This year’s Brisbane Truck Show is set to attract the industry’s biggest concentration of decision-makers, key stakeholders, influencers, operators and executives.
It’s a major opportunity for original equipment manufacturers to showcase their latest commercial vehicle solutions and ZF Services Australia will be among them, showcasing its lineup of cutting-edge products. ZF considers itself the world’s leading integrated systems provider for commercial vehicle technology.
Globally, the business brings over 100 years’ experience to the automotive industry and through a dynamic product portfolio, acquisitions and ongoing commercial partnerships it is positioned to capitalise on future demand for autonomous, efficient connected commercial vehicles to ensure it creates long-term value and security for its customers for whom it is regarded as a reputable and reliable partner through the entire life cycle of its products.
In Brisbane, ZF’s TraXon, the world’s first modular transmission, will take centre stage. Light, strong and intelligent, TraXon mates a basic high-tech automatic transmission with various setting-off and shift modules.
Through its use of operational efficiencies, TraXon offers uninterrupted fuel savings and a refined driving experience with GPS-based connectivity.
It was further enhanced in 2018 with the addition of an optional predictive maintenance function that continually monitors the vehicle operation and is operational on some of the most highly regarded commercial vehicles such as the latest Euro 6 DAF CFs, MAN TGX models and Hino 700 Series.
TraXon, according to Gary Bain, ZF Services Australia Head of OE and OES, is arguably one of the most technically advanced truck transmissions in the world.
“This technology offers fleet operators the capability of monitoring the condition of components such as transmission oil or clutch discs, via the Cloud,” he says.
“This enables maintenance to 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.”
The latest products from WABCO, the newest addition to the ZF family, will be also part of the Brisbane display.
This includes WABCO’s latest Trailer Electronic Braking Systems (TEBS) along with a range of accessory systems packaged under the Intelligent Trailer Program (ITP) banner.
WABCO’s TEBS and ITP system not only increase trailer safety and stability, but also, reportedly, offer rich data and connectivity solutions that improve a 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.
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. Also showcased will be the TRW range of steering and suspension components.
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.
“ZF Services Australia is proud to be showcasing the very latest from ZF and its family of brands this year at Brisbane,” says Gary, “as well as demonstrating our dedication and ongoing commitment to the local commercial vehicle industry.”
Visit ZF Services Australia at stand number 078 this week at the Brisbane Truck Show.