Recycling of components, or ‘remanufacturing’ as ZF refers to it, is at the core of the German technology company’s commitment to take responsibility for the entire lifecycle of its products. By remanufacturing a well-used transmission, or its components, and rebuilding them to as-new condition, the global automotive supplier is allowing both the truck manufacturer and the end user to make a contribution towards the environment through the recycling of materials. At the Brisbane Truck Show this coming May, ZF Services Australia’s expert representatives will be on hand to discuss the benefits of remanufacturing for both customers and the environment.
The Benefits of Remanufacturing
These ‘reborn’ components are an increasingly desirable alternative to new parts because of their widespread availability and an attractive environmental benefit/cost ratio.
The remanufacturing of a used transmission, axle or clutch uses between 50 and 90 percent less material than the manufacturing of a new unit, while in the process reduces energy consumption and CO2 emissions by up to 90 percent.
“Raw materials are becoming increasingly expensive and harder to come by. For some materials, experts are already forecasting that in just a few decades the prices will increase dramatically due to lack of resources. That’s why remanufacturing is playing an increasingly important role,” explains Jörg Witthöft, Location Manager at ZF Bielefeld [Germany].
According to estimates by the U.S. research institute Global Industry Analysis (GIA), the global remanufacturing market in the automotive industry will grow to about US$140 billion by 2020.
Irrespective of the component, ZF’s professional remanufacturing is performed according to the very latest production standards, using the same materials, production processes and testing that are used to produce new units.
The key advantages of remanufacturing for vehicle owners and truck manufacturers are that remanufactured products are less expensive, the waiting time for spare parts is reduced and, best of all, they lower one’s personal CO2 footprint.
ZF’s Remanufacturing Quality Control Process
ZF began remanufacturing transmissions and components in 1962 and since then has refined the process to several key quality control steps which are executed by experienced, specialised personnel to ensure ZF’s quality guarantee.
- External Cleaning: The process of remanufacturing begins with a thorough cleaning of the outer surfaces.
- Inspections: During the disassembly, all parts are inspected, and faulty parts or worn parts are identified and replaced.
- Internal Cleaning: Before completion, the individual parts are thoroughly cleaned using a state-of-the art washing process.
- Assembly: The assembly is performed to ZF’s strict specifications.
- Functional Test: The final functional test takes place on the test bench.
The remanufactured product is then available for sale to ZF customers and service partners – with the same high quality as the original equipment and delivering the same high standards of safety, reliability and driving dynamics that are synonymous with ZF products.
Today, ZF remanufactures components at its Blacktown (NSW) facility. To learn more about ZF’s remanufacturing offerings visit the ZF Services Australia team at stand number 074 in the Foyer at the Brisbane Truck Show.