A Successful Test Case
That was in 2019. Grant contacted Jake Simpson, Account Representative for industrial supplier and NORD DRIVESYSTEMS distributor Motion in nearby Albany. Simpson contacted NORD District Sales Manager, Brent McNeill, and the two visited the facility for an assessment.
The most immediate need was to get the aerators running at full capacity, so they recommended a temporary solution—a pair of the company’s 25 HP CLINCHER parallel shaft gear units with UNICASE design and variable frequency drives. The test units utilized NORD’s direct drive concept with hollow bore mount and NEMA C-face input for direct mounted motors. They were delivered fully assembled from the factory and are designed to run reliably without belts, sheaves, or pulleys, eliminating the need to maintain these wear parts or cover them with guards to protect operators. “It was a proof of concept,” says Grant. “We like to try before we buy, and seeing that there’s no bypass for the aeration tank, I needed to make sure they would work as promised. As it turned out, we tested those units for two years and were quite happy with their performance.”
He and his team decided it was time to go ahead with an upgrade of the entire facility. They were running into serious capacity limitations, and new gear motors would allow them to speed up the aerators when needed, thereby increasing microbe growth. But seeing as the funding would come from taxpayer dollars, Grant did his due diligence and put the project up for competitive bid.
“Even though we had documented success with the NORD product, it’s my responsibility to be a judicious steward of the city’s resources,” he explains. “So not only did we invite others to bid on the job, but we also got quotes on repairing the old gear motors. NORD came in with a better price than all of them.”