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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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Apr 25
Milford Riveting Machine With Special Lower Tooling
I have heard of golf course hole layouts being shaped as a dog leg, but when I heard about the lower tooling on a Milford Rivet impact riveting machine being shaped as a goose neck that was a surprise. Orbitform’s rivet machine engineers recently helped a customer develop a riveter equipped with special offset lower [click here for more]

Apr 18
Jacktown Vectors FIRST Robot sponsored by Orbitform
The FIRST robotics team from Jackson, Michigan, the Jacktown Vectors, recently qualified for the FIRST World Championship competition to take place in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The Jacktown Vectors 9th place finish, out of the top 40 teams in Michigan, at the Michigan State Championship, held at Saginaw Valley State Universit,y [click here for more]

Apr 13
Vacuum Gripper Suction Pump Roller Formed by Orbitform Roller Forming Machine
Vacuum cup lifters and other vacuum powered lift assist devices are used to help people safely elevate hard to handle items such as glass plates, plastics, sheet metal, laminates, stone slabs and appliances. It is critical that the suction generating pumps powering the vacuum cups are well sealed in order to generate the suction pressure [click here for more]

Apr 06
There is a certain pop music song on the airwaves that goes something like this…”it’s all about that bass, about that bass, no treble…” When we hear that song, do you know what we think of? We think of our rivet machine competitors who only deal with one type of riveting process and often steer [click here for more]

Mar 28
Society of Manufacturing Engineers Visits Orbitform
If you ever want to give a factory tour to a group of smart, inquisitive, and fun people, then invite the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) to visit your manufacturing business. Orbitform recently had the pleasure of hosting several members of the Detroit, Ann Arbor, and Toledo chapters of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. The [click here for more]

Mar 21
Roller forming by Orbitform
Product manufacturers, metal fabricators, contract assemblers, and other manufacturing operations benefit from utilizing metal forming equipment of high quality, durability and flexibility. All things being equal, when a single machine can perform multiple metal forming operations, then the owner of the equipment is able to be more flexible and meet the needs of its customer [click here for more]

Mar 14
Girl Scouts #1
Orbitform had the pleasure of hosting 50 local area Girl Scouts to help them earn their Inventor and Product Design badges as part of the STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) program. They took a tour of the facilities, which included demonstrations in our assembly solutions lab. The demonstrations explained the different forming processes and [click here for more]

Mar 07
Aerospace Engine Blocker Door Assembly Machine
Ever heard of an aerospace blocker door? Any idea what a jet engine blocker door does? We didn’t know what an airplane blocker door was, nor what it’s function was, either until we were asked to help an aerospace industry supplier develop a machine to install bearings and verify the push out force required to [click here for more]

Feb 28
Rollerforming at Orbitform
What is happening in the Orbitform lab today? I’m glad you asked! An automotive supplier that specializes in manufacturing and assembling transmission clutches was facing some challenges with securing the oil dam to the clutch housing. They had heard that Orbitform had helped other clutch assembly customers attach oil dams to clutch housings before so [click here for more]

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Roller Forming
Feb 22
Custom Window Drum Winder Assembly Machine
A tier two automotive supplier asked Orbitform to design and build several custom workstations to assemble the drum winders, cables, and other components associated with the window regulator sub-assembly of an automotive door module the supplier was building. This project presented many challenges associated with: cycle time requirements, quality assurance factors, operator safety considerations, model [click here for more]

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Assembly Analysis
Feb 15
Orbitform Rollerforming Machine
An industrial company needed a better solution for a ball and socket joint, used in a hydrostatic pump piston, for assembly with a specified end-play range. The company’s previous process spun the part and was limited to forming the material in a horizontal direction. The material would flex back and allow too great an end-play [click here for more]

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Roller Forming
Feb 09
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Orbitform is excited to announce the purchase of all assets of Aaron’s machinery Corporation, of Chicago, Illinois. Aaron’s Machinery was in the riveting machine rebuild business for 36 years, starting in 1980. [click here for more]

