Optimal protection for NORD drives

To protect its drive systems from corrosion, chemicals, wear, scratches, impacts and moisture, Nord Drivesystems offers a wide range of different methods for each application area – from environmentally friendly painting to long-life high-performance coatings and the innovative nsd tupH surface treatment.
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Nord universal motor available from 0.12 to 45kW power

Nord has introduced its new Universal Motor, with 20 models in the range extending from 0.12 to 45kW power.

The motor is certified to CE, UL, CSA, CCC, ISI and EAC and meets appropriate minimum efficiency levels to ensure suitability for markets that include Europe, US, Canada, Russia, China, India and others.

It is also certified to Bureau Veritas for marine and offshore applications. The 3-phase unit can be used with four standard voltage supplies noted on the motor nameplate: 380V 50Hz, 400V 50Hz, 415V 50Hz, and 460V 60Hz. Additionally, it can also be used at 440V 60Hz and 480V 60Hz.

Available in 4-pole configuration, the motors suit IEC frame sizes from 63 to 225, and are available in B3 foot, B5 flange or B14 face-mounting. The motor can also be directly mounted to Nord gearboxes providing a compact and more efficient drive solution.

As standard, the motor is protected to IP55 is Totally Enclosed Fan Cooled (TEFC) and Class F Insulation. Other options available for the universal motor include quick connectors, single or double protection canopies, space heater, spring applied brake and forced ventilation.

If required, the motor enclosures can also be provided in IP66 rating, which means they are dust tight and protected against heavy seas or powerful jets of water.

What COVID-19 has taught us so far

While COVID-19 continues to plague the globe, companies spend their time preparing for the future – the ‘new normal’.

It’s no secret that the acceleration process of Industry 4.0 has been rather slow to date but post-pandemic, the adoption rate is set to skyrocket in some of the most peculiar ways.

Adaption is key in times of uncertainty
Max Jarmatz, managing director for Nord Drivesystems ANZ believes that every crisis requires adaption under exceptional circumstances. “We’ve learned a lot from past disruptive events like the economic crisis in 2008, or the supply chain interruption after the Fukushima disaster. In the aftermath, we have decentralised our production, built up second source suppliers and increased our stock levels.

“Our highly automated production centres already rely heavily on robots and can be run even without the presence of human workers for some time. To cope with COVID-19 while meeting customer demand, we have now changed our supply chain from air to sea freight,” Jarmatz said.

Flexible, functional and digital manufacturing to fast-track ANZ
Jozef Ceh of SMC Corporation ANZ echoes Jarmatz’s sentiments saying that if anything, the pandemic has cast a spotlight onto manufacturing. It encourages us to re-evaluate our current systems and their abilities to adapt to rapid changes.

“At a time like this, we need to analyse our production lines to ensure that they are three things: flexible, functional and digital, moving forward”.

Ceh noted that flexibility has been challenged on a physical and functional level, with more emphasis on the functional software changes.  “Changing a production line to produce more units, multiple variations or a completely different product at a rapid speed has called for consideration of modular and scalable production lines.

“In terms of functionality, it is becoming more apparent that if each product, from the central processor right down to the sensor level, can possess more individual parameters it will that may be allow for a greater functional scope and reduced physical changes,” said Jozef.

“Digitally, having real time systems and a flow of data form the whole process provides a more complete picture which integrates with the CRM or ERP and leads to more accurate forecasting, production planning, use of resources and more efficient production in terms of cost of production, energy use, waste management and production capacity.”

Adopting a ‘lights-out’ approach
While FMCG manufacturers such as those producing ‘in-demand’ items like toilet paper, pasta, rice and hand sanitiser have already had to adapt their manufacturing and distribution processes, many of us are still to learn.

“Many industries can adopt a lights-out approach, especially those in the distribution of fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG). Fully automated warehouses have been utilised for many years and have proven themselves to be far more reliable and timelier than those using traditional manual pick-and-pack methods,” said Nick Psahoulias of Beckhoff Automation.

“By harnessing the power of live-data and automated picking machines, the process of getting goods out the door, safely and accurately, benefit both the consumer and the supplier.”

Jim Wallace of Balluff has seen various companies in the FMCG sector repurposing their production lines to cope with the demand. He says that the Industry 4.0 concept of flexible manufacturing plays a key role in aiding this rigorous process.  “The fewer components that need to by physically changed or adjusted, the faster the goal can be achieved”.

An independent approach to manufacturing
Another notable learning amid the pandemic is the need for shorter supply chains and local manufacturing. Multinationals still rely heavily on their international counterparts for assembly, manufacture and supply.

