NORD Integrated Solutions to Save Energy

NORD employs a wide range of technologies to provide customized cost efficient and eco friendly drive solutions. They include regenerative braking, automatic magnetization adjustment, copper rotors, 87 Hz operation, and intermediate circuit coupling.

When machine motions must be slowed down repeatedly or regularly, the released braking energy is not utilized in conventional frequency inverter applications. Instead, it is consumed by resistors and emitted as heat. Drives which reuse excess energy via intermediate circuits or regenerative braking provide a more efficient and eco-friendly solution. While a regenerative braking unit can feed other components elsewhere in a larger installation, energy generated and retained in a DC intermediate circuit can be consumed by the connected components directly without loss. In effect, less power is drawn from the mains.

Intelligent control is another way to save. Operating with asynchronous motors, frequency inverters generally maintain the level of magnetization required for yielding the full torque over the whole speed range, thus causing unnecessary loss during partial load operation. NORD SK 200E, SK 500E, and SK 700E series frequency inverters can save resources by automatically reducing magnetization when the motor is operated under partial load. Users can thus save up to 30 % energy. Furthermore, compared to grid-powered constant-speed units, inverter-operated asynchronous motors can be run at higher output frequencies in order to increase efficiency. Motors with 230 V/400 V star-delta wiring, for example, can be operated at up to 87 Hz in delta connection using a 400 V inverter, thus enabling the motor to run at a higher speed (up to 87 Hz) while maintaining the nominal torque. Raising the frequency to up to approximately 100 Hz will increase motor efficiency by up to 5 %.

To improve motor efficiency, NORD has also developed new concepts around materials, such as using copper rather than aluminum for the rotor squirrel cage. Copper with its smaller ohmic resistance allows for more economic drives of a given size. Alternatively, the motor power can be increased maintaining size and efficiency, making it easier to fit stronger motors into small installation spaces. An optimized synchronous motor with a high-quality permanent magnet on the rotor side can make for an even larger increase in performance, all along maintaining very high efficiency.

Company background
With approximately 2300 employees, NORD develops, produces and markets drive technology and is one of the industry´s leading international suppliers of all-in solutions. In addition to standard drives, NORD supplies application-specific concepts and solutions, including concepts and solutions that fulfil special requirements such as energy-saving drives and explosion-proof systems. Founded in 1965, the company achieved a turnover of approximately 264 million euros in its most recent reporting year. It presently has 35 subsidiaries worldwide. A dense sales and service network ensures optimal accessibility for short delivery times and a package of services close to the customer. NORD produces a highly diverse range of gearboxes with torque ratings from 10 Nm to 200,000 Nm, electric motors with power ratings from 0.12 kW to 200 kW, and corresponding power electronics in the form of frequency inverters and servo controllers. The company's range of frequency inverters includes units for conventional installation in electrical cabinets as well as decentralised and fully integrated drive units.

NORD Gear Corp
P.O. Box 367 - 800 Nord Drive
Waunakee, WI 53597
Phone: + 1 608 849 7300
Fax: + 1 608 849 7367

Getriebebau NORD GmbH & Co. KG
Rudolf-Diesel-Straße 1
22941 Bargteheide/Hamburg
Phone: +49(0) 45 32 / 401 - 360
Fax: +49(0) 45 32 / 401 - 254

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