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Orbit Motion Technologies, Inc.

Inventor of the Vac-U-Torq indexing Clutch Brake.

Orbit Motion Technologies was founded in 1976 by engineer, Pierre Foret in Falmouth, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. The company, known at the time as Foret Systems, Inc., was the inventor and manufacturer of the patented Vac-U-Torq vacuum indexing clutch brake.

With one other employee, Foret produced the Vac-U-Torq units in the basement of his home. The total turnover for 1976 was $27,000. In 1980, Foret moved the operation to a 7500 sq. ft. facility, also in Falmouth. That same year Foret granted a license to a large Danish industrial manufacturer, Danfoss A/S. The license allowed Danfoss to produce the Vac-U-Torq clutch brake and controls for the European and Japanese markets.

Foret died suddenly in 1981 and Foret Systems was purchased by Stewart Oakes. Oakes brought with him 40 years of experience in the manufacture of industrial machinery, having previously owned a clutch brake manufacturing company, Simplatrol Products, which he sold to Dana Corporation in the early 1970's.

On the last day of 1988, Oakes sold Foret Systems to Danfoss and retired. Oakes' son, Jeffrey, remained and became the U.S. Vice President of sales and marketing for the newly created clutch brake division.

Danfoss spun off Foret Systems in 1992 and Jeffrey Oakes purchased the exclusive distribution rights to the Vac-U-Torq and RotaStep clutch brake line for the U.S. The company was renamed Orbit Motion Technologies.


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