As systems supplier, ZF offers a broad product scope with a wide range of individual solutions for forklifts and other material handling applications.
Each application has specific requirements calling for a technical solution. Whether this involves emission-free and quiet electrical lift trucks for the fast movement of small to medium loads or diesel-powered lift trucks which have to transport heavy loads over a long distance outdoors - the technology comes from ZF.
ZF offers a large product range between both ends of this product range: At one end, system solutions for electric counterbalance lift trucks, electric, seated or standing- driver equipment or push-type, low and high-lift trucks for warehouse applications in ITA classes 1-3. At the other end, solutions for all types of material handling vehicles with internal combustion engines. This includes container stackers in ITA classes 4-5, telehandlers or aircraft tractors.
Front and rear drives for electric counterbalance lift trucks and ready-to-install complete systems for any kind of warehouse handling equipment such as elevating work platforms, electric tractors, cleaning vehicles, automatically guided transport systems, or other special applications are developed and produced by ZF with various alternative solutions (spur gear, helical bevel gear or planetary transmission) to suit individual customer requirements. ZF supplies fully tested solutions for quick and direct installation into the vehicle.
Material handling vehicles with combustion engine are real “all-rounders“. In outdoor application, for example, they must be able to quickly transport extremely heavy loads over long distances, but they must also be able to precisely maneuver their load and set it down in the tightest of spaces. These widely varying functions make the highest demands on the driveline, in particular on the transmission. It must be designed for strong engines with a high input torque and gear shifts must take place under full load, without interrupting the tractive effort and without jerking. In addition, the transmission has to be space-saving and easy to install.
ZF offers a whole range of transmissions and axles which have been specially designed for the requirements of lift trucks and other materials transport vehicles with combustion engines.
Successful air traffic meets its fundamental requirements on ground. To afford a smoothly procedure for departing and arriving planes, Ground Support Equipment – as its name implies – is there to support the operations of aircraft whilst on the ground. Speed, efficiency, and accuracy are basics in ground handling services and essential for economy and safety. While passengers can sit back, relax and enjoy their flight, GSE is designed to do the heavy work behind the scenes.
ZF provides solutions for a broad range of GSE vehicles like aircraft tow tractors, cargo loaders, belt loader, passenger stairs, and towbarless tractors. The easy handling of ZF fully automatic transmissions and high tech axle systems support the driver in all working situations