The Open IIoT panel believes that we will see a notable shift here in years to come based on the COVID-19 ‘shake up’.

Traceability and real time visualisation of the supply chain is critical at times like this to allow flexibility and fast reaction to demands. RFID systems, barcode information and software integration to ERP systems are critical to achieve this goal,” says Wallace. “In addition, traceability of employees is very important.  Who was working on which machine at what time, producing which batch of which product?”

More support is needed by local government
Psahoulias said that state and federal government should however further support local manufacturing.

“Our leaders should introduce incentives, subsidies, concessions and remove the costly red tape that is required to manufacture goods locally.”

To further curb the current crisis, Jarmatz said that Nord has once again looked to IIoT technologies to implement predictive maintenance algorithms. “Our drives can monitor the current status from anywhere in the world.”

Implement an Industry 4.0 Plan, right now
Richard Roberts of ZI-ARGUS says that seven steps can be applied to implement an Industry 4.0 strategy, sooner rather than later:

  1. Consult with Industry 4.0 experts to understand what Industry 4.0 can do for your people and your business.
  2. Identify areas in your processes and plant that can directly benefit from Industry 4.0 solution.
    1. Measure these areas to take a snapshot of the now, this will act as a KPI back into the business to measure successful implementation.
  3. Generate a scope of works to implement I4.0
    1. Break it down into phases, each successful phase leading onto the next.
    2. Earmark local subject matter specialists to liaise with I4.0 experts to assist in the transition.
  4. Engage Industry 4.0 Experts to implement these phases:
    1. Measure each phase upon completion comparing the changes from area previously identified.
  5. Educate local staff members on the tools used for the Industry 4.0 solution
  6. Continue to measure to ensure the solution is still making an impact on process/ production.
  7. Be open to simplicity for a solution and define budgets to accommodate. Consider an operation costing model to support on-going development and implementations rather than a traditional capital costing model.

 

As a collective, the team believes that COVID-19 will rapidly accelerate IIoT technologies and local manufacturing. Use this time to speak to your preferred automation consultants, upscale your production in your quiet times to reap the rewards post-pandemic.

Cost reduction through efficient energy-saving motors

Nord Drivesystems recently launched a synchronous motor which boasts a significantly
higher energy efficiency (IE5+). This motor can be supplied with or without a fan. It is also suitable for wash-down and intralogistics applications when incorporating a nsd tupH surface treatment.

According to managing director for Nord Drivesystems in Australia, Max Jarmatz, this latest generation permanent magnet synchronous motor has considerably lower energy losses than its predecessor, the IE4 series. “This unventilated smooth motor achieves a high efficiency which, at times, proves to be more efficient via a wide torque range,” says Jarmatz.

“It is optimally suitable for operation in a partial load range and the compact IE5+ motor offers a high-power density with less installation space required.”

Jarmatz noted that the IE5+ series will initially be launched in a size for power ranges from 0.25 to 1.1 kW, with a continuous torque from 1.6 to 4.8 Nm and speeds from 0 to 2,100 min-1. The motor can be directly mounted according to NEMA or IEC.

“We will gradually extend this motor concept to include additional sizes and powers based on demand and customer requirements,” he said.

A drive for hygienic requirements
The IE5+ is ideal for hygiene sensitive and harsh environments because it is easy to clean and wash down and is corrosion resistant. “A nsd tupH surface treatment and IP69K protection class is available as an option as well as an integrated mechanical brake”.

The nsd tupH surface treatment offered by Nord is an outstanding corrosion protection for gear units, smooth surfaced motors, frequency inverters and motor starters in wash-down optimised cast aluminium housings. The drives are easy to clean and largely resistant to acids and alkalis. It is even possible to use high-pressure cleaners or apply aggressive media. The fanless smooth surfaced motors prevent the spreading of germs and run very quietly.

Jarmatz concluded by saying that, an integrated encoder also forms part of the standard equipment. “The new IE5+ motor can be combined with Nord gear units and drive electronics as a modular system and will be available from the second quarter of 2020,” said Jarmatz.

Nord Drivesystems’ new Bluetooth stick delivers direct benefits

An innovative new product is coming to Australia, courtesy of Nord Drivesystems. Engineering with the future in mind, the Nordac Access BT answers the call for enhanced IIoT technologies.

According to Project Engineer, Delfio Barbarino this product has received praise around the world, and he believes that locally, the reception will be much the same. “The Nordac Access BT is a Bluetooth stick used for mobile commissioning and service solutions, applicable to all NORD drives. It offers convenient mobile access to drive data as well as full access control for improved communications and safety.”

