SamIT Project Manager

How does the vehicle respond in the event of road unevenness, braking, and evasive maneuvers? The elastic connection of premium rubber-to-metal components between the individual chassis components has a decisive impact upon this. LEMFÖRDER rubber bearings for the chassis ensure sound absorption, ideal steering behavior, and driving stability, even in critical situations. The product range consists of suspension strut mounts and axle bearings. In terms of the axle bearings, a distinction is made between link mounts, axle beam mounts, subframe bearings, and stabilizer mounts. Alongside the ball joint, the rubber-bonded metal mount is the most important type of joint in the wheel guidance of the chassis. It forms the elastic connection of individual chassis components such as between the control arm and the vehicle body or the subframe. Through the specific dimensioning and shaping of these parts, it is possible to influence the tuning of the chassis.

The intelligent connection between rubber and metal

What he does at ZF:

How do we align the economic needs of the Region of Asia-Pacific with the opportunities offered by information technology? And how can we promote local projects while also ensuring a balanced cost-benefit ratio? As an IT supervisor, Sam works on making sure that IT systems are running properly and cost-effectively throughout the entire region. In doing so, he not only coordinates the individual steps and processes with management, he also represents the Region of Asia-Pacific on the Global Communication Council.

What I especially appreciate about ZF is its ambition to develop new technologies and its emphasis on driving innovation.”

Rubber-to-metal components have a decisive influence on driving characteristics and driving safety. The vulcanized connection between the metal and rubber transfers pressure and shear forces and simultaneously insulates oscillations, vibrations, and structure-borne noise. They are used where mobile and, at the same time, damping connections are required: Up to 15 different rubber-to-metal components are installed in a passenger car.

The LEMFÖRDER composite parts are therefore designed in an innovative manner and are geared towards a particularly long service life.

How he came to ZF:

Sam began working for TRW Automotive in 2008, first as an IT administrator, then later on as a project manager. Since 2014, he has had broader responsibilities as IT supervisor and engineering business resource manager. “ZF’s acquisition of TRW gave me the chance to become part of an even bigger and better company, so I decided to stay,” he explains. Sam is currently working on the EPROS project, a system for technology centers that will support the electronic commodity purchasing process. “In addition, we are currently drafting a design guideline for one ZF TRW product line which we hope will become a global system.

LEMFÖRDER rubber-metal bearings in the chassis

Conventional bearings are intelligently designed rubber-metal or rubber-plastic constructions that provide mechanical damping.

Hydraulic bearings or hydro bearings additionally work with an oil damping. Within the rubber element, the liquid ensures a resistance to flow that softens jolts and vibrations. Hydraulic bearings are used wherever an elastic mounting with frequency-dependent damping is desired.

Hydraulic bearings may be:

  • Link mounts
  • Axle beam mounts and subframe bearings
  • In the driveline: Engine mounts