During MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2021, ZF highlighted several products for use in mining and other heavy equipment industries. The company also announced MICO—which was acquired by WABCO in 2016 and then became a part of ZF when it acquired WABCO in 2020—will be fully integrated into ZF, helping the company further expand its braking technology for off-highway equipment.
ZF announces integration of MICO
MICO, a developer of precision-engineered hydraulic and electrohydraulic braking systems, will be integrated into ZF’s Off-Highway Business Unit. The MICO brand product portfolio, which serves customers in the heavy-duty, off-highway, construction, mining, material handling and agriculture sectors, will transition to ZF over the next several months as a result of ZF’s 2020 acquisition of MICO’s parent company, WABCO. The brands showcased products together for the first time at MINExpo International 2021.
“We’re very pleased to welcome MICO, a brand with a strong 75-year heritage in the industrial sector, to the ZF family of off-highway technologies,” said Piergiorgio Di Francesco, head of Off-Highway Business Unit, North America, ZF Group. ”The product line is a strong complement to ZF’s off-highway business and, together, we expect to develop new synergies. This will provide our customers with the highest levels of product, service and network resource support available today, creating greater opportunities for global growth and the ability to offer a more robust product portfolio.”
ZF’s Off-Highway Business Unit is part of the company’s Industrial Technology Division, which also includes Marine, Rail, Special Driveline and Wind Power applications. The MICO product brand will continue to focus on the off-highway segment.
“MICO and ZF have a shared expertise in our industry segments, technology, and especially of our customers and what is important to them. With this common foundation and knowledge, we see significant opportunities for innovation and complementary technology that will eventually provide fully autonomous systems to the off-highway industry,” said Di Francesco.
The company expects the integration to be complete by the first quarter of 2022.
New ZF technology
ZF highlighted its latest innovations for the mining industry at MINExpo. The company launched several new products, including a next generation Redulus4F Industrial Gearbox Series and Advanced Serviceability Solutions, based on the ProVID Condition Monitoring System, which features an extended global support network that provides rapid detection and maintenance quickly and efficiently.
“Advancements in large-scale gearbox applications for the mining sector are critical as demands on equipment load, durability and performance continue to be driven higher and higher,” said Christoph Kainzbauer, Head of Product Line Industrial Drives, ZF Group. “Our complete portfolio of gearbox solutions demonstrates our extensive experience across many industries and how we’ve successfully applied it to mining and large construction. We’re pleased to showcase these innovative solutions at MINExpo.”
Redulus4F Industrial Gearbox
ZF’s next generation Redulus4F Industrial Gearboxes feature a flexible, compact design capable of creating more than 2,000 gearbox combinations, while delivering extended load capacity and advanced serviceability – all in one package.
The innovative Redulus4F construction kit includes 20 gearbox sizes designed to support up to a 40% increase in torque and covers a broad torque range (99-5800 kNm), resulting in higher load capacity and optimal machine performance. The unique design of this compact gearbox features a smaller outer diameter, less weight and requires less packaging space, enabling a simplified installation process and reduced costs.
Additionally, with the development of the Redulus4F construction kit, requirements of various markets are considered, offering solutions for multiple customers spanning different industries.
Advanced Serviceability/ProVID Condition Monitoring System
Access to standard components and rapid repair are critical needs for the mining industry. ZF’s expanded serviceability program now features four regional service centers, 33 service companies and more than 650 partners globally that can reliably and efficiently meet the needs of its customers’ service needs.
ProVID, ZF’s Condition Monitoring System for large drive systems, offers a unique and innovative approach to service monitoring. The system increases operational reliability by monitoring performance and condition of core equipment components, helping to increase service lifetime and minimize engine downtime.
Additionally, ProVID offers fast reaction time in the event of early failure detection, and combined with ZF’s robust service network, decreases equipment downtime. ProVID has been proven in ropeway applications such as ski-lifts and urban lifts and has now been extended to all other industrial applications, with the first success in shredder gearboxes and thruster drives for marine applications.
GPT4F Next-Generation Drive Gears
ZF’s GPT4F Next Generation Drive Gears, designed for mining applications and large construction equipment, such as excavators and cranes, now offer increased torque density up to 10%, which enables higher robustness, supporting a longer service lifetime and reducing total cost of ownership.