Trends such as digitalisation, global competition or the demand for ever more innovation pose complex challenges for manufacturing industries; costs have to be reduced, sales secured and new ideas developed.
As an experienced innovation partner, we help you to transform these challenges into innovative solutions and services for your customers, and to exploit the potential of Industry 4.0 – the gradual digitalisation of industrial production – for your own benefit.
Our consulting and engineering teams design, develop and implement customer-oriented end-to-end solutions for you, solutions that are reflected in intelligent products and services, automated fleet management, lean production and predictive maintenance, and that optimise your operations and reduce costs.
Thanks to decades of project experience, we ensure that your innovations reach the market, generate the required customer value and can be scaled quickly and successfully on your path to Industry 4.0.
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.
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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.
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.
Rolf Höpli is Director and Partner at the Zühlke Group. As a Machine Engineering and Computer Science graduate, he is responsible for business development in Switzerland for the industrial MEM sector. In addition to the overarching theme of digitalization, Rolf is currently focused on the transformation of the customer experience, interdisciplinary product innovation and monetization of data science use cases. Rolf is a speaker and lecturer, he passes on his experience on the topic of digitization at universities of applied sciences (ffhs and BFH) and at MEM congresses.
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, Hong Kong and Vietnam, 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.
Andreas Pfleger is Business Development Manager at Zühlke. After a view exiting years in the manufacturing area, he changed to the IT sector. As a senior project manager he was responsible for mainly sofware development projects. For more than 8 years he specialises in solution-orientated business development in manufacturing and the machine building industry. He has a passion for the industrial digital transformation.