BTS21: ZF truck technology


At the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show, ZF Services Australia will showcase the latest products for the commercial vehicle industry from ZF and its family of brands

BTS21: ZF truck technology
ZF Services Australia will showcase the latest products for the commercial vehicle industry from ZF and its family of brands at the 2021 Brisbane Truck Show

Taking centre stage will be ZF’s TraXon, the world’s first modular transmission, which is increasingly selected as original equipment by commercial vehicle manufacturers, ZF says.

Light, strong and intelligent, TraXon, pictured below, mates a basic high-tech automatic transmission with various setting-off and shift modules.

TraXon offers fuel savings through its use of operational efficiencies and refined driving experience, throughout its GPS-based connectivity.

Arguably one of the most technically advanced truck transmissions in the world, says ZF, TraXon was further enhanced in 2018 by the addition of an optional predictive maintenance function that continually monitors vehicle operation.

This technology offers fleet operators the capability of monitoring the condition of components such as transmission oil or clutch discs, via the Cloud.

Maintenance can thus be planned proactively, which in turn could shorten vehicle downtimes and avoid stranded vehicles. This has the potential to also reduce costs and extend the transmission’s service life at the same time.

With the new predictive maintenance function, ZF is preparing its successful modular transmission TraXon for a digital future in the commercial vehicle industry.

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WABCO

ZF Services Australia will also showcase the latest products from Wabco, the newest addition to the ZF family.

Displayed will be Wabco’s latest trailer electronic braking systems (TEBS), pictured below, along with a range of accessory systems packaged under the Intelligent Trailer Program (ITP) banner.

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Wabco’s TEBS and ITP systems not only increase trailer safety and stability, but offer rich data and connectivity solutions that improve fleet’s operations and efficiency.

The acquisition of Wabco was a strategic decision by ZF as part of its Next Generation Mobility strategy to develop and deliver technology solutions that make cars and commercial vehicles see, think and act in order to reduce emissions and increase road safety.

AFTERMARKET

Another focus for ZF this year will be its aftermarket component lines, with displays focusing on its product brands, Lemförder, Sachs and TRW.

Lemförder chassis and steering components can be used as direct replacements, or to up-spec trucks to increase payloads, reduce fuel consumption and optimise driver dynamics.

Sachs shock absorbers are manufactured to original-equipment specifications and fit a wide range of trucks and commercial vehicles, plus trailers, and there’s even a range of units to suspend the driver’s cab.


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 Also showcased will be the TRW range of steering and suspension components.

REMANUFACTURING

ZF’s remanufacturing capabilities will also be highlighted, with ZF Services Australia offering the market a range of ‘remanufactured’ truck transmissions – all finished to ‘as new’ original-equipment standards.

‘Reborn’ components such as transmissions, axles and clutches are restored using the same manufacturing production processes utilised in their original manufacture.

In its remanufacturing process, ZF uses between 50 and 90 per cent less material than the production of equivalent new units, which in turn provides a benefit in reduced manufacturing energy consumption and CO2 emissions of around 90 per cent.

Globally, ZF brings over 100 years’ experience to the automotive industry and considers itself to a reputable and reliable partner through the entire life cycle of its products.

ZF is the world’s leading integrated systems provider for commercial vehicle technology and is well positioned to capitalise on future demand for autonomous, efficient and connected commercial vehicles and to create long-term value and security for its customers.

Visit ZF Services Australia at stand number 78 in Hall 2.

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