1971 – 2000
The first nanogram balance sets the world record for the most precise weighing (photo). This balance is used to weigh the moon rocks that astronaut Neil Armstrong brought back to Earth from his expedition.
The first compact analytical balance with a digital, electronic weight display, stability control and digital output (BCD) is launched.
A precision balance featuring microprocessor electronics (Intel4004) premieres.
The first autoclavable, integrity-testable filter cartridge with a pleated membrane filter is unveiled (photo).
The first fully electronic analytical balance with microprocessor electronics is launched.
The first electronic analytical balance is presented (photo).
The first explosion-protected version of an electronic precision balance in the world makes its debut.
The first automatic unit for integrity testing of membrane filter systems is launched.
The first electronic toploading microbalance is presented.
The first large-area filter cartridge with progressively finer, targeted filtration (Jumbo cartridge) is unveiled.
The first electronic laboratory balance series featuring MC1 technology is introduced.
Sartorius goes public.
Monolithic weigh cell technology is introduced. The monolithic weigh cell replaces a complicated weighing system made up of up to 150 different parts (photo). This new mechatronic system is the basis for many successive generations of balances and scales.
The world's first ultra-microbalance debuts with a weighing capacity featuring a resolution of 21 million digits and an accuracy of 0.1 µg.
Capital is successfully raised.
Sartorius acquires Boekels, market leader in quality control for the processing industry and in metal detection.
Sartorius acquires three companies, thereby expanding its product portfolio:
- Vivascience (innovative products for cell culture technology, protein purification and ultrafiltration)
- Denver Instrument Company (laboratory balances and measurement technology)
- GWT (formerly known as Phillips Wägetechnik and leading in high-capacity weighing technology)
B. Braun Biotech International, the world’s leading manufacturer of fermenters, bioreactors and cell cultivation systems, is acquired (now Sartorius Stedim Systems, photo).