#ZFonAir – Dr Dirk Walliser on R&D at ZF

#ZFonAir – Dr Dirk Walliser on R&D at ZF


Welcome to #ZFonAir
from Frankfurt.
This is where the IAA is
currently taking place,
and where manufacturers present their
latest vehicles and innovations.
All this is the result of the research and
development departments of these companies.
Now we want to learn a little more
about research and development at ZF,
and so we talk to Dr. Dirk
Walliser about it. Hello.
Nice to meet you.
What exactly are you responsible for at ZF?
If you want me to say it in one sentence,
we orchestrate technology
and innovation at ZF
together with the divisions
and development departments.
Let’s talk a little more
about it in our zeppelin.
Thank you.
See you in a minute.
Dr. Walliser, the
automotive industry
is currently undergoing
a serious upheaval.
On the one hand, many
fundamentally new technologies
have to be developed,
but on the other hand,
classic technologies also must be
continuously developed and improved.
How does ZF deal with
this double-edged sword?
I would call it
“evolutionary disruption”.
We already have an incredibly
good technology base on board
and if we use the
e-axles as an example,
or if we look at electric
drives at the moment –
a two-stage gearbox in an electric motor
is currently being shown at the IAA –
then you will see
that electric drives
can actually be operated much more
efficiently with measuring pumps,
and it is precisely this know-how that
sets us apart from the competition.
This means that these
existing technologies –
in this case transmission technology
but also materials research –
obviously help us to address
the disruptive issues.
Another example where
I go a little further
is the ProAI family.
We are electronics engineers
by profession, after all.
After the merger with TRW,
we also became an electronics group and
can now draw on the full potential.
On the one hand is evolution;
on the other is disruption
and the third component
is partnership.
We have strong partners
who bring in fields of technology
that we ourselves cannot.
When I think of the GPUs –
the graphical processors –
NVIDIA is an ingenious partner who
has already developed all this
and now we can jointly design the
application for the industry
and do so at the frontline.
Great. Thank you very much,
Dr. Walliser, for these insights.
And now I would say, let’s enjoy
the view for a little bit.
Thank you.

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