The Nordac Access BT can be used to save the parameter data without using the app or a PC. “Using the BT-stick, users can transfer parameters from one frequency inverter to another. Parameter transfer between a drive and a PC is also possible,” Delfio explains.

The Nordac Access BT speeds up commissioning, simplifies maintenance and enables faults to be remedied faster. This ensures that down times and costs are reduced.

Nordac Access BT features:

  • Dashboard-based visualization for drive monitoring and fault diagnosis;
  • Parameterisation with help function and parameter quick access;
  • Oscilloscope function for drive analysis individually configurable;
  • Backup and recovery function for easy handling of drive parameters.

“We look forward to the official launch of this ground-breaking product in the coming months and to rolling it out in our region,” Delfio concludes.

Innovative drive solutions for the digital revolution

Nord Drivesystems manufacturers drive solutions (hardware and software) and supports customers with its communication and application know-how in the Industry 4.0 realm.

Nord’s intelligent, networked drives enables continuous condition monitoring and forms the basis of predictive maintenance. In addition, they offer intelligent digitised production, advanced maintenance concepts and new services. All Nord drives are Industry 4.0 ready and can be directly integrated as active components in Industry 4.0 environments throughout the world.

According to managing director for Nord Drivesystems Australia, Martin Broglia, the prerequisites for this is the internal PLC as decentralised intelligence and the extensive range of communication options. “The drive units are compatible with all common field buses and Ethernet-based protocols and provide analogue and digital interfaces for sensors and actuators. Drives are prepared for integration into a cloud and can be connected to various external cloud systems,” says Broglia.

Action instead of reaction
“Fast, efficient and comprehensive evaluation of analogue and digital data by the intelligent PLC in the drive electronics forms the basis for modern maintenance and servicing concepts, such as condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.”

Due to continuous monitoring of the field level, linking of communication, sensors, process data and vital parameters of the drive, deviations from the normal state can be quickly detected. “Drive operators therefore have the possibility of responding in good time before damage or breakdowns occur,” said Broglia.

Condition-oriented maintenance replaces time-based maintenance. This results user benefits such as an increase in plant availability, prevention of unscheduled down times, improved planning of service and maintenance as well as a significant reduction in costs.

Virtual sensors
At present, Nord is investigating sensorless monitoring of oil ageing and the condition of geared motors with virtual sensors. The aim is a predictive maintenance concept which determines the optimum oil change and maintenance intervals for each individual geared motor, oriented to the actual condition of the geared motor and the gear oil. “For this, intelligent algorithms evaluate the operating data of the frequency inverter and determines the oil temperature from this information.”

Without the hardware costs for external sensors, oil ageing and the optimum time for replacing the gear unit lubricant can be determined with great reliability.
“Tests have shown that the oil temperature as measured in tests can be reliably calculated,” Broglia concludes.

NORD Brings its food and beverage range to FoodTech Packtech

FoodTech Packtech Queensland takes place in July at the Brisbane Convention Centre. Showcasing an appetite for innovation, this show is the place to be for the latest advancements in food and beverage technologies.

As part of their commitment to the industry and local market, Nord Drivesystems will be showcasing its targeted, high quality solutions at this year’s show. The company prides itself on delivering individual drive solutions for the industry which offer energy savings, reduced maintenance, minimum downtime and are designed to the stringent standards of the food and beverage sector.

Over the past few years, Nord has let one of the latest additions to its product portfolio speak for itself. The NSD TupH has been tested in some of the harshest and most demanding environments and the results speak for themselves.

Its unique and resistant surface is a cost-effective and reliable alternative to stainless steel and has stood the test of time in manufacturing environments around the country. Its corrosion resistant, cleanable, sealed surface delivers all the benefits without compromising on quality. Its surface is six to seven times harder than the aluminum substrate and up to 1000 times harder than paint.

Martin Broglia, managing director for Nord Drivesystems in Australia, said that the response to this product has been remarkable. “While the benefits do speak for themselves, getting customers to change from their current solutions is always tricky. What we found is that this product really does all the leg work and has been proven time and time again – with very little effort from our side.”

“Visitors to the show can come and see the product for themselves. We are also happy to take them through some our successes to date and to find out more about their requirements,” said Martin.

Another product to be featured on their stand will be the IE4 range of synchronous motors – built for high efficiencies and low operating costs.

“Again, Nord keeps your TCO in mind when developing our products. We understand the investment that you have made and want to see it through all the way,” he continued.

High efficiency levels of the IE4 range are based on permanent magnet technology which Nord has specially designed. Even at low speeds, these units achieve high torques and excellent efficiency.

