Friedrichshafen, Germany
Friedrichshafen, Germany

ZF Friedrichshafen AG, also known as ZF Group, and commonly abbreviated to ZF , is a German car parts maker headquartered in Friedrichshafen, in the south-west German region of Baden-Württemberg.Specialising in engineering, it is primarily known for its design, research and development, and manufacturing activities in the automotive industry. It is a worldwide supplier of driveline and chassis technology for cars and commercial vehicles, along with specialist plant equipment such as construction equipment. It is also involved in rail, marine, defence and aviation industries, as well as general industrial applications. ZF has 121 production locations in 27 countries with approximately 71,500 employees. Wikipedia.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: GV-4-2014 | Award Amount: 28.42M | Year: 2015

The ECOCHAMPS project addresses topic GV-4-2014, Hybrid Light and Heavy Duty Vehicles. The work will, in a single coordinated project, address all aspects of this topic and will be conducted by 26 partners representing the European automotive industry (OEMs (EUCAR), suppliers (CLEPA), ESPs and universities (EARPA)) including members of ERTRAC and EGVIA. The objective is to achieve efficient, compact, low weight, robust and cost effective hybrid powertrains for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles (buses, medium and heavy duty trucks) with increased functionality, improved performance, comfort, safety and emissions below Euro 6 or VI, all proven under real driving conditions. The five demonstrator vehicles, for this purpose developed to TRL 7, that use the hybrid powertrains will among other give a direct cost versus performance comparison at two system voltage levels in the light duty vehicles, and include the modular and standardized framework components in the heavy duty vehicles. Achieving these innovations affordably will strengthen technical leadership in powertrains, enable a leading position in hybrid technology and increases the competitiveness of European OEMs. The vehicles will be ready for market introduction between 2020 and 2022 and (price) competitive to the best in-class (full hybrid) vehicles on the market in 2013. More importantly, the technology devised will impact on the reduction of CO2 emissions and the improvement of air quality. The project proposes to reach a 20% powertrain efficiency improvement and a 20% powertrain weight and volume reduction, with a 10% cost premium on the base model for the demonstrator. To meet air quality targets the project will prove, via independently supervised testing, real driving emissions at least below Euro 6 or VI limits and by simulation show the potential of the passenger car technologies to reach Super Low Emission Vehicle standards.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-01-2016 | Award Amount: 8.59M | Year: 2016

The Bonseyes project aims to develop a platform consisting of a Data Marketplace, Deep Learning Toolbox, and Developer Reference Platforms for organizations wanting to adopt Artificial Intelligence in low power IoT devices (edge computing), embedded computing systems, or data center servers (cloud computing). It will bring about orders of magnitude improvements in efficiency, performance, reliability, security, and productivity in the design and programming of Systems of Artificial Intelligence that incorporate Smart Cyber Physical Systems while solving a chicken-egg problem for organizations who lack access to Data and Models. Its open software architecture will facilitate adoption of the whole concept on a wider scale. It aims to address one of the most significant trends in the Internet of Things which is the shifting balance between edge computing and cloud computing. The early days of the IoT have been characterized by the critical role of cloud platforms as application enablers. Intelligent systems have largely relied on the cloud level for their intelligence, and the actual devices of which they consist have been relatively unsophisticated. This old premise is currently being shaken up, as the computing capabilities on the edge level advance faster than those of the cloud level. This paradigm shiftfrom the connected device paradigm to the intelligent device paradigm opens up numerous opportunities. To evaluate the effectiveness, technical feasibility, and to quantify the real-world improvements in efficiency, security, performance, effort and cost of adding AI to products and services using the Bonseyes platform, four complementary demonstrators will be built: Automotive Intelligent Safety, Automotive Cognitive Computing, Consumer Emotional Virtual Agent, and Healthcare Patient Monitoring. Bonseyes platform capabilities are aimed at being aligned with the European FI-PPP activities and take advantage of its flagship project FIWARE.


Patent
ZF Friedrichshafen AG | Date: 2016-06-30

A drag torque reduction device for an automatic transmission includes a hydraulic controller with a radiator. In one embodiment, the drag torque reduction device also includes a parallel connection of a pressure relief valve, a constant aperture and a temperature-dependent, switchable aperture positioned upstream of the radiator. In another embodiment, the drag torque reduction device includes an overflow cooling oil diversion with a temperature-dependent, switchable aperture and a pressure relief valve that is positioned upstream of the radiator.


