ZF Announces North American Launch of Next-Generation Electronic Control System and Showcases Key Pleasure Craft Technologies at FLIBS 2021


FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, October 26, 2021 / PRNewswire / – ZF presents its latest innovations for the pleasure boat market at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). During the fair, ZF will present for the first time at North America, TotalOrder, an all-new propulsion control platform that includes advanced features to complement ZF’s advanced drivetrain technology. TotalCommand intelligence enables adaptive gear engagement and near-instant clutch response through optimized proportional control valves. During FLIBS 2021, ZF Marine technologies will be exhibited on stand 1078.

TotalCommand also provides telematics data (temperature, pressure and output speed) via sensors built into ZF transmissions so that the captain has full visibility into the health and functioning of the entire propulsion system. ZF TotalCommand offers recreational and professional vessels unprecedented control and precision with smooth gear changes and seamless transitions between operating modes.

Coupled with ZF’s new intelligent transmission family (ZF 400), TotalCommand offers a new level of vessel control. “Never before has the vessel’s control system been more closely integrated with our latest transmission technology,” explained Keith stanley, Senior Manager, North America Pleasure Craft and central America, ZF Group.

TotalCommand intelligence works in concert with SuperShift 2 and a proportional control valve optimized to provide fingertip control of the transmission. With infinite control of output shaft speed, fishing valves at the trolls are no longer required to maneuver in tight spaces. ” Not only does the system offer unparalleled vessel control, the new family of control levers are as rugged as they are stylish – suitable for both luxury yachts and commercial vessels. Commissioning and troubleshooting can be done at the helm using a small, unobtrusive LCD display built into the control head. The new compact processors can be installed in the traditional way or mounted on the new Smart Transmission family for easy system installation and space saving.

“The new TotalCommand system is a great addition to ZF’s marine product portfolio,” explained Drew orvieto, Senior Manager, Commercial Fast Craft and Engineering, for ZF en North America and central America. “First of all, the system features all new control levers that will look great at the helm of a motor yacht or commercial vessel. In addition, the focus has been on reducing complexity. and increasing the robustness and redundancy of the system and its components. TotalCommand is truly the best of both worlds: aesthetics meet the exacting standards of the world’s most luxurious yachts, combined with robustness, safety and the redundancy you would expect in a commercial application. We believe this combination will be very convincing to customers, so we are delighted to show them the new system and all it has to offer. “

For manufacturers and designers, ZF has implemented a plug-and-play architecture. With fewer harnesses and the option of a transmission mounted processor, installation time is dramatically reduced. TotalCommand is scalable by being Wi-Fi ready, allowing electronic manuals, diagnostic and maintenance data to be obtained via a smartphone. As is standard for ZF marine technology, the system is rigorously tested to the highest industry standards and developed under the rules of classification societies such as AMSA, Maritime NZ, ABS, DNV, Lloyds, USCG, ABYC and more.

ZF 400 transmission family: flexibility for all propulsion configurations
The ZF Marine range of transmissions for recreational boat applications includes a wide variety of transmissions for engine powers up to 1,500 hp for all installation configurations – vertical offset, downward angle, coaxial and V drive With the latest SuperShift 2 technology and an optional proportional control valve, the ZF 400 transmission series is our first family of “smart transmissions” for pleasure craft and yachts up to 1000 hp. The transmission series features a lightweight and sturdy aluminum alloy housing, precision case-hardened and ground gear teeth for long life and smooth operation, an output shaft thrust bearing designed to support maximum propeller thrust, as well as the ability to integrate other intelligent alert functions for predictive programming. maintenance.

Industry’s first two-speed transmission for outboard motors
At FLIBS, ZF Marine will present its new two-speed transmission, an industry first, as part of the new V12 Verado outboard motor developed by Mercury Marine. After four years of partnership and collaboration, the new outboard motor was officially launched on February 11, 2021. Two-speed technology for marine applications is well known to ZF but had never been applied to outboard applications. This two-speed transmission delivers maximum torque and acceleration in first gear, then quietly shifts into second gear for cruising efficiency and thrilling top speed; the lag is almost undetectable.

ZF Marine, world market leader in the design and development of complete propulsion systems for all ship models
ZF is recognized as an exceptional and reliable partner for both marine propulsion components and complete systems for all types of vessels. ZF Marine supplies transmissions (inverters, non-inverters and hybrids), propellers, thrusters, steering systems and electronic control systems for a full range of applications (outboard, yacht, sailing, sport fishing and watercraft related, among others), with a power range of 10 to 12,000 kilowatts in commercial and fast craft as well as in pleasure craft and yachts. ZF Marine is located at booth 1078, outside the engines tent at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 27-31, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

About ZF
ZF is a global technology company providing systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. ZF enables vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technological areas of vehicle movement control, integrated safety, automated driving and electric mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established car manufacturers and new transport service providers. and emerging mobility. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and improving mobility safety.

In the 2020 financial year, ZF achieved sales of 32.6 billion euros. The company employs more than 150,000 people at approximately 270 sites in 42 countries.

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