“When looking at the ‘life cycle costs’ of drive solutions, it’s important to take a holistic stance on this. Here we factor in every aspect – starting from the point of purchase, commissioning, use and maintenance through to disposal.”

Visit NORD at stand H24 from 28 to 30 July 2019.

Innovative drive solutions for the digital revolution

Nord Drivesystems manufacturers drive solutions (hardware and software) and supports customers with its communication and application know-how in the Industry 4.0 realm.

Nord’s intelligent, networked drives enables continuous condition monitoring and  forms the basis of predictive maintenance. In addition, they offer intelligent digitized production, advanced maintenance concepts and new services.

All Nord drives are Industry 4.0 Ready and can be directly integrated as active components in Industry 4.0 environments throughout the world.

According to managing director for Nord Drivesystems Australia, Martin Broglia, the prerequisites for this is the internal PLC as decentralised intelligence and the extensive range of communication options. “The drive units are compatible with all common field buses and Ethernet-based protocols and provide analogue and digital interfaces for sensors and actuators.”

“Drives are prepared for integration into a cloud and can be connected to various external cloud systems,” says Broglia.

Action instead of reaction
“Fast, efficient and comprehensive evaluation of analogue and digital data by the intelligent PLC in the drive electronics forms the basis for modern maintenance and servicing concepts, such as condition monitoring and predictive maintenance.”

Due to continuous monitoring of the field level, linking of communication, sensors, process data and vital parameters of the drive, deviations from the normal state can be quickly detected. “Drive operators therefore have the possibility of responding in good time before damage or breakdowns occur“ says Broglia.

Condition-oriented maintenance replaces time-based maintenance. This results user benefits such as an increase in plant availability, prevention of unscheduled down times, improved planning of service and maintenance as well as a significant reduction in costs.

Virtual sensors
At present, Nord is investigating sensorless monitoring of oil ageing and the condition of geared motors with virtual sensors. The aim is a predictive maintenance concept which determines the optimum oil change and maintenance intervals for each individual geared motor, oriented to the actual condition of the geared motor and the gear oil. “For this, intelligent algorithms evaluate the operating data of the frequency inverter and determines the oil temperature from this information.”

Without the hardware costs for external sensors, oil ageing and the optimum time for replacing the gear unit lubricant can be determined with great reliability.

“Tests have shown that the oil temperature as measured in tests can be reliably calculated,” Broglia concludes.

 

 

 

Gear units ensure smooth operation in wastewater applications

Nord Drivesystems has developed products that comply to safety and hygiene standards and can handle harsh washdown environments.

The products are available in size ranges suitable to every industry – from food and beverage and pharmaceutical right through to wastewater and mining.

Products are locally assembled and Nord has a large local stock holding and service team trained to help customers with commissioning and service.

The company recently supplied product at a wastewater treatment at a municipality that supplies approximately 2.5 million people in a metropolitan area with process water. To enable the bacterial decomposition of dirt particles, the wastewater needed to be oxygenated by constant churning. Two large, geared motors propelled the mixers around the clock. In the outdoor facility, temperature vary throughout the year.

The facility contained drive technology that was nearly 30 years old and needed to be replaced step by step. The original suppliers had discontinued the lines, which made spare parts hard to come by. Also, the originally installed gear units required maintenance to a problematic extent. In particular, the fluctuations in temperature have frequently affected the lubrication.

Getting a grip on heat
Searching a new supplier, the municipality found Nord Drivesystems, which had been operating a sales office in the country since 2003. Two combinations of Nord helical shaft gear units and

Siemens motors were installed, and have since proven themselves during continuous operation.

Nord used a high-quality synthetic long-life lubricant for the helical shaft gear units. It withstood the ambient temperatures considerably better than mineral oil – with the latter, the oil film would break down at high temperatures, resulting in increased wear and tear.
Each gear unit required 210 l of oil, which had to be changed after approximately 20,000 hours of operation. Other manufacturers stipulated shorter maintenance intervals, which made a difference at a price of the oil. An oil cooling system additionally increased operational safety in the Nord gear units – a temperature sensor constantly monitored the temperature of the lubricant and activated the cooling system as soon as a configurable limit was exceeded. In this application, the limit is 60°C.

Heated oil was then pumped out, cooled by an oil cooler and returned to the gear unit. When the temperature fell below 40°C the cooling system switched off automatically.

Drive technology in detail
Currently, there are two helical shaft gear units with a 132kW performance from Nord’s SK 12382VZ series that are installed at the waste water treatment plant. They are used in combination with Siemens motors via IEC adapters.

Nord’s helical shaft gear units are available as two- or three-stage basic types with hollow or solid shafts, in foot-mounted, flange-mounted, or face-mounted versions – each with the same housing. Suitable for integration into limited installation spaces, they can be combined with many components from the modular Nord system.

