... in the coal barn
The waterpowered hammer mill in Hasloch at the Haselbach is the origin of the international high-tech corporation Kurtz Ersa. The HAMMERMUSEUM and the still working Iron Hammer tell a story full of passion to glowing iron.
HAMMERMUSEUM and Iron Hammer show living technology since 1779. According to the motto "Future needs Origin" the view back defines the position of today and tomorrow. You will obtain a first impression of the exhibition on this page.
Until the late 19th century, many iron hammers were located in the Spessart and Odenwald regions. These used wood, which was plentiful, and water power. An interactive model illustrates how water power is controlled through sluices.
Everything that is worth knowing about the iron hammer in Hasloch is included in the second chapter: how do a tilt hammer or a tail hammer work exactly and how is metal shaped using these? Historic forgings are on display, such as bell tongues, pliers and drag shoes. At an interactive station, visitors can test their strength against that of the iron hammer.
As early as 1852, the Kurtz family expanded its iron hammer into a foundry. Household items and agricultural machinery were produced, as well as railway castings. This first diversification enabled the company to survive.
With an enlarged foundry and machine factory, the "Joachim & Kurtz, Maschinen- und Apparatebaugesellschaft" became nationally active in the 20th century. Numerous original exhibits and an interactive world map illustrate the diversification process and internationalisation of today´s Kurtz Ersa Group.
KURTZ ERSA TODAY
Today, devices, machines and automated production plants are manufactured under the Kurtz and Ersa brands. Chapter five explains what is produced with them. Especially vivid: an interactive soldering game in which a radio circuit is soldered and put into operation.
FUTURE WITH ORIGIN
Since 1800 the Kurtz family has steered the fortunes of the company. In the course of time, the iron hammer in Hasloch has developed into an internationally operating group. Information boards illustrate numerous aspects such as sustainability, innovation and advertising in the course of time.