NORD drive solutions for the grain industry: Bulk goods handling from a single source with the NORD modular system


NORD DRIVESYSTEMS offers drive systems which are tailored to the special requirements of the grain industry. Whether for bucket elevators, conveyor belts, drag chain conveyors or screw conveyors, NORD assists operators of systems for storing, processing and transporting grain and grain products with optimised drive solutions, in-depth application knowledge and world-wide technical support. 


NORD DRIVESYSTEMS is one of the world’s leading companies in the field of drive technology and supplies a wide range of solutions for conveying bulk goods such as grain and oil seeds. Bucket elevators are used to transport bulk goods in a vertical direction. With its MAXXDRIVE® industrial gear units, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS offers versatile solutions for torques of up to 282,000 Nm, which can be mounted directly or with an IEC motor attachment. NORD drive concepts for elevators also offer options for back stops to prevent backflow of materials, as well as auxiliary drives with freewheeling couplings, and rotary encoders for maintenance operations 

The latest generation, MAXXDRIVE®-XT, has been supplemented with an application-optimised two stage helical bevel gear unit. Thanks to their two versions, helical or bevel gear units with flange mounted or push- on housings can be placed parallel or at right angles to the axis in conveyor systems. They can be combined with a foot-mounted, high efficiency IE3 motor on a motor swing base or a frame and are connected to the motor via a hydraulic coupling. As most bucket conveyor applications involve production of dust, there is a risk of explosion if the dust is flammable. Here, customised explosion-protected motors and geared motors are used.


Drag chain conveyors move grain 

Drag chain conveyors are ideal for conveying grain and other bulk goods horizontally or on an incline. These conveyors – which are available with flat or round bases and options such as by-pass feeders, multiple removal points and wear resistant cladding – are ideal for outdoor installation, are suitable for many applications and have decisive advantages over other conveyors with regard to safety, environmental protection and efficiency.


Energy efficient screw conveyors 

Screw conveyors consist of a conveyor screw supported on both sides, that rotates within a housing and thus conveys the material. The bulk materials can be horizontally, diagonally or vertically conveyed over a specific distance, and exactly dosed, e.g. using sliders. NORD DRIVESYSTEMS provides energy efficient, easily mounted and reliable drive solutions with gear units in UNICASE housings, as well as special shaft seals for all ambient conditions. They can be easily assembled and disassembled, even with efficient direct mounting without V-belts and pulleys. 

With approx. 4,700 employees today, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS has developed, produced and sold drive technology since 1965, and is one of the leading global full-service providers in the industry. In addition to standard drives, NORD delivers application-specific concepts and solutions for special requirements such as energy-saving drives or explosion-protected systems. In the 2021 financial year, annual sales amounted to 870 million Euros. NORD has 48 subsidiaries in 36 countries and further sales partners in more than 50 countries. They provide technical support, local stocks, assembly centres and customer service. NORD develops and produces a wide range of drive solutions for more than 100 industries, gear units for torques from 10 Nm up to over 282 kNm, supplies electric motors in the power range of 0.12 kW to 1,000 kW, and supplies the required power electronics with frequency inverters of up to 160 kW. Inverter solutions are available for conventional control cabinet


NORD Gear (UK) Ltd 
11 Barton Lane
Abingdon Science Park Abingdon
Oxfordshire OX14 3NB – United Kingdom
Andrew Stephenson
Phone: + 44 1235 534404 – email:

Getriebebau NORD GmbH & Co. KG
Getriebebau-Nord-Straße 1
22941 Bargteheide/Hamburg – Germany
Tel. +49 4532 2890 – Fax +49 4532 2892253
Jörg NIERMANN email:


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