A pioneer in the development of small motors and gear motors known as “sub-fractionals”, Merkle-Korff Industries has contributed to the success of countless commercial, industrial and consumer products since its founding in 1911. Merkle-Korff showed its innovative side early – developing the original small gearmotor in the 1920s, followed by the simple cup-drop motor in soft drink machines in the 1950s, and then through-the-door ice dispensing systems. Throughout its history, Merkle-Korff has consistently developed innovative products that drive successful product introductions.
Today, after a century in business, Merkle-Korff remains at the technology forefront by providing industry leading brushless, PMDC and AC gearmotor and motor solutions for applications in the commercial food equipment, consumer appliance, vending, pellet stove, pump, medical and other various markets. Merkle-Korff’s precision performing product line includes brushless DC gearmotors and motors, PMDC brushed motors, PMDC planetary and right angle gearmotors, PMDC parallel shaft gearmotors, AC parallel shaft gearmotors and custom solutions.
Merkle-Korff is an operating unit of Kinetek, a privately held global manufacturing enterprise that provides custom engineered control, motor and drive system solutions for world class customers in such markets as elevator/escalator, commercial floor care, material handling/aerial lift, commercial food equipment, golf car/utility vehicle, renewable energy and medical markets. Kinetek operates 28 facilities – including over a dozen design centers – in North America, Europe and Asia.
Merkle Korff collaborates with other Kinetek companies to provide customers with system solutions including human machine interface products from Valmark Industries, pumps and motors for the commercial food equipment market from FIR Group, and AC and DC controls from Kinetek Controls.