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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
  • NEW Flush Self-Piercing Riveting

We Provide Services For:

  • Assembly Analysis
  • Tooling Development
  • Batch Production Runs

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Orbital Riveting / Forming

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

Radial Riveting Head

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

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

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

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

Touch Screen monitor on Orbitform Equipment

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

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Conveyors Palletized

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

Parts ride directly on roller or flat-top chain with minimum contact force. Used for high volume production and part buffering.

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Tooling Development

Orbitform Assemble Solutions Lab

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

Multiple Orbitform Systems

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

Batch Production Crates

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

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

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Nov 07
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Solutions Solved Orbitform has applied our core forming, joining, and assembly processes over the past 34 years, to 1000’s of applications, solving customers’ assembly challenges…..retaining a bearing, riveting the blade on a snow shovel, forming the tabs on a blower assembly, roller forming a tube end for airbag assemblies, and hot upset riveting automotive door [click here for more]

Nov 01
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A spare parts and tooling strategy is like a life insurance policy: you should have one, but you don’t realize the importance of it until you need it. Think of this strategy as risk mitigation for managing and limiting the potential for catastrophic failures. Some companies view investing in spare parts and tooling as a [click here for more]

Oct 29
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Orbitform’s 2018 Open House was a huge success! We hosted many customers from 8:30am – 4:30pm. The spotlight of our event showcased our Assembly Trade Show Booth, which we are exhibiting October 23rd – 25th at the Donald A. Stephens Center in Rosemont, IL. Our Open House was established to support those customers who are [click here for more]

Oct 19
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It’s a tragedy nobody expects will happen to them – a fire. There’s only a small window of opportunity to put it out before everything is lost. Industrial sprinkler systems are key to fire & safety protection in building structures. However, when sprinkler heads malfunction, the system only puts out a part of the fire, [click here for more]

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Orbital Forming
Oct 11
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Our Culture We, at Orbitform, pride ourselves on establishing a respectful, safe, and enjoyable work place environment. Team members support each other daily, the execution tasks toward completion of assembly projects from cradle to grave. Greeted by smiling faces and hospitality, we invite you to experience the “Orbitform Way”. Assembly Solutions Our sales team engages [click here for more]

Oct 03
Last week we shared the challenge we presented to a team of southcentral Michigan teens (What are the strategies and tactics for filling the pipeline of valid hiring candidates?). Their solution for filling the pipeline for Orbitform and other manufacturing companies is impressive and noteworthy. GET THE WORD OUT The students urged Orbitform to advertise [click here for more]

Sep 26
With the current trend in the manufacturing industry and the upswing of the economy, manufacturers are struggling to find people to fill jobs and satisfy production requirements. Orbitform is no exception to this trend. Skilled trades workers are hard to find. Upon considering this challenge, Orbitform turned to a local competition for high school students [click here for more]

Sep 12
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Growing With Purpose Milford Fastening Company began in 1940 as Milford Rivet & Machine Company and was recognized across the industry for building quality riveting machines, many of which are still in operation today. When Orbitform identified Milford as an acquisition target, company leaders saw an opportunity to gain a brand with significant marketplace recognition [click here for more]

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Impact Riveting
May 24
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Here at Orbitform, we believe in the future of manufacturing. Skilled trades are a lost art and investing in the future of manufacturing is a priority. Evidence of this drive to build the future of manufacturing can be seen in Orbitform’s sponsorship of The Academy for Manufacturing Careers in Jackson, MI, which provides skilled trades [click here for more]

May 18
Roller Forming Lip
A car is traveling down the road at 35 miles per hour. A deer runs out at the last-minute surprising the driver and causing him the yank the wheel and drive into a guard rail. The driver is not hurt, and the car appears to be working… or is it? In the abrupt halt, a [click here for more]

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Roller Forming
May 02
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At Orbitform, it all starts with the customer’s part.  An Orbitform customer needed an assembly process that required forming tungsten rivets. Tungsten has one of the highest melting points of any metal, requiring a unique assembly solution.   The customer was using hot riveting, which involved preheating the rivet with a torch and then forming [click here for more]

