Drive Solutions for the Airport Industry

Whether for baggage handling systems, moving walkways or large hangar doors, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS supplies flexible, reliable and efficient drive technology for all airport applications. Drive solutions for the airport industry are characterised by ultimate reliability, the greatest possible energy efficiency, long life and low maintenance requirements and have been proven in thousands of airport applications throughout the world.

Drive technology for airports Efficient, reliable and proven
With its specialised know-how in airport conveyor technology, NORD creates economical drive solutions that meet all current and future requirements. The systems combine high flexibility and tiered functional equipment with convenient operability. Excellent product quality compliant with international standards, short planning and installation times, high delivery capability and good price performance ratio are essential. NORD supports its customers in all phases of their project, from design and commissioning to service and maintenance.

NORD drive solutions for the airport industry are extremely robust and guarantee trouble-free operation. Further benefits are compact design, quiet running, high overload capacity and high precision positioning. The service- and maintenance-friendly help reduce standstill times and thus contribute to an increased efficiency and availability of the entire system.

NORD has the drive unit of the future
As with all drive units from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS, the drive solutions for the airport industry are Industry 4.0 READY! As standard, the inverters are equipped with an integrated programmable control unit, or PLC for short, which is able to reduce the load on the higher level control and carry out control tasks autonomously. The freely programmable PLC processes the data from sensors and actuators and can initiate control sequences, as well as communicating drive and application data to a control centre, networked components or to cloud storage. This allows continuous condition monitoring and therefore forms the basis for predictive maintenance concepts as well as optimum plant dimensioning.

Drive specialist with more than 50 years experience
NORD DRIVESYSTEMS has developed, produced and sold drive technology for more than 50 years, and is a leading complete supplier in the industry. The group now has subsidiaries and sales partners in 98 countries worldwide. The extensive sales and service network guarantees optimal availability, enabling short delivery times and customer-oriented service.

As a system supplier NORD DRIVESYSTEMS offers fully matched drive systems consisting of the gear unit, motor and frequency inverter – individually designed and precisely tailored to the particular application. The range includes gear units for torques from 10 Nm up to more than 250 kNm, electric motors in the power range from 0.12 to 1,000 kW and frequency inverters up to 160 kW.

NORD DRIVESYSTEMS is recognised in the airport industry by well-known international consultants and operators such as the German Airport Technology & Equipment (GATE), the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) and the International Association of Baggage System Companies (IABSC).

AT A GLANCE: NORD drive solutions for the airport industry

  • System solutions specially customised to airport requirements
  • Avoid downtimes thanks to intelligent control
  • Tailor-made drive concepts
  • Rapid commissioning
  • Plug-and-Play – systems
  • Easy maintenance/service friendly
  • Lower total costs over product service life
  • Standardisation
  • Energy savings
  • Project support
  • NORD modular system for complete drive solutions from a single source
  • Global NORD network

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  • Cost optimisation with NORD drive solutions

    Airport baggage handling systems are usually equipped with a wide variety of drives. Cost-optimisation is therefore a central topic.

    To optimise the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) NORD DRIVESYSTEMS offers individual TCO calculations, tailored concepts for costs and efficiency optimisation as well as powerful and efficient drive technology. The focus is on the entire “life cycle costs” of drive solutions, which includes all of the costs which are incurred, from purchase and commissioning, use and maintenance, up to disposal.

    Among other factors, the NORD cost optimisation strategy includes the reduction of variants with the aid of the NORD modular range of products, reduction of energy consumption through the use of efficient IE4 synchronous motors as well as reduction of investment and maintenance costs through long-life, low maintenance drive technology.

    Reduce your total operating costs with NORD drive solutions

    • Individual TCO calculation
    • Reduction of total costs through long service life and low maintenance requirements of NORD drives
    • NORD modular range of products to reduce the number of variants
    • Energy-saving IE4 synchronous motors with high efficiencies
    • Cost reduction through low cleaning effort for drive units

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  • Energy-efficient drive solutions

    Drive systems are among the main consumers of energy in airports. Therefore, energy consumption provides the greatest leverage for reducing the TCO. Energy-efficient drive solutions from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS enable considerable energy savings and reduction of operating costs.

    Airport conveyor belts are often designed for the expected maximum load and with corresponding safety factors. This often results in drives which are too large. However, in real life operation such systems the maximum load is only achieved with a small proportion of the items which are conveyed. As a result of such designs, the drives only operate in the partial load range for most of the time. NORD counteracts this negative trend with modern IE4 synchronous motors. IN comparison with conventional IE1, IE2 or IE3 asynchronous technology, these have an improved energy consumption performance in the partial load and partial speed ranges. IE4 synchronous motors achieve high cost reductions over their entire service life and a quick break-even point with just a small additional investment.

