Drive technology
conceived anew

Innovative spirit, experience, expertise - unified we master every challenge

Expertise that convinces

Our decades of experience give us the potential to develop and produce high-quality drive concepts, ranging from standard to special gear units. Depending on the area of application and customer requirements, our gear unit solutions meet the highest performance, commercial and production requirements. Efficiency and economy are always the focus of our work.



From the idea to the finished gear unit – we use our expert know-how in every step of the process. We are right in our element, especially when it comes to challenges relating to drive technology.

We analyse the requirements for the drive solution you want together with you, or create precise specifications in the same manner. You can rely on the cumulative know-how of our highly qualified team. Are you confronting a specific challenge? Then, we're ready for it as well!

Development and design

Developments in the market bring increased demands for short development times and increased product quality. In light of this, the optimal use of resources is becoming increasingly important combined with the high qualifications of our engineers. Crucial for a quick and robust development and design process are the principles applied to it and the tools used.

The basis for our designs work is formed by the Unigraphics NX8 3D CAD system in conjunction with the Teamcenter PDM system. Complex components such as housings are evaluated using the FE method. ZAE has numerous analytical calculation programs at its disposal for the design and recalculation of toothed wheels and other components.

Test Methods

Quality plays a central role throughout the entire value creation process at ZAE. Bespoke testing technology allows us to constantly compare theory with practice and provides certainty for both the producer and user.

During the development phases, we use our own test benches and measuring techniques, for example when testing prototypes. This allows both components and end products to be tested for transfer behaviour and performance. Whether as standard or special solution – each ZAE gear unit is meticulously tested for quality.


Our production processes are fast, flexible and high level. Technical qualifications, broad processing experience and a comprehensive, technical understanding are the pillars of our workforce expertise.

Our customers benefit from a high degree of vertical integration. We perform all the processing steps in-house except for hardening the gearing parts and casting the housing parts. This allows for short reaction times. We also produce or deliver replacement parts at short notice. This ensures that our customers avoid any production losses. We guarantee optimal throughput and smooth production by controlling all manufacturing processes with an integrated order management system.

Our service concept

Reliable assembly is key to the smooth operation of a gear unit. Our service team is there to help you actively in this respect. We also adapt the drive components to your application if you wish. Our services:

  • Testing the installation (drive and output components)
  • Troubleshooting and fault analyses
  • Monitoring the operating parameters
  • Composition of commissioning process documentation
  • Training in operation, maintenance, servicing

Technical expertise in every phase of the process

The higher the requirements, the more in-depth know-how and process quality count. We accompany you from the initial conception stage, through construction and manufacturing, right up to assembly. So that your gear unit solution matches your needs perfectly.

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At home in many industries

We know from experience: Specialist knowledge is indispensable in many areas of application so as to ensure that performance, operational safety and cost-effectiveness are optimally reflected. Benefit from the success of our reference projects.

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100 years of high-quality drive solutions

A common culture, eventful history and myriad innovations over time weld us together as a team and allow us to deliver top performance. Get to know us and what drives us better.

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So what can we do for you? 

Do you have any questions or suggestions, or do you need expert advice about our products? We are more than happy to help you further. 

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