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Thousands of NORD geared motors ensure quick turnaround at Frankfurt’s hub airport

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article image Concentrated utilisation of space, whilst maintaining complete accessibility: the multi-storey luggage storage facility is completely automated and linked to the transport architecture

The extensive baggage handling system in the new pier at Frankfurt Airport supplied by the BEUMER Group is driven by geared motors from NORD Drivesystems.  

The opening of a new runaway, a planned new terminal as well as a soon-to-open A-Plus pier at the Frankfurt Airport is expected to steeply increase the volume of freight and passenger traffic. In order to maintain luggage loading time under 45 minutes even in the face of more air traffic and tightened security measures, efficient and highly reliable handling technology is required.  

Frankfurt Airport currently serves up to ten wide-bodied aircraft simultaneously. The new A-Plus pier will increase this number by seven and alternatively provide enough space for processing several smaller aircraft.  

Intralogistics supplier BEUMER is currently constructing a new 7km long luggage conveyor system, which will be connected to the existing system this year. The conveyor transport technology must not only be 100% available, it must also be capable of reliably taking the pieces of luggage to the correct destination in less than 45 minutes.  

NORD Drivesystems has installed over 1,700 geared motors in the extensive conveyor system with nearly 2,000 conveyor elements and over 100 junctions. Working together with the operator Fraport AG and BEUMER, the drive manufacturer has optimised the drives for reliable and energy-saving operation.  

Smaller drives are being used at many points leading to lower installation and operating costs. Additionally, drive sizes have been harmonised to reduce the number of models in use in order to improve logistics and reduce the spares inventory for greater cost efficiency.  

The interchangeable drive units are attached with just a few screws and a single electrical connector, and can be replaced quickly, allowing easy maintenance and repair.  

Key features of NORD IE2 drive motors:  

  • Power performance varies between 0.55 and 3 kW
  • All motors rated 0.75 kW and higher are IE2 models offering higher efficiency and using less energy than EFF2 efficiency class drives
  • High quality sheet metal used with smaller losses and more active material in the stator to implement the Ecodesign Directive
  • Increased copper filling in the stator slots and optimised winding scheme
  • Higher start-up and breakdown torques with less waste heat developed
Key features of NORD gear units:  
  • SK9012.1 helical gearboxes supplemented by a number of SK372.1 bevel gearboxes
  • About half of the drive units equipped with brakes
  • Housing follows the UNICASE principle with no welded seams, screw fittings or sealed surfaces
  • One-piece housing with integrated shaft bearings features maximum torsional strength and ensures excellent radial and axial load capacity
  • All bearing surfaces are machined in one operation to improve accuracy and avoid wear and tear
NORD is a full-scale supplier of drive products and solutions in addition to manufacturing motors, inverters, and all gear parts from casing and shafts to pinions and worms.

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