Atex models and models with IP55 or IP66 protection are available on request for all types. All gear units are manufactured according to the UNICASE concept, originally developed by Nord in 1981. This enables maximum performance for small gear dimensions and ensures operational safety, high efficiency, high output torques, high resistance to axial and radial loads, low-noise operation, low maintenance and a long lifetime.

Gear units ensure smooth operation in wastewater treatment facility

Nord Drivesystems has developed products that comply to safety and hygiene standards and can handle harsh washdown environments.

The products are available in size ranges suitable to every industry – from food and beverage and pharmaceutical right through to wastewater and mining.

Products are locally assembled and Nord has a large local stock holding and service team trained to help customers with commissioning and service.

The company recently supplied product at a wastewater treatment at a municipality that supplies approximately 2.5 million people in a metropolitan area with process water. To enable the bacterial decomposition of dirt particles, the wastewater needed to be oxygenated by constant churning. Two large, geared motors propelled the mixers around the clock. In the outdoor facility, temperature vary throughout the year.

The facility contained drive technology that was nearly 30 years old and needed to be replaced step by step. The original suppliers had discontinued the lines, which made spare parts hard to come by. Also, the originally installed gear units required maintenance to a problematic extent. In particular, the fluctuations in temperature have frequently affected the lubrication.

Getting a grip on heat
Searching a new supplier, the municipality found Nord Drivesystems, which had been operating a sales office in the country since 2003. Two combinations of Nord helical shaft gear units and

Siemens motors were installed, and have since proven themselves during continuous operation.

Nord used a high-quality synthetic long-life lubricant for the helical shaft gear units. It withstood the ambient temperatures considerably better than mineral oil – with the latter, the oil film would break down at high temperatures, resulting in increased wear and tear.

Each gear unit required 210 l of oil, which had to be changed after approximately 20,000 hours of operation. Other manufacturers stipulated shorter maintenance intervals, which made a difference at a price of the oil. An oil cooling system additionally increased operational safety in the Nord gear units – a temperature sensor constantly monitored the temperature of the lubricant and activated the cooling system as soon as a configurable limit was exceeded. In this application, the limit is 60°C.

Heated oil was then pumped out, cooled by an oil cooler and returned to the gear unit. When the temperature fell below 40°C the cooling system switched off automatically.

Drive technology in detail
Currently, there are two helical shaft gear units with a 132kW performance from Nord’s SK 12382VZ series that are installed at the waste water treatment plant. They are used in combination with Siemens motors via IEC adapters.

Nord’s helical shaft gear units are available as two- or three-stage basic types with hollow or solid shafts, in foot-mounted, flange-mounted, or face-mounted versions – each with the same housing. Suitable for integration into limited installation spaces, they can be combined with many components from the modular Nord system.

Atex models and models with IP55 or IP66 protection are available on request for all types. All gear units are manufactured according to the UNICASE concept, originally developed by Nord in 1981. This enables maximum performance for small gear dimensions and ensures operational safety, high efficiency, high output torques, high resistance to axial and radial loads, low-noise operation, low maintenance and a long lifetime.

Gear units designed for long working life

Nord Drivesystems has launched a high-performance, washdown-optimised aluminium drive for hygienic applications. This successful series now offers smaller gear units for torques up to 50 Nm as an efficient alternative to worm gear units. The SK 9×0072.1 series has a power range from 0.12 to 1.1 kW and covers speed ratios from 3.03 to 47.67 : 1.

The two-stage helical bevel gear units are characterised by high efficiencies, compact design, reliability and long working life. The high-strength aluminium housing guarantees high rigidity and maximum durability with low weight. Additionally, the modular design provides wide application flexibility due to numerous application and mounting options.
There are two models available: SK 920072.1 and SK 930072.1. The open housing of SK 920072.1 is lightweight and solid due to its construction. It is also available with a universal foot flange.

With its closed housing, the SK 930072.1 is suitable for applications with stringent requirements for hygiene and cleanliness. Additional protection is provided by the optionally available nsd tupH surface treatment.

The standard version is equipped with a B14 flange. All versions are available with solid or hollow shafts. The motor can be mounted directly without a coupling or adapter (IEC or NEMA). Accessories including torque arms, flanges, covers and fastening elements from the Universal series may also be used for this gear unit. The new, compact and flexible Nordbloc.1 bevel gear units are particularly suited for intralogistics and packaging technology, and thanks to their washdown design may also be advantageous for the food and beverage industry.

