The pre-requisite for this, above all, is extremely high computing power. That's what makes “Advanced Data Analytics” possible, the magic word that enables ZF test benches to tap into the potential of production data. “In production, for example of transmissions, electric drives, steering or braking systems, we generate vast amounts of information“, explains Gert Jeckel, data analytics expert in test bench development at ZF. “Simply put, we collect all these data at a central location, like in our ZF IoT Cloud. There, smart, constantly learning algorithms analyze these data for repeating patterns that indicate possible problems.” If a product does not pass the final quality check, the data analytics applications not only look at the obviously exceeded limit value, but the overall picture of all measured parameters. This is how they immediately identify the cause of the malfunction. This knowledge enables accelerated repairs without having to spend valuable time looking for the cause after disassembly.