Commerce and Consumer Goods

Fully functional device prototype in just nine weeks


Zühlke assists Konica-Minolta with the development of an Office-Collaboration-System.

- Building a fully functioning prototype 
- Low costs due to agile project management 
- International shippable solution for user acceptance tests in only nine weeks

Konica Minolta wanted a fully functional device prototype to present a spectacular new device to its top management and selected international clients. Zühlke delivered on time and within budget.

Time sensitive project

Konica Minolta is a leading office & IT solutions provider with a clear vision: To provide the Workplace of the Future™. This requires innovative new products – and fast prototyping. In this case, there were only nine weeks to build and deliver a fully functional series-like experience prototype of a very complex, multifunctional device. Due to the high function integration level and the lead time of the manufactured parts, there was no time for a second try at it.

Prioritize, re-use and adapt

First, Konica Minolta and Zühlke defined the exact project size and the core functionalities. Then, a collocated multidisciplinary team started working, following a an agile, pragmatic and resultoriented approach: Prioritize, re-use, adapt. After only one integration model to validate the system feasibility, they already built the final prototype device.

Jérôme-Etienne Zastrow
' Making visionary products requires a visionary partner for the implementation. Zühlke is invaluable in their support for such innovative projects. '
Jérôme-Etienne Zastrow
Portfolio Extension Manager

Great success for both partners

The result is an innovative multimedia office-collaboration system with single board computer, several audio and video systems, battery operation, biometrics access and a functioning user interface as well as smartphone connectivity, and an extremely high-quality appearance. Thanks to Zühlke’s long track-record of device prototypes, the effort and budget estimations were precisely hit – a great success for both partners.

Zühlke Gerald Brose
Contact person for Germany

Gerald Brose

Executive Director Business Development

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.