ZF Aftermarket shapes new era of collaboration

Sustainable processes and technologies for "green aftermarket" to be prioritised

ZF Aftermarket shapes new era of collaboration

ZF Aftermarket is set to “shape a new era of collaboration” as it reveals new product highlights.

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 at 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.”

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.

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.

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 crossreference material to hand.

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