Minimax: Automated testing for better, more efficient, faster product development

Fire safety systems have to be 100 % reliable. Automated testing guarantees quality and reliability throughout development and across all product groups.

Benefits in a nutshell

  • Continuous testing and integration efficiently eliminates errors and enables agile product development
  • Test system flexibility makes it easier to introduce changes during product development
  • Standard technologies ensure the solution is persistent and maintainable



Zühlke’s broad range of expertise and their flexibility in terms of team size and com-position enabled us to quickly overcome challenging problems together.

– Bernd Hallwass-Fedder, Head of Electronics Development, Minimax

Comprehensive, international certification

Minimax is the global market leader in large-scale fire safety systems. These systems require extensive certification – the slightest error can be extremely costly. The company wanted an automated, user-friendly test environment to improve quality and productivity, and reliable, reproducible tests to speed up the approval process. Zühlke developed the system components.

Demanding applications

The systems must be subjected to very high electrical power during testing, while continuing to perform measurements to a high level of accuracy. The systems also need to be compatible with a wide variety of different hardware interfaces, and programming test procedures needs to be simple and intuitive. Zühlke used an interdisciplinary, agile approach to develop the system on time and on budget in parallel with ongoing product development.

Scaling to other product types

The result: an intelligent thermal design and a precise calibration procedure ensure reproducible measurements despite the high electrical power. Test adapters with indi-vidually optimised software are available for a wide range of interfaces. A standardised user interface enables users to perform complex tests without in-depth expertise.


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Rolf Höpli

Director Business Development
Industrial Sector

"Digitalisation opens up new opportunities: product manufacturers become comprehensive service providers and bind their customers more closely to themselves with inspiring experiences. Benefit from our experience in Swiss industry."