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NORD Drivesystems supports post and parcel distribution centers with modular products adaptable to individual application specifications. Their high-efficiency products increase the energy efficiency of conveyor systems, effectively lowering carbon dioxide emissions and the total cost of ownership (TCO).

NORD’s IE5+ product portfolio delivers a complete drive solution with one of the highest operational efficiencies on the market. The line is comprised of the DuoDrive integrated gear motor, IE5+ permanent magnet synchronous motors, and NORDAC ON/ON+ variable frequency drives (VFDs). DuoDrive is an innovative solution that combines a single-stage helical gear unit with an IE5+ synchronous motor in one compact housing. Thanks to its optimized system efficiency, high power density and quiet operation, it is especially suitable for intralogistics applications. The drive also features plug-and-play capabilities, allowing for fast commissioning and easy maintenance.

IE5+ permanent magnet synchronous motors are part of NORD’s new generation of high-efficiency motors. The motors are manufactured in house for quick delivery times and feature a non-ventilated version (TENV) for wash-down applications as well as a ventilated version (TEFC) for intralogistics. These motors have been designed for reducing variants and minimizing operating costs due to their consistent efficiency over a wide speed range, even at partial load and low speed ranges. With two case sizes to choose from, a power range from 0.5 hp to 5.0 hp, and continuous torque from 14 lb-inch to 130 lb-inch, these motors combine the benefits of NORD’s modular system with highly configurable solutions fitted to customer specifications.

NORDAC ON/ON+ VFDs were developed for the special requirements of horizontal conveyor technology with the NORDAC ON made for IE3 motors and the NORDAC ON+ built for combination with IE5+ motors. These VFDs are characterized by an integrated multi-protocol Ethernet interface configurable for each drive parameter, enabling dynamic control and synchronization of conveyor systems. The drives also offer a full plug-and-play solution for industrial internet of things (IIoT) environments and thanks to their compact design, can easily be motor or wall mounted where space is limited.

NORDBLOC.1 two-stage helical bevel gear units provide optimized performance for post and parcel conveyor systems. Their high-efficiency, low maintenance and high-power density ensure systems operate reliably as well as efficiently. High-strength aluminum alloy housings help maintain a low weight while an open housing design improves heat dissipation for applications with high axial and radial loads. Flexible installation options including various input and output options, solid and hollow shafts, and versatile mounting make the drives highly adaptable to a wide range of applications and environments.

NORDAC FLEX VFDs are NORD’s most flexible VFDs with fully scalable functionality and optional modules adaptable to specific application requirements. Their efficient operation and versatility results in a greater return on investment (ROI) and lower TCO. Full PLC functionality and POSICON integrated positioning mode ensure conveyors move at the correct speeds with precise control. Multiple functional safety options are additionally available to protect users in distribution centers, parcels and the systems themselves.

The LogiDrive solution from NORD is a compete drive solution that reduces planning and commissioning efforts though a cost-effective, standardized design. Advanced and basic versions are available to choose from with advanced options including IE5+ synchronous motors, a decentralized frequency drive, and either a two-stage helical bevel gear unit or DuoDrive. Basic versions include an IE3 motor with a motor mounted VFD and flexible gear unit selection from the modular product line. While LogiDrive advanced solutions focus on energy efficiency, variant reduction, and lower TCO, the basic LogiDrive solutions focus on cost efficiency.

Condition monitoring for predictive maintenance replaces time-based maintenance with a status-based maintenance approach to proactively maintain machines and avoid unplanned downtimes. With this system solution, drive and status data are recorded continuously or periodically to use for analysis and optimize operational safety and efficiency of systems. This status-based approach prolongs the service life of components and machines, increases system availability, and reduces service and material cost. Condition Monitoring can even determine the optimal time to change oil, ensuring drives are always operating at their highest capacity.

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