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Orbitform’s Assembly Products & Services

Orbitform designs and builds assembly equipment for manufacturing. Since 1984, Orbitform has delivered over 7,000 assembly machines and custom assembly systems to a wide range of customers and industries around the world.

We Build Machines For:

  • Orbital Riveting & Fastening
  • Impact Riveting
  • Roller Forming
  • Hot Upset Forming & Riveting
  • Projection & Resistance Welding
  • Assembly Automation
  • Conveying Systems

We Provide Services For:

  • Assembly Analysis
  • Tooling Development
  • Batch Production Runs

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For more information about Orbitform, the services we offer, and permanent part assembly, read our white paper, catalog, or journal.

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Orbital Riveting / Forming

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A smooth, non-impact cold forming process used to create permanent joints with a high aesthetic appeal and a range of articulation potential.

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Radial Riveting / Forming

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A process similar to Orbital, using a peen to form from the center outward. Best used with delicate or unsupported rivet applications.

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Impact Riveting

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An assembly process using force to fasten two things together permanently using a wide variety of rivet and material options.

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Roller Forming

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A non-impact process using spinning rollers to symmetrically form a cylindrical part. Used for flaring, forming a lip, crimping, or forming a groove.

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Hot Upset Forming

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A forming process using heat and pressure to form a fastener to produce heavy duty joints able to withstand high forces.

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Process Monitoring

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We offer optional process monitoring and process control solutions on all of our systems.

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Conveyors Palletized

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Use pallets to carry individual parts between forming stations, even allowing assembly operation to be performed directly on the line.

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Conveyors Part on Chain

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Tooling Development

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All Orbitform tooling is developed in-house. Our engineers can make special recommendations based on your application to deliver ideal tooling for your machines.

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Turnkey Solutions

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We utilize every single one of our areas of expertise to bring our customers the answers to their assembly equipment needs.

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Batch Production Runs

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Orbitform has you covered for your small production run needs. Whether you need 5, 50, 500, or 5000 parts, Orbitform can help

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Welding Systems

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We offer welding systems in either Projection or Resistance configurations. Each system is designed to suit each application.

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May
9

Why Go Permanent

Four Ways We Hold Things Together

We live in a world where things are put together. The computer you’re using, the desk it’s on, and the chair you are sitting in have all been assembled. At Orbitform, we specialize in permanent part assembly, processes like orbital forming, impact riveting, roller forming, and hot upset riveting and forming. These four processes are all unique and have their own strengths, weaknesses, and qualities. They have major advantages in assembling parts that don’t need to be taken apart, both in reliability and longevity. But what are they? Why do these processes excel when compared to non-permanent fastening solutions? If your product doesn’t need to be taken apart, consider these reasons to switch to permanent assembly.

Permanent Part Assembly Advantages

  1. Reduce the Costs of Fastening Hardware
  2. Leave behind the retaining rings, threaded fasteners, nuts, washers, and cotter pins. With permanent part assembly, the part and the fastener are formed together, creating a secure and permanent bond without the use of extra unnecessary hardware.

  3. Reduce the Costs of Machining Operations
  4. Save money by avoiding costly operations like machining grooves and threads, drilling and tapping holes, etc. With the time saved in these areas, quality and throughput is increased.

  5. Reduce the Costs of Assembly Operations & Cycle Time
  6. It’s the easy solution when it comes to reducing cycle times: reduce the number of hardware parts and operations that need to be done to a part. This could be installing a retaining ring or cotter pin, or driving a screw or a nut. Permanent part assembly means shorter cycle times and more parts moved down the line.

  7. Superior Retention
  8. Compared to cotter pins, retaining rings, and Loctite® adhesives, permanent part assembly has a much better retention level. There’s a reason the word permanent is in the title.

  9. Improved Aesthetics
  10. If you’re concerned with how your finished parts look, permanent processes deliver some of the best aesthetics. As we mentioned earlier, loose the retaining rings and cotter pins; make it look clean and finished with a formed head instead.
    There is not a “one size fits all” solution for permanent part assembly. But you could start receiving these benefits by switching your assembly process. If your product doesn’t need to be taken apart, for shipping, maintenance, or repair, then consider switching to a process like orbital forming, impact riveting, roller forming, or hot upset riveting. Orbitform is an expert in delivering unbiased approaches to help our customers find the very best process to fit their needs.

