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NORD DRIVESYSTEMS provides pioneering drive solutions for networking and connection of an Industry 4.0 environment. By pioneering hardware and software, NORD drive technology enables networked or autonomous production processes of the “Smart Factory” and keeps them running.
NORD drive systems fulfil all conditions for intelligent digitaliszed production with advanced maintenance concepts and new services. In combination with NORD frequency inverters, all NORD drives can be directly integrated as active components in Industry 4.0 environments throughout the world. The prerequisites for this are the internal PLC as decentralized intelligence and the extensive range of communication options of the NORD frequency inverters. Internal or global networking in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or connection to cloud solutions is possible at any time and opens up all the opportunities of Industry 4.0. Via their digital output interfaces, the drive units’ frequency inverters can control actuators in conveyor systems or production plants and therefore deliberately affect processes. Analogue and digital external sensor signals and data (e.g. from light barriers, temperature sensors or vibration sensors) can be received, processed and transmitted. Thanks to the integrated PLC that every NORD frequency inverter has on board, the decentralized drives can form master-slave groups that intelligently communicate with each other and take on control tasks autonomously. This supports the central control system and opens up numerous opportunities for a modular system design with production groups and production islands as well as for the intelligent networking of the entire factory up to the “Smart Factory”. 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.