Herrenknecht builds data platform to drive future profits

The global market leader in tunnel boring machines wanted to offer new, digital services. Zühlke and Herrenknecht developed the right data platform.

Benefits in a nutshell

  • Improved maintenance process efficiency and better machine availability.
  • More effective use of machines on site.
  • Competitive edge through new services based on consistent data.



The professionalism and broad range of experience demonstrated by the Zühlke team was extremely helpful and a key factor in successful development of our digital plat-form solution.

– Torsten Weiser, Data management team lead (digital products)

Consolidated data platform

To enable continuous optimisation of its technology and products going forward, Herrenknecht is enhancing its offering with new, digital services. The new services will be based on intelligent analysis of machine data over the course of entire tunnelling projects. To optimise data utilisation, the company needed a single data platform spanning all business areas and all machine types.

Jointly defining and implementing requirements

Zühlke and Herrenknecht developed an existing platform into a new unified platform. By using a unified data model, the new platform enables consistent, tamperproof storage of data from all machine types. Data is stored in real time both locally on the machine and in the cloud, providing site managers with flexible data analytics capabilities. Zühlke and Herrenknecht worked together to define precise requirements for the data platform and used an agile approach to effectively and reliably implement these requirements.

Flexibility for future development

Zühlke developed an API designed to enable controlled access, ensuring that the platform offers high flexibility in terms of future development. As an example, forthcoming development means the platform will soon display machine status and pending maintenance procedures at a glance.


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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."