Moog Animatics SmartMotor™ Powering Germany-based Kelch’s Tool Presetters

| October 2023

Moog Animatics SmartMotor™ Class 5 D-Style
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Kelch Kenova set line V3xxx
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Kelch Kenova set line V6xxx
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Kelch Kenova set line V9xx-S
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MURPHY, N.C., June 22, 2023 – Moog Animatics announced that Weinstadt, Germany-based Kelch, which makes the Kenova series of tool measurement devices, has replaced the stepper motors in its product with Moog Animatics SmartMotor™ (model SM23165DT) to improve efficiency, reduce space, and protect workers’ hearing. 

Kelch’s tool measurement devices, also known as presetters, automatically determine tool data before running, for example, a CNC machine, eliminating errors from typing or manually setting data through test cuts, so the machine’s owner can save setup time and operators gain productivity. To use a CNC machine, operators must add geometric data to control the machine’s tool. The stepper motors in a typical presetter help position a CNC machine’s tool for precise measurement, including the use of a camera system for enabling high quality calculations. 

With the SmartMotor now part of the design of Kenova set line V123 presetter, the motor precisely and nearly silently rotates the tool spindle to check and measure a CNC tool. In Kelch’s premium line of Kenova set line V9-S machines, six SmartMotors control four linear and two rotary axes.

Before installing the SmartMotor, Kelch’s presetters ran stepper motors at a frequency causing a high degree of noise. Since Moog Animatics SmartMotors produce virtually no noise, operators of Kelch’s newly equipped presetters have gained an added level of protection. The SmartMotor also has a compact design with one power supply unit, which reduces space. With a separate power supply for the SmartMotor amplifier stage, operators can switch off the motor to prevent an unplanned restart. The SmartMotor maintains a position even when power is off, which is essential for accurate positioning and makes it unnecessary to initialize the unit again. Powering the motor and amplifier stage requires 24 to 48 volts; the motor’s output delivers a maximum of 204 watts of continuous power.

“Our work with Kelch transfers to what we can do for other original equipment makers to improve efficiency, productivity and safety,” said Doug Parentice, Moog Animatics Sales and Engineering Manager. “Along with collaborating to improve a machine’s design, we offer an array of technologies like the SmartMotor that can fit into an existing machine’s envelope.” 

Additional SmartMotor specifications, data sheets and manuals are here

About Kelch

Kelch GmbH, Weinstadt near Stuttgart, offers peripherals and services for manufacturers and users of machine tools for machining production. With more than 100 employees, the company generates around 13 million euros a year. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Harbin Measuring & Cutting Tool Group Co., Ltd. (HMCT), Harbin/China, Kelch belongs to China General Technology (Group) Holding Co., Ltd. (Genertec), Beijing. Genertec is represented in 100 countries around the world with 51 companies and around 45,000 employees. Kelch GmbH forms the technology center of the international group of companies in Europe. It develops, produces and sells tool holders, cleaning, shrinking and setting devices as well as measuring technology and provides tool logistics services.

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 2022 sales of US $907 million and over 40 locations worldwide, is part of Moog Inc., which had fiscal year 2022 sales of US $3.0 billion. For more information, please visit  

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