Press Release


Automated Operations for the Future of Industrial Technology

  • At the 2017 Hanover Trade Fair, ZF will be showcasing its capabilities as a system supplier for industry digitalization
  • ZF’s cutting-edge solutions allow vehicles as well as industrial applications to see, think and act
  • Automated operations include artificial intelligence and cloud solutions for networked intelligent mechanical systems

Friedrichshafen/Hanover. Following ZF’s global motto "SEE – THINK – ACT", the company will showcase smart mechanical systems for the future of industrial technology at the 2017 Hannover Trade Fair. ZF will be focusing on the areas of artificial intelligence and cloud-based solutions, demonstrating how technology from the automotive sector can be applied to industrial applications such as wind turbines, agricultural machinery and cable cars.

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Automated Operations for the Future of Industrial Technology

The digital revolution is transforming industrial technology, heralding unimagined possibilities in terms of technological advances. ZF is a driving force behind the transition to intelligent mechanical systems and is already providing innovations and digital solutions for the industry of the future. “By networking intelligent and self-learning systems, we’re entering a whole new dimension,” says Wilhelm Rehm, member of the Board of Management of ZF Friedrichshafen AG, responsible for the Industrial Technology Division. “Our triad, ‘SEE – THINK – ACT', encapsulates the transformation of pure mechanics into intelligent mechanical systems that capture and analyze situations and respond accordingly.”

The ZF Innovation Tractor sees, thinks and acts

One of the technology forward products the company will be showcasing is its Innovation Tractor. ZF sensor and actuator technology not only allows the tractor to be maneuvered via tablet, but also enables it to detect trailers automatically and move to the correct coupling position at the push of a button. Another of this year’s highlights will be ZF ProAl, an electronic control unit co-developed by Nvidia and ZF. Based on a supercomputing platform, it brings artificial intelligence within the reach of the mobility and industry sectors.

In addition to exhibiting predictive maintenance scenarios for wind farms and cable car businesses at its own booth, ZF will be demonstrating its “Smart Gearbox” for rail vehicles at the VDMA showcase in Hall 20. Yet another highlight will be the ZF Car eWallet – based on blockchain technology – which can enable cars to pay highway tolls and parking fees autonomously.

With its Openmatics telematics platform, ZF has already been actively involved in intelligent fleet management for several years. The platform has built-in Bluetooth smart technology and provides a continuous overview of trucks, agricultural machinery or freight of any kind. Using inexpensive Bluetooth tags, users can track a product’s location, ambient temperature, possible damaging impacts and more. The cloud-based “Dashboard” app displays all data in real time so that users can evaluate it efficiently based on a variety of criteria.

On Tuesday April 25, 2017, Wilhelm Rehm, board member, Mamatha Chamarthi, ZF’s chief digital officer, and Dr. Klaus Geißdörfer, head of the Industrial Technology Division, will hold a press conference on ZF’s industrial technology digitalization strategy.

The press conference starts at 9:30 a.m. at the ZF booth, A12, in Hall 25.


Gernot Hein

Head of Communication & Public Affairs, Industrial Technology

+49 851 494-2480