ZF Friedrichshafen AG

ZF is a global technology company and supplies systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. With its comprehensive technology portfolio, the company offers integrated solutions for established vehicle manufacturers, mobility providers and start-up companies in the fields of transportation and mobility. ZF continually enhances its systems in the areas of digital connectivity and automation in order to allow vehicles to see, think and act. In 2019, ZF achieved sales of €36.5 billion. The company has a global workforce of 148,000 with approximately 240 locations in 41 countries. ZF invested seven percent of its sales in research and development.

ZF is recognized by its customers as an outstanding and reliable partner for marine propulsion components, complete systems for all type of vessels as well as industrial gearboxes.

Customers include shipyards, ship owners, operators of workboats or commercial vessels, heavy equipment manufacturers as well as engine manufacturers worldwide.

The wide product range, combined with a high level of engineering expertise, decades of experience, the highest production quality and global services for the offshore industry includes:

Azimuth Thrusters (360° steerable thrusters)

  • Well-, Deck- and Stern mounted
  • Retractable
  • Contra Rotation
  • Shallow Draught

Transverse Thrusters

  • Tunnel Thrusters with fixed or controllable pitch propeller

Thruster Control Systems

The user friendly ZF ThrusterCommand is designed to control a single azimuth thruster, providing follow-up steering and propulsion control, as well as independent

backup- and emergency stop functionality. The units can be supplied with electric-, diesel- or hydraulic drive systems.

Condition Monitoring System

ZF Condition Monitoring System for Thrusters demonstrates how integrated sensors and advanced data analysis tools can further improve efficiency, reliability and safety on board. Maximize vessel operation time and lower operating costs by prevented / shortened down-time as well as condition based service will lead to an extended lifetime of the monitored systems.

Marine transmissions

  • Reversing and non-reversing
  • Hybrid transmissions
  • Sail drive

Control Systems for transmission

Control systems are designed to smoothly interface with most engine options and the complete transmissions range, either for professional or very heavy commercial applications. From the most basic marine application to large offshore supply vessels with highly sophisticated dynamic positioning equipment – ZF provide the suitable propulsion control system.

Planetary transmissions

Next to propulsion systems and components, ZF is able to offer a complete range of planetary transmissions and always perfectly matched to the intended purpose.

The swing-, winch and jack-up gearboxes for offshore and marine applications are specially designed for use in the most challenging environments and are suitable for numerous installation situations.

The product portfolio is continuously enhanced and adapted to the market conditions. Security, a long product lifecycle, comfort as well as the customers interest are our first priority.