Orbitform LLC

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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Processes & Services
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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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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]


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]


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]


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]

Oct 06
Today 40 students from Jackson High School ventured down Executive Drive to discover the world of manufacturing that takes place in the 120,000 square foot facility, known as Orbitform. This opportunity was brought to them via an event called Manufacturing Day. This event targeted high school students curious about the manufacturing industry. These students toured [click here for more]

Oct 02
If we keep our proverbial skeletons in the closet, our ghosts must surely reside in the nooks of our attics. Attics are shrines to the past: containing clothing three sizes too small, remnants of discarded hobbies, the ever-lingering scent of mothballs, and countless mutterings of “it’s around here somewhere”. Have you been up there lately? [click here for more]


Impact Riveting
Sep 25
Orbitform Data Logging system
The Orbitform Data Logging system is a simple solution for customers looking to gain intelligence about their assembly applications. Manufacturing engineers and plant floor technicians can export and log data created during an industrial assembly process when they incorporate the Orbitform data logging system. The Orbitform data logging system utilizes an industrial touchscreen panel that [click here for more]


Assembly Analysis
Sep 20
Join Orbitform at the Assembly Show 2017 October 24-26! The Orbitform booth is a show destination with industry-leading technology displayed on 1,500 square feet of floor space, including 17 forming, fastening, and automation machines, with live demonstrations. Use the standardized 20″ dial machine to assemble your own takeaway gift. Bring your parts to our booth [click here for more]

Sep 18
Hospital Furniture Riveting and Assembly
A midwest USA based manufacturer of healthcare industry furniture, learning facility desks, church chairs, and hospital beds was in a bind. They had received large orders for their products, but they did not have riveting nor assembly production capacity to meet the timeline of their customer. Orbitform stepped in to help the furniture manufacturer successfully [click here for more]

Sep 13
Fall is a time of traditions: Saturdays spent at the cider mill, hayrides through the woods, and hours spent raking leaves. One of our favorite traditions here at Orbitform is attending the Assembly Show. This show takes place in Rosemont, Illinois; starting on October 24th and ending October 26th. At Booth #505, Orbitform will display [click here for more]


Roller Forming
Sep 11
Riveting of Rotating Commercial Truck Part
A manufacturer of commercial vehicle suspension, lifting, and coupling products was looking to securely rivet a coupling assembly together that included a 5/8 inch diameter solid metal rivet. The rivet needed to be formed to a specific finished head diameter while also allowing the components to rotate freely following the orbital forming process. Orbitform’s applications [click here for more]

Sep 04
Milford Rivet Machine and Feeder Bowl
Milford Rivet & Machine Company began in 1940 and since that beginning the company has produced thousands of Milford riveting machines many of which are still in operation today. Originally headquartered in Milford, Connecticut, the Milford brand name has always stood tall in the riveting and fastening industry. Milford Rivet & Machine Company changed its [click here for more]


Impact Riveting
Aug 28
Luggage Riveted by Orbitform
Most people think of heavy duty mechanical device assembly when they think of Orbitform and Orbitform’s product lines of assembly equipment. The automotive industry, the aerospace industry, or the industrial equipment industry are often thought of first when associating Orbitform’s assembly equipment to a market sector. However, Orbitform impact riveting machines, orbital riveting machines, radial [click here for more]

Aug 21
Pneumatic Safety Probe on Riveting Machine
Safety is a top priority at Orbitform, not just in our own facility but in our customers’ factories as well. Therefore, we discuss assembly machine safety options with our customers for each machine we build. Available safety features and control options Include: safety probes, dual palm buttons, polycarbonate guarding, and light curtains. The Orbitform safety [click here for more]

Aug 14
DFMA image
Orbitform is often asked by product manufacturing and product assembly companies to help improve assembly processes in order to increase throughput, reduce expense, minimize cycle time, and improve quality. One of the first steps in seeking process improvement at the stage when a product is still in design mode, and is not yet in full [click here for more]

Aug 07
Orbitform Rollerhead
Prior to the development of the rollerforming assembly process, Orbitform used peen tools to form ball joints made of cast material. Forming parts with large diameters is difficult, if not impossible, with a peen, because of scrubbing or galling issues. To form large diameter parts, the corresponding peen diameter used for orbital forming is prohibitively [click here for more]


Roller Forming
Jul 31
ATS India Logo
Orbitform is proud to announce a new sales partnership with ATS India. Orbitform and ATS India will now be able to support product manufacturing and product assembly companies operating among the vast, growing, and technologically dynamic manufacturing community within India. ATS India offers Orbitform in country sales representation and direct customer support via the team [click here for more]


Jul 24
stainless steel riveting
Riveting with stainless steel rivets presents advantages and challenges. Rivets made of stainless steel are durable and corrosion resistant. Stainless steel rivets are also more difficult to upset due to the material strength of the rivets which requires more impact riveting force to upset the shank side of the rivet. Stainless steel rivets often require [click here for more]

Jul 17
bear and trash can
A manufacturer of bear proof garbage cans was looking for a better way of securing the bear proof latching and locking mechanism on their product line of animal proof waste receptacles. They wanted to look into riveting the edge trim sections on the upper lip of the trash bin and fastening the latch device with [click here for more]

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