Mount Angel Abbey sits on top of a butte overlooking the Willamette Valley in Oregon just south of Portland. The Monks' life of prayer and work in the Benedictine tradition is choreographed by the 8 bells in the Tower of the Visitation that were installed in 2007.
On June 20th, 2015 Chime Master completed the second phase of renovations to the digital control and automation system by replacing all of the cam-and-switch based motors that were originally installed with new ultra-quiet digital rotary motors and an intelli-Swing Precision computerized motor drive system.
The new motors are smaller, quieter, and much more capable than the motors they replace. The intelli-Swing Precision controls the swing angle of each bell individually, starts each bell gently and applies braking to each bell when the command to stop is given. Gone is the noisy racket of flexing steel and over-stressed chains when the bells begin to swing.
The first phase of renovations was completed in 2013 and involved replacing the difficult to use control equipment with the set-it-and-forget-it Chime Master Libertas controller.