Feb 01
Furniture Mechanism Riveted by Milford Rivet Machine
A designer and manufacturer of motion furniture components from the southeast region of the USA approached Orbitform for help assembling several furniture brackets for their new product line offering. The challenge included the requirement for one (1) single impact riveter capable of fastening a variety of rotating furniture supports using four (4) different semi-tubular rivets [click here for more]

Jan 22
Riveter Parts and Rivet Machine Tooling from Orbitform
Orbitform services, sells, sources, and/or manufactures all the replacement parts and tooling for Orbitform orbital riveting and orbital forming machines, Milford impact riveters, Orbitform flush self-pierce riveting machines, Orbitform hot upset riveting machines, Orbitform roller forming machines, and all the special assembly equipment Orbitform builds. Some of the most common parts and tooling required for [click here for more]

Jan 15
Bring Your Child to Work Day
Several Orbitform team members hosted their children for Bring Your Child to Work Day. It is always a pleasure for Orbitform employees to have the opportunity to show their children what happens here at Orbitform. The photo above shows one of Orbitform’s solutions lab technicians, John, demonstrating the function of one of Orbitform’s servo driven [click here for more]

Jan 08
Flush Self-Pierce Riveting Process
Many people believe the best method to permanently assemble metals is welding. Welding is certainly a well-known metal joining process, however welding is not always the optimal method for securing two pieces of metal together. If your metal assembly application is facing challenges such as inconsistency between welds from one joint to another, or if [click here for more]

Jan 01
Powerheads
Orbitform is machine design / machine build company in Jackson, Michigan. We manufacture several assembly equipment related product lines including; orbital riveting machines, impact riveting machines, roller-forming machines, other product assembly machines, and metal forming machines. We also manufacture the tooling, replacement parts, and automation that interfaces with these machines along with incorporating process controls / [click here for more]

Nov 08
Servo Riveting Machine with Torque Check for Quality Control
An automotive Tier 1 supplier learned of Orbitform’s new Servo-Driven orbital riveter, and contacted Orbitform to engage in process testing. [click here for more]

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Orbital Forming
Nov 01
Medical Device Riveted by Orbitform
Orbitform has extensive experience with the permanent assembly of medical devices, from delicate laparoscopic instruments, to adjustable hospital beds and tables, to durable gurney wheels. Whether you need a clean room compliant work cell or a fully automated assembly system, Orbitform is your one-stop shop. Orbitform, Assembly Equipment Solutions for Manufacturing since 1984. [click here for more]

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Orbital Forming
Oct 25
Articulating Rollerforming Machine by Orbitform
Orbitform’s Articulating Rollerhead with Process Intelligence offers force and distance monitoring during each Rollerform cycle. This new product is mounted to a draw bar spindle removing the rotary air coupler, creating a more compact and rigid design. This new product feature can be retrofitted to an existing articulating Rollerhead package. Learn More! [click here for more]

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Roller Forming
Oct 18
An Automotive Tier 1 supplier needed a solution for a hinge assembly that was causing challenges on the factory floor. The company originally chose a low cost solution from an Orbitform competitor. This decision resulted in not being able to achieve a consistent joint assembly to product specification. The product specifications included a minimum shear [click here for more]

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Orbital Forming
May 13
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Orbitform's customer solutions lab received several sample parts from a specialty food and drink distributor in order to determine the best assembly process to permanently secure a hopper lid and a crank handle to the final coffee mill product assembly. [click here for more]

Mar 30
Powerheads
Permanently assembling parts using an orbital process offers many advantages including: 80% less force required than a conventional press, a low profile aesthetically appealing head-form, low cost fasteners, a high strength joint, and the option to allow a joint to rotate. [click here for more]

Feb 19
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David Shirkey, Orbitform's CFO, was recently featured as part of Oakland University's 2016 edition of the Oakland Engineer Magazine. [click here for more]

Feb 17
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The word “best” can be a tricky word sometimes. In order to answer the question of which riveting machine type is best for your fastening process it is important to start by defining your objectives. Some helpful tips include creating a list of the assembly factors important to the components you are assembling and developing [click here for more]

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