Drive Solutions for the Automation of Storage Processes

Baumalog Sp. o.o. significantly facilitated the storage and transport processes for metal profiles at Retech Sp. z o.o. Therefore, the company relies on solutions from NORD.

NORD Drive solutions for the automation of storage processes

Customer Profile

Baumalog is a Polish mechanical engineering company that produces automatic storage and transport systems used in many industries. The company designs, produces and installs solutions for the automation of processing runs (especially in the fields of sheet metals, profiles, bars and other materials with different dimensions and weights), and for the increase of process efficiency in internal logistics, that optimize the material flow during the production process as well as during picking and dispatch. Baumalog is also the Polish distributor for automatic vertical lift racking systems of the Italian Modula company.

Baumalog uses NORD drives for all offered storage automation solutions. Among others, the company sees its advantages in the high efficiency, reliability, quiet running, wide product range and easy installation. Baumalog has been using drive solutions from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS for its designs for many years now: inverters and geared motors with high efficiency and absolute reliability.

Special Project Features

Storing components used in production is one of the major challenges for manufacturers. The higher the sales figures, the higher the demands on the storage management and the more important the technical reliability: everything has to work out trouble-free. The automation of storage and transport processes allows for a considerable increase of the production potential coupled with increased safety at work.

In this field, the market offers individual and ultra-modern solutions that use the latest technology for robotics, automation and IT. The correct setting of the automatic storage system improves the logistic processes, that in turn reduces the number of faults caused by human error, and allows for shorter lead times for customer orders.

Automated item stocking and handling with NORD drive motors

Drive Solutions

<h3>Automatic Pipe and Profile Warehouse</h3>

The automatic pipe and profile warehouse has been developed, according to specific customer requirements. The eight meter high warehouse consists of a supporting structure with two rows of shelves, each with five columns containing 68 moving racks. Each rack measures 244 × 18 × 24 inches and is able to carry loads of 3,858 lbs. A further aspect is the respective control. The system was equipped with a mobile loading station that allows for the profiles to be loaded outside the warehouse and transported into the warehouse. In addition, there are two mobile unloading stations that work hand in hand with the travelling cranes and the laser-cutting tools for the profiles in the warehouse. The whole system works fully automatically. By order of the operator at the control panel, the respective products are moved to one of the unloading stations. Six NORD gear units were needed for the warehouse column and the loading and unloading stations supplied by Baumalog.

Getriebebau NORD is one of the market leaders in the production of mechanical and electronic gear units. The product line includes geared motors, industrial gear units, frequency inverters, motor starters, and decentralized drive control systems. The comprehensive NORD product range also comprises intelligent mechanical and electrical solutions that allow for a flexible configuration for the storage automation with fast delivery at advantageous prices. For this project, NORD supplied six gear units with powers of 1 HP to 5 HP.

In addition to the mechanical solutions, electronic NORD drive systems are also used in the Baumalog-designed automated warehouse. NORDAC® PRO frequency inverters are used to control the geared motors. The variable cooling concept ensures an optimum heat dissipation. The positioning module not only offers the possibility of positioning the drive axes independently from the higher-level control, but also the relative positioning. The installed NORD products ensure every imaginable movement in this project. The gear units allow for the operation of the storage and retrieval device on tracks between the high racks, the movement of the vertical conveyor to take materials from the shelf or to return them to the shelf, as well as the horizontal movement of the racks and the movement of the vertical conveyor to the warehouse column.

They also control a loading and unloading station outside the building, and unloading stations inside the building from where materials are brought to the laser cutter. The automation of storage and transport processes for profiles at Retech contributed to a significant improvement of the production process and an increased work safety. The use of high-quality components, such as NORD gear units, also ensures a smooth and trouble-free operation of the entire system.

NORDAC PRO Variable Frequency Drive - SK 500E

Wide range of functions for cabinet control

  • Power range: 0.33 – 200 HP (0.25 – 160 kW)
  • Protection class: IP20

Standard motors

Asynchronous motors

  • Performance: 0.16 HP - 75 HP
  • Global approvals and acceptance
  • Efficiency classes: IE1, IE2, IE3, IE4

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