The LogiDrive combines these new Nordbloc.1 gear units with an energy-efficient IE4 synchronous motor and the Nordac Link field distributor for an optimally matched drive system. These standardised geared motor variants are highly efficient, and thanks to plug and play technology they are maintenance-friendly and benefit from a reduction of spare part stocks, which also results in the reduction of versions.

Nord Drivesystems’ products on show at AUSPACK 2019

Among the exhibitors at AUSPACK 2019 is drive technology specialist Nord Drivesystems. Servicing the market for more than half a century, Nord is a supplier to the manufacturing industry and will be promoting some its latest ground-breaking technologies.

The proof is in the pudding and Nord has seen success at prominent manufacturers around the country thanks to its comprehensive, trusted range. According to Martin Broglia, managing director for Nord Drivesystems, Nord prides itself on customising its comprehensive, quality range to match exact customer requirements. “We strive for 100 per cent customer focus and satisfaction. Our product offering is backed by superior expertise and as a global brand, we have access to the latest technologies and trends occurring across the globe.”

What’s on show?

The show-stopping NSD tupH geared motor
Nord will be showcasing its industry heroes at AUSPACK 2019 and will once again use this as a platform to help solve the automation problems for both potential and current customers. “No stranger to the industry is the NSD tupH range of products which has been making a name for itself since its launch,” said Martin.

“The NSD Tuphs anti corrosive poperties prevents flaking and chipping making it the optimum product for caustic washdowns as well as boasting a long service life in such harsh environments. This drive is  available in a smooth non pourous finish.”

Drive technology for Industry 4.0
Flexible and intelligent: The NORDAC Lins series was specially developed for applications in modern, networked intralogistics systems and provides a convenient drive solution for flexible, decentralised installation.

“The efficient field distributors can be configured for the specific application and ensures efficient and safe commissioningThe integrated PLC is capable of executing complete process controls as well as regulating processes autonomously” Martin explains.

The Premium Efficiency IE4 Range to Optimise Costs
Nord will also be showcasing its IE4 range of synchronous motors to help optimise energy costs and increase efficiencies in drive systems. When looking at the “life cycle costs” of drive solutions, it is important to take a holistic stance on this. Here we factor in every aspect startingfrom the point of purchase, commissioning, use and maintenance through to disposal.

To optimise the TCO, Nord supplies efficient drive solutions which considerably reduce operating costs. “Here, the focus is on an integrated approach. This principle revolves around the reduction of product variants with the aid of Nord’s modular design systems, reduction of energy consumption applying efficient IE4 synchronous motors that are robustly designed to provide long service life and low maintenance,” Martin explained.

SK series of two-stage helical bevel gear units
In addition, NORD recently launched a high performance, washdown-optimised aluminium drive for hygienic applications and this will also be on show at AUSPACK. Martin said that this successful series now offers smaller gear units for torques up to 50 Nm as an efficient alternative to worm gear units. “The new SK 9×0072.1 series has a power range from 0.12 to 1.1 kW and covers speed ratios from 3.03 to 47.67 : 1,” he said.

“The two-stage helical bevel gear units are characterised by high efficiencies, compact design, top reliability and long working life. The high-strength aluminium housing guarantees high rigidity and maximum durability with the added bonus of being light weight.”

Profisafe compatible dencentralised inverter
“Flexible to install, easy to service, Nord’s flexible inverters can be tailored to any customer application by means of scalable functions. Installing and servicing the Nordac Flex inverter range can be carried out quickly and reliably because of its extensive plug-in capability and easy parameter transfer via EEPROM memory,” Martin concluded.

Communication models include: PROFIBUS DP, EtherCAT, POWERLINK, InterBus, DeviceNet, CANopen, PROFINET IO.

AUSPACK shows how connectivity unlocks value

Industry 4.0 and the Industrial internet ofThings (IIoT) are changing the game – fast – not only for manufacturers but the entire supply chain. Connecting IT and OT systems across all operations in a business is enabling data accumulation at an unprecedented scale. At AUSPACK 2019 the industry can learn about how to make this data unlock value on the production line and beyond.

As plants and production processes modernise current and legacy systems, and plant networks converge with enterprise business systems, manufacturers are gaining access to a tremendous amount of data. However, most need assistance to maximise the benefits of their data and transform it into actionable information. Now, help is at hand in the form of a new collaborative initiative between SMC, Beckhoff Automation, NORD Drivesystems, Balluff, ZI-Argus dubbed Open IIoT (stand B237). AUSPACK 2019 will be the launch platform for this open-source knowledge group set up to provide the industry with valuable information about Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things, including the ‘how to’ of implementation.

