Discover the impressive success story of ERS. Learn more about their milestones, innovations and challenges.
ERS: From idea to innovation - Our success story
The company ERS was established with 3 founders as a design office specializing in the development and sale of systems for fastening loads to ropes.
ERS with their own production after acquiring production premises and a CNC lathe. Through their dedicated efforts and quick problem solving, they gained customers in direct sales and established themselves in the lighting industry.
With their modular construction system and 3D design, they were innovative. The use of rope fastening elements from the zinc die-casting process set them apart from other companies. They were also able to attract larger customers and built a competent team.
ERS invested in a Stratasys 3D printer that enabled direct visualization and illustration of designs.
ERS began a development offensive with numerous patents and utility models. At the same time, the separation from the 3rd shareholder took place.
ERS participated in the Light&Building trade fair for the first time and formed a cooperation with the University of Kassel to develop a tensegrity structure for the exhibition stand.
ERS moved into its own company building at the Lorsch site.
ERS founded the project company VMD and successfully developed a device for curing fingernail polish. The device was presented by Paris Hilton.
2014 brought the breakthrough of LEDs in general lighting, while conventional light sources were displaced. ERS combined the electrical supply of (LED) luminaires with the mechanical (rope) suspension and developed the first LEDFix. Together with Prof. Kuhl from the University of Kassel, ERS built a tensegrity tower in the BMW Museum in Munich. ERS also supplied rope suspensions for a mirror-glass installation at the Tolerance Award of the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
ERS developed the S-series of RopeFix for event technology and held the first ERS event where industry representatives could exchange ideas.
The "ecoline plus" is a series from ERS developed to counter the growing price pressure from the Asian region. It is targeted at cost-sensitive and high-volume markets and does without the standard TÜV certification. Instead, production and testing are carried out in accordance with internal ERS quality standards. In addition, key components are manufactured cost-efficiently using the zinc die-casting process.
OEM production of design-oriented complete products for improving room acoustics has begun. These products are developed and distributed by the company cabs (cabsdesign.de).
ERS acquired an extension plot and started the construction of the "South Hall". The slogan "tool-less-fast-safe" defines the basic understanding and design of the products. In addition, 3D printing for series components made of polyamide with an HP 3D printer was introduced, both for internal developments and customer orders.
ERS invested in a high-end production lathe from INDEX, equipped with a digital twin and Industry 4.0 functions. The move into the new building took place and the "ERS event" was held together with the inauguration of the new production areas.
An initial implementation project on the topic of Industry 4.0 was carried out in collaboration with the SME Competence Center in DA. This involved the development of an "intelligent load cell" in the area of picking and packing. In addition, a project on energy saving in metal casting production was implemented with the support of KFW.
Entry into electrical and electronic components assembly and development modular automation stations
ERS is breaking into a new era by assembling electrical and electronic components for the lighting industry as well as the IT and entertainment sectors. In doing so, the company relies on modular automation stations to reduce the workload on employees in production, final assembly and order picking and to secure the location in Germany.
Introduction of the first modular automation unit and implementation of a new ERP system
ERS successfully introduced an in-house developed and built modular automation unit for metal injection molding. In addition, the development of a fully automated rope processing line was started. In addition, a new comprehensive ERP system was implemented, which can map the entire manufacturing and logistics in real time.
Expansion of production capacities and development of further automation units, new web presence and further development of the LEDFix system
ERS has expanded its production capacities and commissioned a second fully automatic rope processing line. At the same time, the web presence was revised. In addition, two further modular automation units for final assembly and order picking were developed. The LEDFix system was also further developed to expand the electrical and electronic components business field.
ERS employs about 50 people and works together with Lebenshilfen and workshops for the disabled.
Training at ERS:
- 2009: First apprentice as machine and plant operator
- 2012: First commercial apprentice as management assistant for office communication
- 2015: First apprentice product designer
- Today (2022): Training of product designers, industrial clerks and machine and plant operators
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