Making a mark

NORD Drivesystems Australia is experiencing a surge in uptake of its logistics solutions worldwide. Martin Broglia, Managing Director comments on the latest developments at the company. 

NORD Drivesystems is no stranger to the needs and wants of the logistics industry. Through the company’s 54-year history in drive engineering, the logistics industry worldwide has seen an uptake of NORD products due to the cost efficiency and reliability of the products.

According to Martin Broglia, Managing Director of NORD Drivesystems Australia, NORD has enjoyed large success in the field of logistics and materials handling locally too.

“We are pleased with our growth in market share and the feedback we have from customers in the logistics industry” Martin says.

NORD has invested heavily in local production and stockholding with the company recently expanding operations to NSW. According to Martin, these tactics have paid off as customers now enjoy even wider service and shorter turnaround times.

Martin also mentions that the local team has been upskilled and trained, and the technical teams are able to assist with on-site commissioning and service.

“NORD has been a major player in the logistics industry for some time and has extensive experience in best in class solution for pack houses, postal hubs and airports around Australia and further afield,” Martin says.

The company was recently awarded the Vanderlande Supplier Award for their outstanding operational excellence and responsive supply chain, high innovative capability and the company’s strong competitiveness. As part of the events of the Vanderlande Supplier Day in Germany.

Vanderlande Industries is one of the world’s leading prime contractors for process automation in warehouse logistics and is the global market leader for value-oriented automation of logistic processes at airports and in the field of parcel distribution. As an expert for tailor-made drive technology, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS has been closely collaborating with Vanderlande for many years.

Simplifying stock holding

To reduce the number of products and options required NORD introduced further standardisation with the introduction of LogiDrive.

Different gear units and motor types, sizes, options and gear ratios often result in a large variety of drive versions – a considerable cost factor. A reduction in the number of variants can result in optimised processes and costs. The LogiDrive standardised IE4 geared motor versions are the solution for intralogistics.

LogiDrive drive units consist of an IE4 synchronous motor, a two-stage helical bevel gear unit and a NORDAC LINK field distributor LogiDrive systems are highly efficient, and thanks to Plug & Play technology they are extremely maintenance-friendly and result in a considerable reduction of spare part stocks. The standardised geared motor variants are specially designed for intralogistics and airport technology and are particularly suitable for reducing the number of versions. The compact design saves space and the lightweight aluminium housing enables weight savings of up to 25 per cent.

LogiDrive drive units comprise an IE4 synchronous motor with rated powers of up to 5.5 kW, a 2-stage helical bevel gear unit and a frequency inverter which is installed close to the motor. The inverter is equipped with a mains switch, a key switch to isolate the drive unit from the system controller and a direction selector switch for local installation mode. AS-i and all common field bus and industrial Ethernet interfaces can be integrated. With class IE4 motor efficiency, the drives can improve efficiencies – especially when operating with partial load and speed range. This combination drives down the total cost of ownership (TCO).

LogiDrive drive units from NORD are equipped with the safety functions STO and SS1 according to DIN EN 61800-5-2 and DIN EN 60204-1 and have a high overload capacity. As the system for conveyor technology has a modular structure, all drive technology components can be serviced individually, which reduces service and maintenance costs in intralogistics.

“LogiDrive drive technology is suitable for horizontal conveyors, inclined conveyors and vertical conveyors. Thanks to extensive certification, LogiDrive systems can be installed without problems throughout the world,” Martin says.