).