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ZF launches new brake actuator platform

ZF has launched a new brake actuator platform having secured a first Original Equipment (OE) contract from an unnamed commercial vehicle manufacturer.

Using a platform approach for the first time, ZF said its fourth-generation brake actuator technology offers significant safety and cost efficiency benefits for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs).

ZF confirmed it has already signed a long-term agreement with “a major OEM” based in Europe to equip its medium and heavy-duty trucks and buses with the latest brake chamber range.

Nick Rens, EVP, president EMEA with ZF’s commercial vehicle control systems division said: “Delivering the highest safety and quality standards, our new brake actuator platform provides significant performance and efficiency advantages for OEMs, including cost and variant reduction. Securing our first customer award from a leading OEM is clear validation of our approach.

“Having sold more than 70 million brake actuators worldwide, this innovation will further build on our global market leadership position as a trusted OEM partner with almost four decades’ mastery of brake actuation technology.

“Our new brake actuator platform is a powerful example of how ZF creatively innovates core products to enhance them for customers.”

ZF’s new brake chamber range supports all types of trucks, buses and trailers. The redesign builds on WABCO’s proven brake actuation technology with a rigorous focus on design-to-cost. Offering OEMs significant cost savings, the platform enables economies of scale through standardisation.

According to ZF, this includes a reduction of variants by up to 27 per cent and by up to 23 per cent fewer parts as well as associated maintenance cost savings. Requiring less space and offering greater mounting flexibility, component sizes and weights have also been lowered.

Further maximising cost effectiveness, the enhanced quality and robustness of the technology helps improve reliability and contributes to optimised vehicle uptime, the company added.