Across the showfloor, numerous exhibitors will provide access to the latest ideas and technology on Industry 4.0, from information and automation solutions, to robotics and integrated coding and vision systems.  For example, HMPS (stand G140) will showcase its newly launched its new Industry 4.0 solution, HMPSConnect, which links HMPS equipment into the IIoT, providing a dashboard for users to easily access data across all of their machines.

Heat and Control (stand D150) will demonstrate how engaging with a single source supplier like the HCI Alliance (a partnership between Heat and Control and Ishida)  can add value through increased connectivity levels and digital data exchange, along all stages of the processing and packaging production line. Foodmach (stand E065) will spruik its expertise in Industry4.0 line integration and the implementation of programming standards into production systems.

The Industry 4.0 theme will also be explored beyond the showfloor, at the AUSPACK 2019 Business & Industry Conference taking place on 26 and 27 March at the Melbourne Exhibition and Conference Centre.

John Broadbent, founder of Realise Potential, will lead a panel discussion on taking the ‘leap of faith’ towards Industry 4.0. To pull off a successful Industry 4.0 transition, it’s important to understand what this technology is and how to implement it, says Broadbent. “If you go down the path of understanding what the Industrial Internet of Things can do for you, it will help you keep the doors open – make your business more sustainable and here for the long term, and keep people in employment,” he said.

 

Another highlight at the conference will be the presentation by Foodmach CCO Earle Roberts about the $165m Dulux paint production and packaging plant, recognised as one of the top 5 Industry 4.0 plants in the world.

NORD collaborates with Obela and Smalte Conveying to improve productivity

Obela is known for its fresh, healthy and wholesome dips and spreads. With more than 10 unique varieties of hummus, Obela offers a product for every occasion with its range available in snack size, spreading tubs and a range for entertaining.

Back at its factory, the team works hard to ensure that every Obela dip is packaged with care and adheres to stringent hygiene standards. As demand increases, the need for improved productivity and reduced downtime becomes even more apparent.

Smalte Conveying Solutions, is a key partner in the supply of conveyor systems to Obela. OEM Smalte supplies conveying, elevating and automation systems for manufacturers of food products, automotive parts, paper products, bottles, pharmaceuticals, and other high volume consumer goods.

With the geared motors on conveyors in the Obela plant subjected to caustic wash downs, Vinod Pillai sales manager at NORD DRIVESYSTEMS was approached by Smalte Conveying to help find a resolution to a foreseen problem which could cause serious issues on the Obela conveyor line.

Aggressive washdowns were causing paint chipping and flaking on Obela’s geared motors, and the team were experiencing the age old issue of corrosion on shafts too. Here, the maintenance team needed to find the perfect solution for minimal maintenance and zero contamination risks. Vinod further explains, saying: “Smalte is a known customer of NORD. When approaching us with their problem, the team suggested the use of NORD DRIVESYSTEMS’ nsd tuPH product range,”

“The proposal was on-brief and on-budget. In researching these aluminium, IP-rated drives, we were impressed with its features and some of the case studies that we came across” says Rob Winterbottom, sales manager at Smalte Conveying Solutions.

With an increasing demand for the nsd tupH product range from NORD – particularly in the food industry, this product range has proved to deliver every time and in every environment.  Vinod says that they have come across many customers and potential customers who experience shortened service life and significant paint flaking and chippings on their current geared motors, and as such, the NORDtupH is the perfect solution when compared to its competitors’ offerings. Moreover, the NORDtupH anti corrosion protection ticks all boxes as it conforms to FDA standards.

“While there are many competitors on the market, what sets NORD apart is its advanced R&D, superior expertise and of course, that this product is tried and tested. In working with OEMs, we always encourage them to really do careful research and testing before specifying a product. This of course helps to improve their offering to the customer and offers a reliable solution to benefits all parties” Vinod continues.

“This particular offering from NORD offers a sleek surface treatment to make our IP-66 or 69K rated aluminium drive robust and resilient. It can withstand harsh washdowns, meet stringent requirements and is proven to last”.

Vinod further says that the superior finish of the nsd tupH range steers customers clear from the standard epoxy finish. “Our product offers anti-corrosion protection that is permanently bonded to the surface of the geared motor and is tested to be approximately 1000-times harder than your standard paint finish. Its smooth non-pourous design navigates away from any air pockets on the gearbox, the traditional heatsink as well as the cooling fan seen on a standard AC induction motor.

To conclude, Winterbottom from Smalte Conveying says that the project has proved to be very successful and that the team at Obela is very happy with the outcome in ensuring a longer service life and reduced downtime. “We foresee a long-lasting relationship with the team at NORD.”

