Industrial companies are increasingly being challenged to innovate more quickly. This pressure is driven by a combination of trends,in particular the growth in global competition, digitalisation, sustainability and greentech and customer demand for a conveyor belt of innovations.
More recently, the coronavirus pandemic has added the demand for enhanced connectivity and automation.
To thrive under these conditions, manufacturing industries must rethink their business models, streamline operations with the smart use of data and technology, and come up with the new products their customers expect. The complex nature of innovation projects calls for an all-encompassing vision and interdisciplinary skills that cover everything from business consulting to concept and product development, from technical implementation to successful market launch and maintenance.
As a full-stack innovation partner, we can accompany you through any and every stage of your project.
Our experienced consulting and engineering teams design, build and integrate customer-centric End-to-End solutions with the proven potential to open up new areas of business areas and generate growth. These include smart products and services for your customers, automated fleet management, lean production and predictive maintenance.
With just one source for hardware and software development, connectivity integration, user experience and design from Zühlke, you receive best-in-class products tailored to your specific business needs.
Speeding up Hardware Development
New market conditions call for innovations that are developed and launched in ever shorter cycles, with a larger software component – and in record time.
We quickly turn your ideas into products that are ready for market, in ideation workshops where we develop and test your ideas with functional prototypes and with agile, cross-functional teams of experts from the fields of electronics, mechanics, optics, software and usability who build, produce and successfully launch your mass-market products.
Cost optimisation and the short time to market ensure you can compete against the world’s best.
Connecting Products the Smart Way
In a digitised world, connected products aren’t nice-to-have – they’re a basic requirement for staying in business.
We use smart technology to make your products interconnectable with the full range of suppliers, and process the data this generates on a centralised platform.
This delivers the profound insights that lay the groundwork for Industry 4.0 use cases. Automated condition monitoring and fleet management, optimised operation processes and new services for your customers are some of the potential use cases that improve efficiency and offer compelling opportunities to differentiate your products from your competitors.
Reducing Production Costs with Value Engineering
The production of goods is one of the biggest manufacturing cost items for companies, while systems development offers the biggest potential to economise.
With our value-engineering approach, we help you develop equipment, machines, associated disposables and production facilities more cost effectively.
By focusing on value from the start, we can cut production costs by up to 50%.
Staying Flexible with Standard Solutions Customised to Your Needs
Companies that purchase standard software and/or hardware solutions from third-party providers invariably face the issue of supplier dependency. While commercial off-the-shelf products may look like a cost-effective option, they usually lead to vendor lock-in and the loss of IP ownership.
As a full lifecycle partner, we solve this problem with a blend of standard products and custom-made solutions tailored to your specific business needs.
This gives you maximum flexibility when it comes to systemic changes, data sovereignty and development costs.
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Optimising Performance and Transparency with Data-Driven Solutions
A lack of feedback from processes and devices is one of the main causes of operational inefficiency and revenue loss in the manufacturing sector. The answer is a holistic digitalisation strategy, built around interconnected, smart, machine-learning solutions that culminate in a more efficient, entirely data-driven company.
Our solutions allow you to collect and apply the data required for Industry 4.0 use cases like automation, which boosts the efficiency of the production process, resource management, quality control and customer service.
To maximise impact for our customers, we develop customised, AI solutions and install best-in-class sensor technology – for edge-data acquisition that delivers more comprehensive feedback. By eliminating data blind spots, we pave the way for operational excellence.
Gerald Brose is Director Business Development at the Zühlke Group. An Economics graduate, he is responsible for business development in Germany for the industrial sector with a focus on plant and mechanical engineering. Before joining Zühlke, he worked as a consultant and key account manager in IT outsourcing. In addition to the overarching theme of digitalisation, Gerald is currently focused on IP ownership in product innovation, monetisation of data science use cases, and customer experience.
Jonas Trindler is CEO at Zühlke Asia and Partner at Zühlke Group. He founded subsidiaries in Singapore and Hong Kong, and heads the Asia team in partnering with companies in the business and technology sectors with a focus on developing solutions driving innovation for the digital future. Jonas Trindler has extensive experience in building, developing and growing high-performance agile engineering teams, having pioneered teams in various new locations on a global level.
Christoph Bröcker is Managing Director of Zühlke in Hong Kong. With over 20 years of experience in the IT services industry, he has supported mission-critical projects primarily in banking, insurance, telecommunications, and manufacturing as a manager, consultant and engineer. He holds a PhD in Computer Science and an MBA from Mannheim Business School. Enthusiastic about the value that software can bring to our society and our lives, his current focus is on digital ecosystems and multi-sided platform business models.
Brewster Barclay has a long history developing and selling innovative software and hardware solutions in the electronics and Internet industries, including running a start-up for 6 years. He is dedicated to helping customers create innovative solutions in healthcare and has shown this outside of his Zühlke responsibilities in his frequent mentoring of e-health and medtech startups.