Apr 11
Rivet vs. Threaded Fastener
A parts manufacture was in a bind. Their original design used a threaded fastener to retain a roller, but the hardened nuts were failing under high stress and the company was obligated to deliver over 900 parts to their customer. The company contacted Orbitform’s application engineers for help. After examining the joint requirements and operating [click here for more]

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Orbital Forming
Mar 12
What is it about being human that makes testing the limits a necessity of life? As humans, we are always pushing boundaries and testing limits. We’ve discovered that if we work a little harder we can go a little further. By repeating this process over and over again we are able to walk many miles [click here for more]

Jan 29
Wear and tear is a normal part of life. When it comes to your machines, upkeep and maintenance are very important in extending the life of these long-term assets. With that being said, you can always have extra parts on hand for whenever you may need them. Orbitform boasts our Spare Parts and Tooling department, [click here for more]

Jan 22
Milford riveting machine Safety Probe
According to Merriam-Webster, the word “impactful” means having a forceful impact: producing a marked impression. Influential people that come to mind when you think of the word might be Mother Teresa, Gandhi, or Martin Luther King Jr. When asked to reflect on who has had the greatest impact in your life you might answer: a [click here for more]

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Impact Riveting
Jan 15
Whoever said lightning never strikes twice never met Phil Sponsler. Years of hard work and dedication to manufacturing have brought Phil into the spotlight for the second time in 2017. The Jackson Area Manufacturing Association honored Phil at their banquet on Monday, January 8th, as the JAMA Manufacturer of the Year. JAMA noticed the impact [click here for more]

Dec 04
Ever get a new pair of shoes that feel like they were made just for your feet? They hug and support your feet and just feel good. You’re walking on air. You feel supported- like you could run for miles. The same is true for parts that interact with our air collet fixturing, especially when [click here for more]

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Roller Forming
Nov 27
Over the past week, how many promotional emails have you received? I didn’t save mine to see an exact number, but I do know how laborious it was to go through and delete them at the end of the day. If I had to guess, I would estimate at about 100 a day for the [click here for more]

Nov 20
Idioms are groups of words that when said together, mean something different than if they were said alone or in their original context. A commonly used example of an idiom is “it’s raining cats and dogs.” While neither cats or dogs are commonly used to describe the rain, when used in this phrase a vivid [click here for more]

Nov 13
On this Monday after the Veterans Day Holiday, Orbitform would like to offer a warm and heartfelt thank you to the brave men and women who have fought for our nation. We appreciate everything that you have done for this country. Amidst the chaos and turmoil that has become so common in this modern world, [click here for more]

Nov 04
One of the first things that you notice when you walk into Orbitform is the pride that radiates through our people. We feel pride in our work, our products, and our company. We cherish each other and treat each other like family. There is more teasing, laughing, and celebrating than in some families. While some [click here for more]

Oct 30
You’ve worked all day. The last thing you want to do is cook dinner. You run into the grocery store to pick up a frozen pizza. You grab a few things and head to the checkout lane. The lady in front of you in line is taking forever. She doesn’t understand why the cashier won’t [click here for more]

Oct 23
Palletized Conveyor Systems Being Built at Orbitform
Can you imagine life without the automobile? Few of us can, as the first Model T was completed in Detroit on October 1, 1908. Over a hundred years ago, transportation changed forever. Out of this change, came a breakthrough in production- forever altering the manufacturing industry. This was the assembly line. The revolution came from [click here for more]

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Conveyors
Oct 16
Wow, what a day! Forget normal Monday brain or being a bit sleepy and trying to get back into the work week swing of things. Not today! Even in the rainy Michigan weather, the only thing on my mind today has been the trade show. In a week or so Orbitform is packing up shop [click here for more]

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Roller Forming
Oct 09
Water cooler talk. The idea is simple- initiate conversation about any particularly interesting topic to any passerby and hold the conversation for as long as possible. Tried and true topics for conversation include sporting event outcomes, the weather, the weekend, and workplace drama. While water cooler talk may not be as popular as it used [click here for more]

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