ZF makes a mil­lion In­tarders

Motor Equipment News - - DIESEL INDUSTRY NEWS -

The ZF-In­tarder wear-free brake sys­tem for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles is cel­e­brat­ing a spe­cial an­niver­sary, with one mil­lion units pro­duced. The ZFIn­tarder sys­tem is in­te­grated into the ve­hi­cle’s trans­mis­sion and as­sumes 90 per­cent of all brak­ing with­out in­volv­ing the ser­vice brake, thereby in­creas­ing safety and sav­ing ma­te­rial.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the ZF-In­tarder sys­tem pro­tects the en­vi­ron­ment, with ZF es­ti­mat­ing that with the pro­duc­tion mile­stone of one mil­lion units, around 60,000 tons of brake dust has been pre­vented.

“The ZF-In­tarder ful­fills sev­eral re­quire­ments si­mul­ta­ne­ously: it in­creases com­fort and safety, low­ers­main­te­nance costs and im­proves en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pat­i­bil­ity,” said Win­fried Gründler, head of the Truck & Van Driv­e­line Tech­nol­ogy Busi­ness Unit, ZF Com­mer­cial Ve­hi­cle Tech­nol­ogy Di­vi­sion said.

Key facts

The high 4,000Nm brake torque is avail­able within one sec­ond, and can de­cel­er­ate a 608kW 38-ton ve­hi­cle down­hill. In ad­di­tion to in­creased safety, the ZF-In­tarder sys­tem also re­duces wear to brake discs and lin­ings, and thus main­te­nance costs. Driver com­fort is en­hanced. with the driver able to set the de­sired speed us­ing cruise control, en­abling the trans­mis­sion control unit to take over the down­hill drive and the ac­ti­va­tion of the In­tarder with­out read­just­ments. The driver can reg­u­late the brake force in in­cre­ments while do­ing so. Due to the gen­tle brak­ing of the ZF-In­tarder sys­tem, the cre­ation of brake dust is min­imised. Cus­tomers of the ZF-In­tarder wear­free brake sys­tem now in­clude rail and crane man­u­fac­tur­ers in ad­di­tion to truck and bus man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Since 1992

One mil­lion pro­duced: The In­tarder works ex­tremely ef­fec­tively and vir­tu­ally wear free, pre­serves the com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle ser­vice brakes and, in do­ing so, in­hibits the devel­op­ment of brake dust.

Rea­son to cel­e­brate: The In­tarder has been pro­duced since 1992; the mil­lionth unit has just come off the pro­duc­tion line.

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