Press Release


„Smart Gearbox“ for Ropeways: Intelligent Performance Management System for Industrial Gearboxes

  • At the Hannover Fair ZF presents for the first time their vision for the digitalisation of large gearboxes
  • ZF ProVID, the new Performance Management System for industrial gearboxes, allows the remote monitoring of operating conditions
  • ZF's Global Service positions itself even more broadly and offers multi-brand-repairs

ZF-industrial gearboxes are installed in numerous applications – from industrial installations and tunnel boring machines to offshore platforms and ropeways. The digital connectivity of these gearboxes in an industrial ambiance is one of today's challenges for the company: with the new Performance Management System „ZF ProVID“, ZF meets this challenge and enables the remote monitoring of complete drive systems. Additionally, potential gearbox damages can be detected at an early stage and ZF's Global Service Organisation will minimise the down-times of the monitored installations.

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„Smart Gearbox“ for Ropeways: Intelligent Performance Management System for Industrial Gearboxes

ZF gearboxes are reliable drive components, proven and tested in rope-guided transport systems under various operational conditions: no matter if under icy temperatures during ski lift operation or in tropical heat inside urban shuttle systems. ZF gearboxes for ropeways are extremely compact,

noise-optimised and combine longevity with low maintenance efforts. All gearboxes are characterised by silent operation and high robustness. The high quality of the individual components ensures a long life cycle with the highest possible operating reliability. Thus, ZF gearboxes support the manufacturer in fulfilling today’s requirements on ropeway systems: Comfort, safety and efficiency.

Performance Management with ZF ProVID

ZF ProVID combines variable sensor technology on the basis of reliable industrial standards with a ZF-Cloud solution and thus offers the possibility to access all the relevant information of the drive system. Via ZF algorithms a condition assessment of the installation is generated and a conclusive report including recommended actions for the operator of the installation is created. Details such as vibration data from the toothings and bearings of the gearbox and other elements of the drive train as well as oil parameters with reference to the life time are processed. The continuous control of all operating parameters will enable ZF's ProVID-Systems to detect any potential damages at an early stage and thus to avoid any unexpected down-times. ZF ProVID is designed for modular adaptation – this way an individual monitoring profile can be generated for each application or installation. ZF ProVID is suitable for the installation into new equipment as well as for the retrofit installation in existing equipment with ZF industrial gearboxes.

ZF bundles its European Service Activities in Witten

ZF's global service network with 650 Service partners in more than 230 locations in 40 countries now offers regional maintenance works or repairs for ZF industrial gearboxes and couplings/clutches. Advanced world-wide logistics and a broad warehouse stock for spare parts ensure a fast repair and minimize the down-time of the installation.

With the opening of the new European Service Center ZF broadens its service offers even more: In the Service Center in Witten, not only gearboxes and couplings made by ZF, Lohmann & Stolterfoht (L+S) and Rexroth can be repaired and upgraded to the state to the art, but also industrial and wind gearboxes of every other manufacturer world-wide as well.


Lukas Hildebrand

Automated Operations Off-Highway project team

+49 7541 7788-39