• Value for autonomy, vehicle connectivity and global supply chain management
  • Cloud-based infrastructure and collaboration to improve the speed and efficiency of all businesses
  • Digital Manufacturing Platform Release for All ZF Factories
  • ZF has invested billions of euros in digitalization in the coming years

Redmond, laundry and Frederick Schaffen, Germany, November 16, 2021 (CNW) – ZF is expanding its strategic partnership with Microsoft into the next phase of digitalization. The mobile technology company Microsoft will create ZF Cloud, a comprehensive data and integration platform to digitalize all of ZF’s industrial and operational production and business processes on Microsoft’s cloud platform. The new capabilities include the use of ZF technologies to automate the huge amount of data generated by vehicles, to automate ZF components and enable completely new vehicle functions. Using its comprehensive cloud, artificial intelligence, Internet, and information technologies, Microsoft is a provider of cloud-based mobile services that provide clean, secure, convenient, and scalable solutions to its customers. In the coming years, ZF is investing billions of euros in digital transformation for the company, in partnership with Microsoft.

“The information provided by ZF products and our business processes will be integrated into a comprehensive cloud architecture across all environments. This will significantly improve our efficiency and speed. “We have a good partner who can make a big difference,” said ZF’s chief executive. Wolf-Henning Sheider. “Digital transformation will transform the transportation industry to enable service providers to create employees, increase productivity and deliver faster customer solutions,” he said. Judson Althoff, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Microsoft. “By partnering with Microsoft, ZDF will help its employees shape the future of their operations by leveraging its digital capabilities and accelerating innovation and streamlining business operations in the digital work environment using Microsoft Cloud and AI solutions.”

Cloud functions will benefit from all the strategic areas of technology in which ZF operates. “The new ZF Cloud will enable our fully digital and integrated sales and operational planning process from end to end,” said Dr. René Des, Chief Digital Officer (CDO) at ZF Digital Transformation. The integrated information platform combines specific customer demand with long-term demand forecasting, which allows ZF to estimate internal and external capacity based on new market developments. In addition, digitally connecting the ZF supply chain to ZF Cloud provides seamless end-to-end supply chain visibility and material monitoring. Full visibility provides fast response to challenging market developments to reduce or eliminate supply chain disruptions and ensure timely delivery of customers.

Transforming data perceptions into passenger-based automated driving practices and energy-efficient transportation
Microsoft’s cloud, data and machine learning capabilities enable ZF to improve the communication between ZF-cloud-connected ZF components and create new products or business models using artificial intelligence (AI). For example, for automatic and auto-rotation, ZF Cloud allows for continuous data flow between the ZF shutters and their surroundings. ZF shows a number of usage issues that add value to ZF customers and people connected to ZF carriers. Think of mobile applications as the direct access point for transportation service, real-time road planning to avoid overcrowding and save time and energy. Combining data from infrastructure partners and smart city service providers will help make automobiles more accessible to more people and address the last-minute transportation needs.

In addition, ZFF provides a comprehensive portfolio to assist in measuring, reducing and reporting carbon emissions, and to monitor energy-efficient transportation for automated buses, pickup ships or road and rail conditions. Building on Azure Cloud and AI services, ZDF provides solutions for public sector organizations to reduce operating costs and improve security and customer satisfaction with new value-added digital technologies.

Simplification of engineering practices
Digital production and development platforms in ZF’s research and development activities can enable seamless data transfer through ZF Cloud. Working with Microsoft, ZF is leveraging Azure cloud services and developer tools as well as Microsoft’s fast software development experience. Microsoft Development and Operations Devices can further enhance its multidisciplinary collaboration in automation, testing, monitoring, and continuous delivery using ZDF.

Azure also helps navigate world-class ships for simulations connected to the altitude sensor in the chassis. This new ZF solution can continuously send road status information to the cloud and use an advanced algorithm to protect the driver and other road users.

Increase transparency and monitoring in operations and supply chains
“A standardized information platform can be an important tool in repairing ZF wind turbine gearboxes,” emphasized Dr. Jurgen Stur, ZF’s Chief Information Officer (CIO). “It allows for the gradual integration and transformation of all internal systems to implement globally consistent business processes.” ZF components send information to the cloud, generating automatic notifications at the end of the next repair period. In operations, the new platform will help increase performance and product transparency from private machines to the entire factory. It can also better map the production process, as well as the product or quality analysis and forecasting. Based on ongoing collaboration with Microsoft and PC Germany, ZDF will draw on valuable experience. The three companies are transforming processes and processes using Microsoft’s roaming infrastructure, data and IOT services to build the ZF Digital Manufacturing Platform (DMP), making production more flexible and efficient. The project will reduce ZF conversion costs, improve storage, performance and quality. After the successful completion of the DMP pilot project at the Depotz Factory Northern Germany, ZF plans to launch the platform in all 200 ZF manufacturing facilities around the world.

Enabling sustainable learning and development through digital skills initiative and digital work environment
ZF’s new cloud strategy involves cultural change within the company. ZF launches comprehensive staff training initiative for further education. The goal is for all ZF teams to open up the new information platform and expand their skills to accelerate product development and make production and management processes more efficient and effective. In addition, ZF staff are being empowered by digital hybrid workplace and skill initiatives. ZFF will upgrade its business, leading the mobile industry and accelerating customer-centric innovation by equipping nearly 110,000 frontline and office staff with Microsoft 365 and Microsoft teams. In response to the Cowid-19 epidemic, ZF staff used productive and secure ZF work environments, including cloud-based Microsoft devices, to work productively and safely from home or when needed.

Microsoft teams allow employees from all over the world to upload information instantly and collaborate quickly and efficiently. ZDF also allows Microsoft staff to publish new applications that automatically automate and analyze data in groups with Microsoft Power Platform low-key development tools to benefit teams from Microsoft Data. Citizen developers have used teams and Microsoft Power Platform to solve business problems faster, save time and reduce costs.

About ZF
ZFF is a global technology company providing passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technologies for the next generation. ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. Provides comprehensive production and software solutions to four-dimensional vehicle traffic control, integrated safety, automated driving and electric mobility, to established vehicle manufacturers and new transportation and mobility service providers. ZF electrically distributes different types of vehicles. Through its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and increasing safety.

The company employs more than 150,000 affiliates in approximately 270 locations in 42 countries. A.D. By 2020, ZF would have sold. 32.6 billion.

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