For more information on Permanent Part Assembly, read our white paper [attach link to whitepaper PDF]

Dec
17

Roller Forming Applications: Static Vs. Articulating

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Orbitform has been designing and building assembly equipment since 1984. One of the areas we have specialized in is Roller Forming. We have two different types, articulating and static. Both of these serve their own purposes, and can offer you an assembly advantage.
Roller Forming is a non-impact process using a spinning Roller Head with two or more rollers to apply a symmetrical force to form the part. Roller forming is used for flaring, forming a lip, crimping, or forming a groove in cylindrical parts too large for other processes. This is where the two types of roller heads come in.

Static Roller Heads

Static roller heads are used when forming a lip around a cylindrical part. These heads have spinning rollers that use down-force from one of Orbitform’s standard powerheads to create an aesthetically pleasing lip on a surface. These roller heads are both consistent and efficient, and the non-impact nature combined with precision and accuracy allow for the forming of delicate and brittle materials. Through use of an o-ring or gaskets, it is possible to form sealed caps on the end of cylindrical parts.

Articulating Roller Heads

Articulating heads are most often used for either forming a groove in a part or when there are obstructions to clear in order to form a lip. These parts use 360o Contact while forming, so there is consistent action while forming the part. These roller heads can deliver forming forces up to 5,000 lbs. @ 100 psi. These roller heads can bring new advantages to your forming process.

The Assembly Advantage

Orbitform has been delivering assembly solutions for manufacturing since 1984. With experience in riveting, forming, conveyors, assembly systems, and welding, we have the ability to offer you an unbiased assembly solution. For more information about Roller Forming or any other process mentioned here, visit our website at www.orbitform.com or call 800-957-4838.

Dec
16

We'll Help You Out

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When you need a small batch of parts assembled, Orbitform’s Assembly Solutions Lab can be a cost effective option. We have both the assembly equipment and the knowhow. The Assembly Solutions Lab offers a wide range of Orbital, Radial, and Impact Riveters, as well as Roller Forming and Hot Upset systems. With 30 years of assembly experience, or application engineers are the assembly experts. They know how to fabricate the proper tooling, and how to correctly fixture parts for a consistent and repeatable form. Orbitform customers are welcome to visit our lab and observe the assembly process in action. So whether you need 5, 50, 500, or 5000 parts, Orbitform has you covered.

The Assembly Experts

We have the know-how to bring your assembly goals into reality. To learn more about Orbitform, Production Runs, or anything talked about here, call us today at 800-957-4838 or click here.

Nov
27

Multi-Form Heads For Orbital Forming

At Orbitform, we are dedicated to helping our customers increase throughput and reduce costs. One of the ways which we do this is through multi-form heads. These options operate similar to Orbital, but make it possible to form multiple rivets on the same part or rivets across multiple parts at the same time. These heads are used throughout the assembly automation process, providing advantages like cost reduction, quality increase, and cycle time reduction for high volume production. Multi-forming is typically done with one of two options: Multi-Spindle and Multi-Point. Both of these options allow the possibility of forming multiple rivets

Multi-Spindle Heads

Multi-spindle heads use an Orbital Powerhead to produce forming motion and force. Multiple Orbital heads attach to the multi-spindle head, forming multiple rivets at the same time. These rivets can either be across multiple parts or on the same part. Center distances for multi-spindle applications are dependent on rivet size and corresponding Orbital head used for forming. Multi-spindle forming is not restricted to a single plane since separate spindles and orbital heads are used for each rivet. These heads can be designed for different heights in relationship to one another.

Run more parts per cycle,
increase throughput, and reduce costs.

Multi-Point Heads

Multi-point heads use fixed center forming peens on a single eccentric driven head to form rivets set close together. Multi-point applications form multiple rivets on the same part to reduce cycle time and part handling, leading to more throughput and higher efficiency. Anyone manufacturing small parts with rivets set close together can benefit from multi-point forming. Center distances for applications can range from as little as .188” (4.7mm) to 3” (76 mm).

The Assembly Experts

Orbitform is an expert in assembly solutions. Multi-point and multi-spindle are just the beginning when it comes to optimizing your assembly process. Options like x-y shuttle automation, index dial tables, multi-station forming systems, and complex conveyor systems are all areas that Orbitform has experience in. If you are interested in any of these products, visit www.orbitform.com or call (800) 957-4838 for more information. Orbitform…solutions delivered.

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