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NORD Provides Automation for Airport and Baggage Handling Systems

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Sep 29,2022


When it comes to airport technology and baggage handling systems, efficiency, reliability, and intelligent automation is critical. NORD DRIVESYSTEMS meets these demands with solutions engineered with high flexibility, modular functionality, and convenient operation to effectively power systems and maintain availability. Their new IE5+ product portfolio delivers some of the highest efficiencies on the market for a cost effective, IIoT solution.

The complete LogiDrive system provides a standardized, energy-efficient, and service-friendly solution tailored specifically for intralogistics and airport technology. LogiDrive incorporates IE4 and IE5+ synchronous motors to effectively minimize overall costs during service life, achieve considerably greater efficiency even at partial loads and low speeds, and provide a fast return on investment (ROI). The modular system reduces spare parts inventory and provides a service friendly solution through plug-and-play technology – enabling replacement of individual components to maintain high system availability.

Two-stage helical bevel gear units feature a robust, modular design. They deliver efficient operation with a large speed range and high functionality for the dynamic environments of baggage handling systems. An open housing design made from high-strength aluminum alloy provides high axial and radial load capabilities while effectively dissipating heat and maintaining quiet operation. These gear units offer performance of 0.16 – 12.5 hp and are available with foot, flange, or face mounting options for high versatility. NORDBLOC.1 inline gear units feature a robust, UNICASE housing for increased stability, long service life, and low maintenance. They offer 13 case sizes to choose from as well as performance of 0.16 to 60 hp.

These drives are well suited for baggage handling systems as they offer high axial and radial load capacities, a large speed range, and quiet operation.

NORD’s new IE5+ synchronous motors deliver a new era of energy efficiency in a compact, cost-effective design. The ventilated housing provides high overload capacity and optimized heat dissipation ideal for intralogistics and baggage handling systems. They deliver a performance of 0.5 – 5 hp, feature an integrated encoder and can optionally be equipped with an integrated mechanical brake. These motors are compatible with the NORD modular system and intended for use with VFD’s to achieve high efficiency over a wide torque range and ensure dynamic material flow in applications such a vertical sorting, pushers and indexers, and belt conveyors.

DuoDrive integrated gear units are a brand-new design from NORD that combines a high-efficiency IE5+ motor with a single-stage helical gear unit in one, compact housing. These units have a power range from 0.5 to 4 hp and reduce system variants through constant motor torque over a wide speed range. This solution also results in reduced Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) and fast Return on Investment (ROI). With its simple plug-and-play commissioning, extremely high gear efficiency of up to 92 percent, high power density, and quiet operation, these drives are an ideal choice at check-in counters as well as various baggage handling systems.

Variable frequency drives play an important role in automating baggage handling systems – from enabling precise positioning to ensuring operation at the correct speed. The NORDAC family of decentralized VFD’s are designed for quick installation and servicing due to their modular design and Plug-&-Play capabilities.

The NORDAC FLEX is NORD’s most flexible VFD due to their fully scalable functions and easy parameter transfer vie EEPROM memory. These units also feature multiple integrated safety functions including STO, SS1, SLS, and PROFIsafe. NORDAC ON/ON+ variable frequency drives feature an integrated multi-protocol Industrial Ethernet interface that allows for easy incorporation into automation systems, full PLC functionality for drive-related functions, and can operate both asynchronous (NORDAC ON) and synchronous motors (NORDAC ON+).

NORD’s cabinet and decentralized drive solutions include NORDAC LINK and NORDAC PRO SK 500P variable frequency drives. NORDAC LINK VFD’s are used as part of the complete LogiDrive solution and feature high precision regulation, large overload capabilities, and an energy saving function for partial load ranges that is ideal for use with conveyor systems. NORDAC PRO SK 500P VFD’s provide great versatility with five case sizes suitable for a wide range of applications. Easy operation is achieved through an intelligent multi-protocol Industrial Ethernet interface, optional Bluetooth interface, and a convenient USB interface that can access parametrization even if power is disconnected from the drive. Additionally, NORDAC PRO’s full PLC functionality and POSICON integrated position mode efficiently automate baggage handling systems with precise positioning and synchronous operation.

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