Moog Animatics Introduces State-of-the-Art Class 6 D-style SmartMotor™

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Fully integrated Class 6 D-style SmartMotor features Ethernet and multi-turn absolute encoder

Murphy, NC., USA, April 21, 2022 – Moog Animatics is pleased to announce the launch of its new Class 6 D-style SmartMotor range. This new SmartMotorTM expands the capabilities of the already highly programmable servosystem, integrating motor, multiturn absolute encoder, amplifier, and controller along with a range of communication options including USB, dual port Industrial Ethernet (EtherCAT®, PROFINET®, Ethernet IP) along with the traditional RS-232/RS-485, and CAN connections.

“The new Class 6D provides a smaller footprint, a lower total cost, and a simplicity of design hard to match on the market. This allows significant reductions in machine development costs and build times,” says Ray Walsh, General Manager of Moog Animatics. “The advantages provided by this new product range can make the difference in the design of new applications as well as allowing an easy retrofit of existing ones.”

“As the industry leading provider of fully integrated controllers, Moog Animatics is constantly improving the performance of its SmartMotor. The introduction of the Class 6D extends the power range to 1kW and provides higher torque density in the same compact package of previous series. This increased capability combined with the additional benefits associated with industrial ethernet connectivity and multi-turn absolute encoder sets the SmartMotors apart from competitors,” he continues.

The extended power range, together with a wider ambient operating temperature range (- 20°C/- 4°F to 100°C/212°F), significantly expands the field of application of the Class 6D in areas such as autonomous guided vehicles, agriculture automation and a broader range of industrial automation applications. This is achieved by meeting the ever-increasing demands of machine builders and designers who need a versatile, precise, and fully integrated motion control environment.

With no battery in its encoder, separate 24V power supply, no gears and easy connection to diagnostics over USB, the Class 6D SmartMotor significantly enhances system efficiency, reducing fault points and maintenance downtimes.

“If you are looking for a compact, powerful, and extremely reliable motion solution, with an eye on cost efficiency and design flexibility, the Animatics Class 6D SmartMotor is the best choice you can make,” concludes Walsh.

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Fully integrated Class 6 D-style SmartMotor including the brake option

About Moog Animatics

Moog Animatics, a sub-brand of Moog Inc. since 2011, is a global leader in integrated automation solutions. With over 30 years of experience in the motion control industry, the company has U.S. operations and international offices in Germany and Japan as well as a network of Automation Solution Providers worldwide. For more information about Moog Animatics, visit

About Moog

Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer and integrator of precision control components and systems. Moog Industrial Controls segment designs and manufactures high performance motion control products, solutions and services combining electric, hydraulic, and hybrid technologies with expert consultative support in a range of applications in energy, industrial machinery, simulation and test markets. We help performance-driven companies to design and develop their next-generation equipment. Moog Industrial Controls segment, which had fiscal year 2021 sales of US $892 million and over 40 locations worldwide, is part of Moog Inc., which had fiscal year 2021 sales of US $2.85 billion. For more information, please visit  

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