Smart Gearbox and Smart Typeplate @ZF

Internet of Things The Intelligent Combination of Mechanics, Electronics and Digital Technologies

Discover the Potential – IoT@ZF

ZF presents technologies which improve the networking of complex workflows and thus simplify them. Many things in our daily lives are now connected electronically and can thus operate intelligently. From simple items to complex cars and machines, the „Internet of Things“ (IoT) simplifies our daily lives. This technological progress holds great potential for the industry. ZF has identified this trend and is focusing on IoT in its research and development.

ZF is implementing the new technology based on the following pillars:

  • Connectedness of the supply and manufacturing chain in production using IoT technology and the Industry 4.0 approach.
  • Enrichment of products with sensors that are adapted from the automotive sector to the specific requirements.
  • Facilitation of new digital business models that are based on existing hardware and solve problems for manufacturers and operators, for which there has been no satisfactory solution up to now.

Intelligent Transmission Concept for Railway Traffic "Smart Transmission" of the Future

With its intelligent transmission concept for railway traffic, ZF presents a series of innovative approaches including state-of-the-art sensor technology and data analysis tools. This increases the efficiency and reliability of rail vehicles and the corresponding infrastructure.

The transmission concept offers several functions:

  • "Vibration Monitoring"
    With the appropriate data analysis tool the data records produced by the integrated sensors facilitate remote monitoring or analysis of the gearbox functions and condition as well as early detection of potential fault sources. For example, the system monitors and analyses the condition of the bearings, gear teeth and housing.
    The system functions are, for example, also supplemented by external information and ambient parameters. Through this data the operator can react individually and flexibly to the most varied situations and ambient influences.
  • Determination of the oil condition and the temperature behaviour
    The installed technology enables the most varied oil parameters to be monitored and specifically linked to the current temperature behaviour of roller bearings and gearbox oil.
    The current information from all installed sensors can be relayed via the mobile phone network or various data transfer stations along the route almost in real time, but can also be retrieved in the batch mode. The operating company therefore always has complete transparency with up-to-date data evaluation. It can therefore carry out efficient vehicle checks as well as early detection of failures. Consequently, trouble-free and cost-optimised operation of a fleet of track-borne vehicles is possible with reduced maintenance.

Smart Typeplate The ID Card for the Gearbox

Further potential is offered by the ZF Smart Typeplate with which the original type-plate is provided with an integrated chip. The information is stored locally or in a cloud and is available any time. Read-out takes place with existing devices, such as for example, smart phones. The Smart Typeplate facilitates, for example, the monitoring of the operating hours so that each part of the driveline can be documented. The product data can be automatically displayed. These technologies have huge potential for this industrial sector. ZF has recognised this trend and is placing more emphasis on the Internet of Things in the fields of research and development.