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Since 1935, ZF-Marine has offered some of the most capable marine drives in the industry. As models have evolved from the original lightweight versions to today’s full portfolio of transmissions, accessories and options that include – electric and mechanical shifting, trolling valves, auto-troll , two-speed arrangements for inboard and outboard propulsion, 105-S FNR transmissions for ZEUS Pods surveillance kits, mounts, coolers, torsion couplings, Power Take-Off (PTO) and Power Take-In (PTI) technology – the product quality and customer support remain unchanged. Today, operators can turn to ZF’s transmission experts for new build projects, repowers, consultations and repairs of commercial and recreational inboard boats.
“ZF has been manufacturing world-class marine drives for so long and has developed such a strong reputation for quality that customers turn to us again and again for their vessel propulsion needs,” said Keith Stanley, Senior Manager, Pleasure Craft. , for ZF. Industrial Technology Division – North and Central America. “During my tenure with the company, I have seen vessels run with ZF transmissions for over 30,000 hours without issue.”
Although ZF products are highly rated and reliable, the reality of the marine gear market is that there are several major brands that offer products of similar price, form, fit and function. Savvy customers know this, but still choose ZF.
“The products are reliable and proven, but our service and product portfolio are two other key factors that help us stand out,” Stanley said.
Two of these factors include the company’s global service network and +1-833-ZFWRENCH service direct line which allows customers to call any time of day or night to ask questions about their transmissions, repowering projects, for consultations and troubleshooting, and to secure spare parts. Another is the transmissions team, which includes lead engineer David Friedenberg – whom Stanley affectionately calls “the godfather of application engineering”.
“David is brilliant and an invaluable asset to our clients,” said Stanley. “The collective team, including sales and engineering, go above and beyond to understand and explore customer applications to ensure they get the exact model they need and to resolve any issues. Our relationships with customers are a priority.
Another way ZF sets itself apart from the competition is through innovation. ZF recently partnered with Mercury Marine to develop the world’s first 2-speed transmission with automatic shifting for the 600hp Verado outboard. The technology is revolutionary and the market is now changing before our eyes. Additionally, commercially available hybrid-capable transmission models are available, including the ZF 3000, 5000, 9000, 11,000, 24,000, and 40,000 series with more to come. Among other benefits, the installation of hybrid transmissions allows vessels to operate with reduced emissions.
The company is also working on an advanced line of “smart” transmissions that will provide predictive maintenance capabilities, as well as remote monitoring.
“If a customer has a SIREN Marine monitoring system on board, they can actually interface with a ZF transmission today,” Stanley said. “The Siren system is simple to install and offers a specific ZF software tile that allows operators to immediately perform remote monitoring, assuming transmission pressures and temperatures are broadcast over the network. There are some other really cool things in the pipeline, and we can’t wait to share them with our customers.
Whether a customer operates an inboard commercial vessel or a pleasure craft, the ZF team is committed to ensuring that the correct transmission is purchased and that installation and any future support needed is easy.
“We’ve been doing this for nearly 90 years. We have incredible experience in designing and building boats. Inherent in ZF’s DNA, we are extremely process-oriented, which is one of our core strengths, but we also embrace innovative technologies,” said Stanley. “A shipowner simply cannot go wrong with a ZF transmission.”
This post is sponsored by ZF-Marine.
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