The protective housing can cover at least one component on the circuit board; the interior of the cover has several protrusions that are built, so that at least one part is displaced by raising the protective housing on at least one component, so that it is in contact with the exterior contour of the component and fastens it. Moreover, a circuit board is provided with at least one protective housing.


Patent
ZF Friedrichshafen AG | Date: 2016-06-17

A hydraulic control device for an automatic transmission for a motor vehicle includes a shiftable throttle valve allocated to one or more shift elements of a plurality of hydraulically actuated shift elements. The shiftable throttle valve hydraulically connects a respective pressure-adjusting device of the one or more shift elements to a respective clutch cylinder of the one or more shift elements. The shiftable throttle valve is shiftable into at least a first shift position and a second shift position. A hydraulic resistance between a hydraulic transmission controller and the one or more shift elements of the plurality of hydraulically actuated shift elements is larger in the second shift position relative to the first shift position.


Patent
ZF Friedrichshafen AG | Date: 2016-06-17

A hydraulic system for an automatic transmission a valve slide longitudinally adjustable in a valve housing between a first axial position and a second axial position such that a plurality of valve seat pockets are selectively brought into operative connection with each other. A control surface of the valve slide, first and second additional control surface of the valve slide and a spring of a parking brake valve are matched to one another such that the total actuating force applied to the slide valve displaces the slide valve to the first axial position when an actuating pressure of the parking brake unit, a pressure signal at the control surface of the valve slide and an additional pressure signal at the second additional control surface of the valve slide are applied.


Patent
ZF Friedrichshafen AG | Date: 2016-05-18

A voltage protection for printed circuit boards is provided, which is slotted on one end, such that it has printed circuit board strips, a mount, which is configured to at least partially receive the printed circuit board, and a voltage protection cover, which is configured to be connected to the mount and the printed circuit board, such that a chamber system is formed, in which each printed circuit board strip is disposed inside a chamber, which is formed by the connection between the mount and the voltage protection cover.


A method of producing a chassis module (1) with a structural component (3) having a through-going aperture (5) into which a ball joint housing (7) is inserted. An outer periphery of the ball joint housing (7) is connected all round to an edge section (9) of the aperture (5) by a first material-cohesive joining (11) without a filler. In order to stabilize the ball joint housing (7) in the aperture (5), the ball joint housing (7) is additionally connected all round to an inner wall section (13) of the aperture (5) at a location spaced away from the edge section (9), by a second material-cohesive joining (15) without a filler. The chassis module (1) is produced by the method, and the chassis module is in the form of a flanged connector (1) or a multi-point link.


Patent
ZF Friedrichshafen AG | Date: 2016-02-26

A coupling device (K) has a first positive-locking clutch (K0), a second positive-locking clutch (K1), an axially fixed first shaft (W1), an axially fixed second shaft (W2), a connecting shaft (WV) and an actuator (AK). The first shaft (W1), the second shaft (W2) and the connecting shaft (WV) are arranged coaxially to each other. By closing the first clutch (K0), a torque-proof connection between the first shaft (W1) and the connecting shaft (WV) is established, and by closing the second clutch (K1), a torque-proof connection between the connecting shaft (WV) and the second shaft (W2) is established. The actuator through axial displacement of the connecting shaft (WV), shifts both the first clutch (K0) and the second clutch (K1) between an engaged state and a disengaged state, such that the connecting shaft (WV) is movable to a multitude of axial positions to achieve different engaged states of the clutches.


A device for a drive train of a hybrid vehicle having a planetary gear set which comprises a carrier element, a sun gear element, and a ring gear element. A first element connects to a first input shaft of a first subtransmission of a transmission, and a second element connects to an electric machine of a hybrid drive. A first shift element which couples, in a first shift position, a third of the elements to a second input shaft of a second subtransmission of the transmission, to which an internal combustion engine can be coupled, and, in a second shift position, can be coupled to another element of the planetary gear set, and having a second shift element which couples the input shafts of both subtransmissions when engaged and separates the input shafts of both subtransmissions when disengaged.

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