NORD 4.0 READY: Drive technology for automated production in the age of IIoT

World-leading German manufacturer NORD Drivesystems announces the
release of the label ‘NORD 4.0 READY’, providing scalable electrical drive
systems and software to cover the full spectrum of tasks from simple actuators
to complex networked systems.

Machine and plant designs functioning within the German ‘Industrie 4.0’
framework and the similar concept of ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ require
smart drive technology with high flexibility and functionality. In addition to
being seamlessly integrated into communication networks, the drives must also ensure
efficient data processing, and support modular, decentralised control concepts.
The ‘NORD 4.0 READY’ label has been launched to meet these requirements.

NORD offers low-maintenance and versatile distributed drive controllers
up to 22 kW for synchronous and induction motors, covering many industrial
applications. Featuring powerful processors plus an onboard PLC, the frequency
inverters can handle complex control processes, autonomously respond to process
conditions, and even resolve malfunctions. The inverter PLC processes data from
connected sensors and actuators and supplies high-quality drive and
application-related data to the control room and other network nodes.

Drive units can form groups for certain tasks, for instance, to synchronise
speed or positions. Pre-defined parameter sets for hundreds of commonly
required functions including the PLC open motion control modules facilitate
application development.

As a manufacturer of full-scale drive systems, NORD offers inverters as
well as motors and gear units. Drive systems can be supplied for entire plants around
the world, assembled and parameterised ready for use, with standardised plug-in
cable connections for time-saving commissioning.

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