Yesterday, tomorrow and beyond!
One hundred years of Ersa are more than just an anniversary.
One hundred years stand for values that have grown, partnerships that have thrived
and the promise to continue the global success story we have been writing.
100 years of pioneering achievements
100 years of customer allure
100 years of leading soldering technologies
100 years of providing the best service
100 years of sustainable growth
And that is just the beginning.
When asked about Ersa, Ulrich Dosch aka 吴 磊, Manager Key Accounts & Business Development, makes one thing clear: “I identify myself 100 percent as an ‘Ersian’. That was and is my motivation for going to Hong Kong as an expat for Ersa.” Even if Ernst Sachs would probably be surprised to learn exactly where Zhuhai is located, international cooperation is now part of everyday life at Ersa. Ulrich Dosch proudly reports on one of his milestones: “In 2013, the first HOTFLOW reflow soldering system was built at the Zhuhai plant, and the 2,000th machine was delivered in 2021.” On the occasion of the anniversary, he cheers on his top company: “Keep on going, buddy!”
What makes Ersa successful? That´s easy to answer: It ´s the caring environment where people feel respected and connected and can overcome challenges together. We engage as a team and work toward common goals; every contribution is important. “100 Years of Ersa” and Ersa´s unparalleled evolution into a system supplier are testament to the commitment, dedication and hard work behind it all. I am very proud to be a team player – an Ersa Member from Vietnam.
Vic Lê Thúy, Operation Manager Kurtz Ersa Vietnam
When Dennis Fischer talks about his work, everything revolves around customers´ ideas. As an application & process engineer, customer demos are part of his daily business. “It is always a new challenge to implement perfect solutions,” says Dennis Fischer. His enthusiasm for his work is unbroken: “I´m fascinated by the diversity in which areas and for which applications and products our systems are used and deployed.” What would the founder say about that? “I think Ernst Sachs would be proud to be the starting point for this company, which is constantly evolving, adapting conditions and always setting benchmarks for the industry.”
Pam Gnacinski of U.S. subsidiary Kurtz Ersa, Inc. doesn´t have to think twice about who makes Ersa´s success possible: “The employees. After all, it takes a great team to keep a company at the top for so long.” Pam certainly feels right at home on her customer service team. “We´ve all worked at Ersa for more than 10 years, and we´re family. We know exactly how to rock our jobs.” So for the anniversary, there´s a congratulations with a wink: “Nothing like snacks and a cold beverage!”
IN ERSA'S HISTORY
DER ERSA GESCHICHTE
THE FIRST ELECTRIC SOLDERING IRON
Ersa company founder Ernst Sachs files a patent application for the Ersa H1, the first electric soldering iron, on July 8, 1921.
THE COMPANY FOUNDATION
The birth of ERSA - On November 18, 1921, ERnst SAchs registers the "First Special Factory for Electric Soldering Irons" as a business in Berlin.
THE COMPANY IS SUCCESSFUL
Despite inflation and economic crises, the business grows steadily. In 1923, a larger workshop is already being rented at Marienfelder Straße 87 in Berlin.
THE PROGRAM IS EXPANDED
In addition to the 200-watt soldering irons, lighter versions for the electrical industry and tin melting pots are produced. Trade show visits further boost the business.
THE FIRST OWN FACTORY
In 1927, the first Ersa factory is built as a residential and factory building at Manteuffelstraße 10a in Berlin.
THE RELOCATION IN TIMES OF WAR
In 1943, air attacks on Berlin require moving the main part of the production to Teuplitz, Lower Silesia. While the Berlin factory is hit by bombs in 1945, Soviet forces occupy the Teuplitz plant.
THE NEW START IN WERTHEIM
In 1946, production was resumed in a barrack next to Wertheim train station. A new residential and factory building is completed at Ferdinand-Hotz-Straße 3 in 1948.
Ersa attends the first export trade fair in Hanover. The triumph of the Ersa 30 soldering iron begins.
THE NEXT GENERATION
Ernst Sachs junior joins the company and helps to develop Ersa from a soldering equipment manufacturer into a system supplier for the electrotechnical industry.
With distributing the Flowsolder soldering machines of the English manufacturer FRY's, Ersa introduces machine soldering to the German market.
NEW BUILDING IN BESTENHEID
In 1961, a production building for manufacturing soldering irons was built in the Bauhaus style on the present company grounds in Wertheim-Bestenheid. A new administration building followed one year later.
ERSA SOLDERING MACHINES
Ersa quickly identifies the potential in machine soldering and develops and sells its own EST soldering systems in already in 1968.
In 1971, Ersa launched the TC 70, the first soldering iron with a mechanical temperature control built into the handle. The factory in Leonhard-Karl-Straße had already become too small and was expanded again.
Ersa customers can from now on use the TE 50 soldering station, the first electronically temperature-controlled Ersa soldering iron.
