After recent acquisition of WABCO, increased offering for cars, commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers and buses
ZF Aftermarket wants to enable an attractive mobility experience for everyone. Innovative ZF technology for cars, commercial vehicles, trucks, trailers and buses will make a decisive contribution to this. New products such as the WABCO Modular ABS Sensors and the TRW Electric Brake Booster for e-vehicles exemplify a future-oriented and convenient product portfolio which will be presented at the Digital ZF Aftermarket @Automechanika 2021 event from September 14th to 16th. A key topic of the digital trade show is sustainability. Offering remanufacturing, repair and retrofit solutions to save materials and reduce emissions is one aspect of ZF’s sustainability roadmap; continuing to source green energy for its factories is another. For the first time, ZF Aftermarket will introduce the #greenaftermarket label for a range of TRW brake pads.
The digitization of mobility is picking up speed. As a result, customers' individual demands for flexibility, speed and comfort are increasing. Together with its partners, ZF Aftermarket wants to enable attractive mobility experiences for everyone. "Our brand values of trust, passion, and care not only determine our realizations in the service portfolio but are also expressed in the individual mobility experience of our customers - at every point within the value chain," explains Dr. Holger Hättich, Head of Customers & Strategy, ZF Aftermarket.
Close cooperation with partners is considered key to success. Dr. Holger Hättich underlines: “We take a personal approach, create convenience and stay in close contact with our customers to continuously improve our service offering.”
Upskill workshops through knowledge
ZF Aftermarket’s objective is that all market participants understand Next Generation technologies as well as the challenges they bring along with them and can therefore prepare at an early stage. With workshop concepts such as ZF [pro]Tech, independent workshops are offered a comprehensive service package that includes access to vehicle-specific installation instructions and all relevant technical information on ZF Aftermarket and other branded products. In addition, a series of training courses allow workshops to acquire comprehensive knowledge on Next Generation Mobility.
Empowering workshops through coverage
Trusted brands such as Lemförder, Sachs, TRW and WABCO along with technical innovations & future-oriented services result in a convincing offer for customers. "Our product brands have always stood for a compelling combination of innovation and experience. What's more, our customers can always rely on us to offer a broad portfolio which they can use to their advantage to gain market share and secure their own growth," explains Dr. Holger Hättich.
OE innovation for the aftermarket: TRW Electric Brake Booster for electric vehicles
More efficient combustion engines, hybrid- or purely electric drives require modular and scalable solutions for the braking system. The TRW-branded Electric Brake Booster (EBB) uses a special electronic system to provide improved brake actuation: replacing the vacuum brake boosters and, if necessary, the vacuum pump with its associated cables, sensors, switches and control units. With this TRW system, ZF Aftermarket is offering a genuine OE innovation at an early stage, which not only meets high comfort requirements and safety standards, but also supports the recovery of braking energy and thus the range of purely electric vehicles. A software function also ensures that the vehicle is held securely in parking mode by the electric parking brake, meaning that a mechanical parking brake can be dispensed with.
New in the aftermarket: WABCO modular ABS Sensors
Customer-centric, resource-saving, and cost-effective, the latest WABCO product solves a common problem: when commercial vehicles come to the workshop with a defective ABS sensor, a specific version of this part has to be ordered, which may not be in stock at the dealer. A modular ABS sensor concept which counteracts this problem has been developed for independent workshops. It consists of a short ABS sensor with the standard KEA connector that is attached to the wheel, an extension cable in various lengths, and a range of adapters that cover the main electronic control units (ECUs) available on the market. Once the modular concept is installed on the vehicle, only the defective component needs to be replaced, which significantly speeds up the repair process, reduces downtime and lowers costs.
Thanks to the special flexibility in application, workshops no longer need to keep a large inventory of different sensors. Depending on just three parameters (sensor type, length, and connector), they can replace hundreds of variants with just a few products. A combination of two existing ABS sensors, ten extension cables and eight adapters can replace over 400 OE references. Future plans include the introduction of additional adapter variants to cover even more references. A wheel speed sensor selection-tool will be available by the end of the year to help workshops find the right combination even without having a cross-reference material to hand.
ZF Bus Connect – Unleashing the power of Vehicle Data
A new product which caters to the connected Next Generation Aftermarket is ZF Bus Connect. This is a fleet management tool that enables public transport or private bus operators to enhance and improve efficiency and performance of their fleets:
ZF Bus Connect is also suitable for use in hybrid and electric buses, and mixed fleets. The user can check every aspect of the vehicle, including live viewing of vehicle locations, observe current fuel consumption, battery charge or maintenance status of the vehicles parts, tire pressure, brake wear and other system messages.
Partnerships as the key to success
Partnerships with other companies are also gaining importance when it comes to spearheading the Next Generation Aftermarket.
"What one cannot do alone, many can do together". This almost 200-year-old quote is more relevant today than ever before," underlines Dr. Holger Hättich. "Overarching goals such as a more sustainable economy, dissolving digital silos or even the design of Next Generation Mobility in the aftermarket require the efforts of many. ZF Aftermarket is open to all co-operations that do not close their minds to innovations and transformations, but - like us - want to enable an attractive and sustainable mobility experience for everyone."