Visit NORD Drivesystems at CeMAT, Melbourne Exhibition Centre during 24 – 26 July 2018 to view this product and other solutions.

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS’s NSD tupH gets the thumbs up from a world-renowned company in the food industry

As a household name in both the local and international market, a renowned food company well known for their range of sauces, soups, stocks and juices, looked to a high-quality supplier to meet its stringent automation requirements.

With Australia as the main manufacturing hub, products are exported to different regions around the world, including parts of UK, Asia, New Zealand and Canada. Considering the high volumes produced out of Australia, it is not wonder the search was on for a  robust solution for increased productivity and zero downtime.

With manufacturing demand on the rise, the company went in search of a geared motor designed to best withstand high frequency and high pressure washdown cycles. Not looking to just any supplier, they needed robust geared motors to match their stringent application requirements for conveyor and mixers in the hygienic wash down area. Of course the need for 24.7 technical support goes without saying.

Finding a reliable solution was no easy task as the gear drives in an environment such this tend to have a shortened service life and their painted surfaces do not last. In a search for a like-minded supplier, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS came to mind.

NORD DRIVESYSTEM Australia’s Phil Richards, Victorian Key Account Manager says that NORD’s new-generation NSD tupH aluminium drives passed all the tests. “The NSD tupH was designed with the customer in mind. As one of the most recent additions to our product range, we are finding this aluminium drive to be one of our most sought-after offerings,”

Combining decades of expertise, advanced R&D and its customer-centric nature, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS today offers a sleek surface treatment to make its IP-69 rated aluminium drive robust and corrosion-resistant to withstand harsh wash downs and meet stringent hygienic requirements whilst remaining competitively priced.

“The proof is in the pudding with this product. The customer first performed several trials with NORD‘s NSD tupH in their plant and were so happy with the performance of the surface protection that they have made it a site standard for geared motors being installed in hygienic wash down areas,” Richards continues.

Phil continues by saying that the NORD NSD tupH is a paint-free solution complete with a smooth surface and finless fanless motors for easy cleaning. “Gearboxes are also available with stainless steel hollow or solid output shafts.

“In the end, we have a happy customer who has now specified our product as a standard. The NORD NSD tupH does the talking for us. The product is available off the shelf from NORD Australia with very short lead times and comes with stainless steel shafts and food grade gear lubricant.  This high-quality product remains unrivalled and we are so pleased with its performance relating to this application,” Richards concludes.

 

 

 

Nord Drivesystems gets thumbs up for new geared motor

As a household name in both the local and international market, a renowned food company that manufacture’s sauces, soups, stocks and juices, looked to Nord Drivesystems to meet its stringent automation requirements. With Australia as the main manufacturing hub, products are exported to different regions around the world, including the UK, Asia, New Zealand and Canada. Considering the high volumes produced out of Australia, it is no wonder the search was on for a  robust solution for increased productivity and zero downtime.

With manufacturing demand on the rise, the company went in search of a geared motor designed to best withstand high-frequency and high-pressure washdown cycles. Not looking to just any supplier, they needed robust geared motors to match their stringent application requirements for conveyor and mixers in the hygienic wash down area. There was also the need for 24/7 technical support.

Finding a reliable solution was no easy task as the gear drives in an environment such this tend to have a shortened service life and their painted surfaces do not last. In a search for a like-minded supplier, Nord Drivesystems came to mind.

Nord Australia’s Phil Richards, Victorian key account manager said that Nord’s new-generation NSD tupH aluminium drives passed all the tests. “The NSD tupH was designed with the customer in mind. As one of the most recent additions to our product range, we are finding this aluminium drive to be one of our most sought-after offerings,”

 

Combining decades of expertise, advanced R&D and its customer-centric nature, Nord Drivesystems today offers a sleek surface treatment to make its IP-69 rated aluminium drive robust and corrosion-resistant to withstand harsh wash downs and meet stringent hygienic requirements weile remaining competitively priced.

 

“The proof is in the pudding with this product. The customer first performed several trials with NORD‘s NSD tupH in their plant and were so happy with the performance of the surface protection that they have made it a site standard for geared motors being installed in hygienic wash down areas” Phil continues.

 

Richards also said that the Nord NSD tupH is a paint-free solution complete with a smooth surface and finless fanless motors for easy cleaning. “Gearboxes are also available with stainless steel hollow or solid output shafts.“

“In the end, we have a happy customer who has now specified our product as a standard. The Nord NSD tupH does the talking for us. The product is available off the shelf from Nord Australia with very short lead times and comes with stainless steel shafts and food grade gear lubricant.  This high-quality product remains unrivalled and we are so pleased with its performance relating to this application,” Richards concluded.