    Save energy and costs with energy-efficient drive solutions from NORD

    • Energy efficient drive system design
    • Powerful motors with energy efficiency class IE4
    • Ultimate effectiveness even with partial loads and low speeds
    • Frequency inverters with energy-saving function to match the power output to the actual demand in partial load operation

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  • Decentralised drive technology: Efficient and flexible

    In airports, conveyor belts and roller conveyors often need to cover large distances due to extensive building complexes. A modular system design with decentralised drive technology is therefore essential.

    NORD DRIVESYSTEMS supplies a wide selection of decentralised drive technology with frequency inverters which can be adapted to any required application and can be flexibly integrated into the plant. They reduce the amount of wiring and cabling work, facilitate commissioning, simplify maintenance and increase the efficiency of the entire drive system.

    Decentralised frequency inverters from NORD have a power range up to 22 kW, an integrated PLC as standard, as well as extensive plug-in features and are easy to extend thanks to their modular structure. The integrated PLC enables a system design which consists of autonomous groups, which to a large extent control their processes themselves. This reduces the load on the higher level control system. Because of this, the entire system is easier to service works more efficiently.

    Your benefits with NORD decentralised drive technology:

    • Modular system design
    • Maximum flexibility
    • Commissioning close to the motor is possible
    • Easy repair and maintenance
    • Reduced system costs
    • Reduced downtimes
    • Minimal wiring and cabling work
    • Parameter and data transfer via plug-in EEPROM
    • Support of all common field bus and Ethernet dialects
    • All relevant international certifications

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  • NORDAC LINK – The variable

    This drive control for flexible installation close to the motor is available as frequency inverter (up to 7.5 kW) or motor starter (up to 3 kW) and provides what it takes to make fast commissioning, simple operation and maintenance possible. All connections are made with simple plug connectors. In addition to the high plug-in capability, integrated maintenance switches and switches for manual operation ensure a high level of user-friendliness. The NORDAC LINK can be integrated into all common bus systems.

    • Powers up to 7.5 kW
    • Frequency inverter or motor starter
    • Flexible decentralised installation
    • All connections in plug-in design for easy commissioning and maintenance
    • Optional maintenance switch and local manual control
    • POSICON positioning functionality – Integrated positioning mode and synchronisation
    • PLC functionality for functions close to the drive unit (PLC on Board)
    • Energy-saving function for partial load operation
    • High precision regulation with current vector control
    • 4-quadrant operation
    • Master / Slave operation
    • Configuration according to customer requirements

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  • NORDAC FLEX – The flexible

    Flexible to install, easy to service: With its power range of available powers, its large range of functions and wide range of accessories, the NORDAC FLEX is the most flexible NORD inverter. Installation and maintenance can be carried out quickly and reliably.

    • Powers up to 22 kW
    • POSICON positioning functionality – Integrated positioning mode and synchronisation
    • PLC functionality for functions close to the drive unit (PLC on Board)
    • Energy-saving function for partial load operation
    • High precision regulation
    • 4-quadrant operation
    • Optional wall mounting kit
    • Modular scalability from batch size 1
    • Drive-based functional safety: STO, SS1
    • Functional safety with PROFIsafe bus interface SK TU4-PNS: SLS, SSR, SDI, SOS, SSM

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  • Baggage handling systems

    LogiDrive: The solution for airport baggage handling

    As well as intelligent networking, economical drive technology, airports require solutions which can be achieved with tried and tested methods for reducing the number of variants.

    LogiDrive systems from NORD are specially tailored to intralogistic and airport applications and demonstrate their strengths among other places in baggage handling systems. They are highly efficient, extremely easy to maintain thanks to plug-and-play technology and result in a considerable reduction of spare part stocks during operation. LogiDrive drive units consist of energy-efficient, standardised IE4 geared motors, 2-stage helical bevel gear units and decentralised frequency inverters to ensure optimised processes and costs.

    The entire system has a modular design, so that all components of the drive technology can be individually serviced. This minimises maintenance and repair costs. The compact design saves space and is light in weight thanks to the aluminium housing. LogiDrive drive units from NORD are equipped with STO and SS1 safety functions according to DIN EN 61800-5-2 and DIN EN 60204-1 and have a high overload capacity. They are suitable for horizontal, inclined and vertical conveyors.

    How your baggage conveyor systems benefit from LogiDrive:

    • Perfectly matched drive system
    • Energy-efficient drive units
    • Excellent efficiency even in partial load and partial speed ranges
    • Considerable reduction of spare part stocks
    • Ideal for reducing the number of variants
    • Considerable reduction of TCO costs
    • Service friendly through plug-and-play technology
    • Compact, space-saving design

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