A GREAT ENTREPRENEUR
In recognition of his great achievements, company founder Ernst Sachs is awarded the Rudolf Diesel Medal in Nuremberg in 1964. In 1977, the entrepreneur died at the age of 87.
ARSON AND NEW THE MACHINE FACTORY
Following a burglary with arson, large parts of the soldering equipment production were destroyed in 1983. The damage exceeds DM 6 million. Two years later, a new manufacturing and administration building for soldering machines is built.
REFLOW SOLDERING MACHINES FOR SMD'S
When surface-mounted technology became popular, wave soldering reached its limits. After initially selling reflow soldering systems based on infrared radiation from a US partner, Ersa developed with the ERS series the first own reflow generation from 1986.
The computer has arrived in hand soldering
Ersa presents the first microprocessor-controlled soldering station CPS 60.1. Several stations can be networked and controlled by PC via process control software - a pioneering and future-oriented concept.
ERSA BECOMES KURTZ SUBSIDIARY
On 01.01.1993 Ersa is integrated into the Kurtz Group. A significant step for the further successful internationalization, since Kurtz's own subsidiaries in the USA and Asia can now also be used.
So-No-Clean AND HOTFLOW
Under the name So-No-CleanTM, Ersa develops the flux-free wave soldering process using ultrasound to series production readiness. In 1995, the worldwide success of the full convection reflow soldering machines of the HOTFLOW series begins.
PROFESSIONAL REPAIR SOLDERING
Maintaining added value - Back in 1997, Ersa launched the IR 500 Rework System, a repair soldering station with patented aperture system for replacing defective electronic components.
ERSASCOPE VISUAL INSPECTION
Ersa receives numerous innovation awards for the ERSASCOPE visual inspection system and the ERSA ImageDoc quality assurance software, including the Dr. Rudolf Eberle Prize from the state of Baden-Württemberg; Ersa Inc. is founded in Plymouth, WI, USA.
VERSAFLOW SELECTIVE SOLDERING
In addition to wave soldering machines, Ersa is now successful with selective soldering machines for inline operation, too. In the year 2001, the 100th VERSAFLOW is already being produced.
AWARDED AND CERTIFIED
Ersa wins the SMT Vision Award at APEX 2002 in San Diego for its IR 550 A BGA rework system. In 2003 the company organizes Lead Free Technology Days in Kreuzwertheim and is certified according to DIN ISO 9001:2000.
The first Ersa printer
Stencil printers have been part of the Ersa portfolio since 2007. The Ersa VERSAPRINT models already have 100% solder paste inspection integrated which is an absolutely unique selling point.
EVERYTHING IN TIME
Soldering machines and stencil printers are now manufactured at Ersa according to the Toyota principle in cycles. The i-CON soldering station is launched on the market.
KNOW HOW TRANSFER
As a certified training center of the DVS, Ersa is authorized to train manual soldering workers. Since then, the range of training courses has steadily expanded. Today, Ersa passes on its process know-how worldwide according to uniform quality standards.
A reason to celebrate
Ersa celebrates its 90th anniversary with a staff party at Wertheim Castle and an international sales meeting with celebration at Bronnbach Monastery.
REFLOW GOES CHINA
The markets for electronics manufacturing are constantly changing. Kurtz Ersa responds to this by establishing its own subsidiary in Mexico. At its plant in Zhuhai, China, Ersa builds reflow soldering systems for the local market for the first time.
The Mexican presence is being extended in 2016 by a demo and tech center in Guadalajara. The successful Ersa Hybrid Rework series, introduced in 2011, gets further growth in the entry-level segment with HR 500 and HR 550.
'To accommodate the significant growth and the resulting demands on professional logistics, Kurtz Ersa opens its logistics center in Kreuzwertheim-Wiebelbach after a construction period of only 14 months.
'The VERSAFLOW selective soldering machines are leading worldwide. The 1,000th system of the 3/45 series is delivered to a Swedish customer in 2018. In October 2021, system No. 1,500 will already be installed.
EXPANSION IN ASIA
Kurtz Ersa Vietnam is founded. On December 5, Kurtz Ersa Asia Ltd. celebrates its 15th anniversary in Zhuhai and inaugurates the large extension building.
EXPANSION IN WERTHEIM
A new SMART Factory production building with two cycle production lines for soldering machines and stencil printers is being built in Wertheim-Bestenheid. Even though old buildings have to be demolished in the process, there is not a single day of production downtime.
SUCCESSFUL REFLOW SOLDERING
'The Ersa EXOS convection reflow soldering system, which features a vacuum module for the first time, receives several technology awards. In 2021, the 2,000th HOTFLOW 3 reflow machine is delivered at the Zuhai plant.
100 YEARS OF ERSA
'Ersa celebrates its company anniversary on November 18th at Productronica in Munich. Founded in Berlin 100 years ago at this day, the company once again impresses the industry with innovative product premieres. Let us surprise you!