LogiDrive by NORD Is a Complete Drive Solution

Developed for intralogistics, the standardized LogiDrive solution focuses on energy efficiency, variant reduction, and lowering total cost of ownership (TCO).

Rob Spiegel

June 14, 2024

3 Min Read
IE5+ synchronous motors
Nord Drivesystems

At a Glance

  • LogiDrive versions with IE5+ synchronous motors feature high efficiency, variant reduction, and lower TCO.
  • Both advanced and basic LogiDrive systems feature a compact, modular design.
  • These products are designed to offer a standardized solution capable of reducing system variants.

LogiDrive complete drive solutions from Nord Drivesystems reduce planning and commissioning efforts through cost-effective, standardized designs engineered to industry standards and application requirements. These solutions are especially well suited for post & parcel, airport, and warehouse logistics as they are specifically aligned with the intralogistics and material handling requirements of these industries. For each intralogistics area, there are advanced versions utilizing IE5+ synchronous motor technology and basic versions with IE3 asynchronous motors. While LogiDrive advanced drive systems address issues such as energy efficiency, variant reduction, and total cost of ownership (TCO), the basic versions primarily focus on cost efficiency.

Post & parcel and airport industry applications such as baggage handling systems, parcel distribution systems, and parcel sorting systems require reliable drive solutions that keep up with their high material flow and minimize downtimes. Advanced LogiDrive systems with IE5+ permanent magnet synchronous motors deliver high overload capacity and consistent high efficiency over a wide speed range, even at partial load and low speeds. By using IE5+ motors, systems can achieve significant cost reductions, increase operational efficiency, and provide a fast return on investment (ROI).

Both advanced and basic LogiDrive systems feature a compact, modular design with plug & play capabilities for simple installation, commissioning, and maintenance. In combination with IE5+ motors, advanced versions for the post & parcel and airport industries also include a NORDAC LINK variable frequency drive and either a NORDBLOC.1 helical bevel gear unit or a DuoDrive integrated gear unit. NORDAC LINK decentralized variable frequency drives are wall mounted and feature an Ethernet interface, PROFIsafe options for functional safety, and PLC functionality for drive-related functions.

Basic LogiDrive versions offer a flexible gear unit selection with an IE3 asynchronous motor and motor-mounted NORDAC FLEX variable frequency drive. The NORDAC FLEX is Nord’s most versatile VFD with fully scalable functions configurable to specific requirements, an optional Ethernet interface extendable for each option module, and various functional safety options. These VFDs also deliver high precision regulation with POSICON integrated positioning mode to ensure accurate movement in intralogistics systems.

Solution with High System Efficiency

Like the post & parcel and airport industries, warehouse technology such as chain and roller conveyors, belt and pallet conveyor technology, container conveyor technology, and overhead conveyors also require reliable drives with high system operation. Advanced LogiDrive solutions for these specific applications include NORDBLOC.1 helical bevel gear units paired with IE5+ permanent magnet synchronous motors, 1/3 and either a NORDAC ON+ variable frequency drive or a NORDAC FLEX variable frequency drive. This complete solution has a high system efficiency with high overload capacity, a long service life, and low maintenance to effectively power conveyors transporting heavy loads and industrial containers.

NORDAC ON/ON+ variable frequency drives were designed by Nord for the special requirements of horizontal conveyor technology and feature a version for IE3 motors (ON) as well as a version optimized for use with IE5+ synchronous motors (ON+). The series is characterized by an integrated multi-protocol Ethernet interface for easy integration into automation systems with required protocols easily set via drive parameters. They also offer plug & play capability for quick installation and maintenance, integrated functions to improve conveyor efficiency, and full PLC functionality for drive-related functions.

Basic LogiDrive versions for warehousing also utilize NORDAC ON variable frequency drives for their scalable functionality and dynamic control. In addition to the VFD, the solution includes a UNIVERSAL SI worm gear unit and an IE3 asynchronous motor. UNIVERSAL SI worm gear units provide considerable installation space advantages due to their compact design, flexible input and output options, and universal mounting capabilities. Together, these products deliver a cost-optimized, standardized solution capable of reducing system variants.

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Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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