NORD develops drive solutions for digitised production

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NORD Drivesystems manufacturers drive solutions to support customers with its communication and application know-how in the Industry 4.0 sector.

NORD’s network drives enables condition monitoring and forms the basis of predictive maintenance. It also offers digitised production, advanced maintenance concepts, and new services.

“The drive units are compatible with all common field buses and Ethernet-based protocols and provide analogue and digital interfaces for sensors and actuators,” said Martin Broglia, managing director of Nords. “Drives are prepared for integration into a cloud and can be connected to various external cloud systems.”

NORD drives can be directly integrated as active components in Industry 4.0 environments throughout the world.

“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,” Broglia said.

Due to the 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,” Broglia said.

Users of NORD’s will receive 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.

Currently, NORD is investigating in sensor less monitoring of oil ageing and the condition of geared motors with virtual sensors. Its aim is to develop a predictive maintenance interval for each individual geared motor, orientated 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,” Broglia said.

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

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