Bystronic was developing a new generation of laser cutting systems called ByVention and hoped to appeal to additional customer segments with this line’s new machining design. The laser cutting system was to be used for cutting standard sizes of sheet metal. A crucial part of the design was an intuitive user-centred interface. Bystronic also wished to enlarge its in-house development capacity and commissioned Zuhlke to handle usability, requirements engineering and software development for the user interface.
In an architectural review, Zuhlke pointed out aspects of the present software which could be optimised in terms of architecture and process development. Together with Bystronic’s domain experts, Zuhlke software developers and usability specialists designed the masks and operating sequences in usability workshops. Based on the specified requirements, the project team then developed the software on schedule and within the budget. In parallel with this project, the customer phased in a software development process called RUP (Rational Unified Process). As a result, Bystronic was able to benefit from the Zuhlke experts’ RUP experience even while the project work was going on.