Press Release


Intelligent Transmission Concept for Railway Traffic

  • At InnoTrans 2016, ZF is presenting an intelligent transmission concept for railway traffic for the first time.
  • With this transmission, ZF contributes decisively to reducing operating costs, optimizing performance and increasing overall safety.
  • At ZF, integrated sensor technology and corresponding data analysis open up the path to the "smart transmission" of the future.

Today, there is an increasing demand for and ever-higher expectations of permanent data connection, automatic data analysis and the associated monitoring systems. The ZF vision of an intelligent transmission encompasses the optimal use of data on the transmission status and even beyond the transmission itself. ZF has recognized the trend toward requirement-oriented maintenance. That's why it is boosting the further development of future and existing products for the railway system as a whole.

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Intelligent Transmission Concept for Railway Traffic

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.

Included here are a range of interesting functions:
Vibration monitoring

Applied in conjunction with the dedicated data analysis tool, the data records generated by the integrated sensors enable remote monitoring and analysis of transmission functions and statuses as well as early detection of potential trouble. For instance, the system monitors and analyzes the state of bearings, gearings and housings.

Furthermore, the system functions are supplemented by factors such as external information and other environment parameters. Informed by this data, the operator can react individually and flexibly to a wide variety of situations and ambient conditions.

Determining oil level and temperature behavior

The installed technology makes it possible to monitor various oil parameters. These can then be specifically linked with the current temperature behavior of the rolling bearings and transmission oil.

Operators can access the current information from all installed sensors via the mobile network or various data transfer stations along the route virtually in real time or in batch mode. That gives the operator full and always up-to-the-minute data transparency and analysis. As a result, he can perform efficient vehicle checks and benefit from early failure detection. All this ensures smooth, cost-optimized and low-maintenance operation of the railway vehicle fleet.


Georg Ehling

Head of Marketing and Business Development

+49 7541 77-2199