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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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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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]

Jul 10
kitchen spatula riveted with Orbitform utensil riveter
Kitchen utensil manufacturing companies often inquire about Orbitform riveting machines as a way to assemble spatulas, ladles, kitchen forks, slotted cooking spoons, salad tongs, and other types of food handling equipment. Food serving utensils of all shapes, sizes, and materials are efficiently and safely assembled when Orbitform utensil fastening riveting machines are used in the [click here for more]

Jul 03
Orbitally form rod over nut
Did you know the orbital forming process can be used to deform the end of threaded rods over nuts in order to create a permanent lock nut? Orbitform’s customer needed to perform this metal forming operation on the end of the threaded rod in order to secure the nut in place and also to create [click here for more]


Orbital Forming
Jun 26
Engine Lifter Roller Orbitally Formed by Orbitform
Carbide peen. 60 Rc hardness ASTM 52100 bearing steel. Automotive OEM high performance engine component. Special pressure pad. Process monitoring. The words and phrases above could cause some companies to walk away, or to wilt under the pressure, when used in conjunction with the product engineering and process development of a new automotive engine component. [click here for more]

Jun 19
Hot Upset Riveting and Hot Upset Forming
One of the more recent assembly processes Orbitform has developed is the hot upset riveting method of joining parts, fastening materials, or riveting components together. The hot upset forming methodology came to life when Orbitform was helping a customer rivet a door striker assembly. The striker assembly included a very hard metal striker wire to [click here for more]

Jun 12
Frying pan riveted by Orbitform
Cookware manufacturing companies utilize Orbitform riveting machines to assemble pots, pans, trays, skillets, and other types of cooking equipment and baking ware. Cooking gear of all shapes, sizes, and materials is efficiently and safely fastened when an Orbitform cookware riveter is included in the product assembly process. Types of Cookware Assembled with Riveting Machines Any [click here for more]

Jun 04
Orbital Forming a Round Axle into Plate with Hexagon Hole
We love running experiments in the Orbitform customer solutions lab! A customer asked us to test the orbital forming of a wheel shaft into and around the hexagon shaped hole in a plate. The plate acts as a wheel hub for a type of lawn and garden equipment. The customer desired to replace welding with [click here for more]

May 29
Hot Upset Riveting of Hardened Steel Rod into Hexagon Hole
An equipment manufacturer was welding a hardened steel rod into a hexagon shaped hole to prevent the part from rotating, but the welding method annealed the rod and vibration caused some assembled parts to fail. The increase in ductility and reduction in hardness of the steel rod as a result of the high heat introduce [click here for more]

May 22
Flush Self-Piercing Rivet Machines by Orbitform
Flush self-pierce riveting is a metal assembly process used to join two or more metals together. The flush self-pierce riveting process is used when there is a need to join dissimilar metals, when the metals being fastened have varying thicknesses, if pre-painted metal materials are to be joined, and/or if pre-coated materials are required to [click here for more]


Assembly Analysis
May 15
Milford riveting machine Safety Probe
Milford Rivet impact riveting machines built by Orbitform come equipped with safety devices which protect factory workers and increase the throughput of fastening and assembly processes. The safety probe is an excellent method to protect hands and fingers on riveting machines as the safety device reduces accidents at the point of operation where the operator’s [click here for more]


Impact Riveting
May 10
Oakland University Formula SAE Race Car
Driving into Orbitform this morning I saw exciting sights. A steady stream of trucks hauling race-car trailers decorated with college and university colors heading south down US-127 on their way to the race track. You see, this week is Formula SAE week at Michigan International Speedway near Jackson, Michigan. Just this morning I saw the [click here for more]

May 08
Medical Device with Orbital Riveting
Medical devices present unique challenges to the engineering and manufacturing world since many medical devices work inside the human body or are even permanently installed inside the human body. Thus, the medical device must be clean, smooth, safe, secure, dependable, and simple to install. A surgical implant medical device company approached Orbitform for help with [click here for more]

May 01
Flush Self-Pierce Riveting
The flush self-pierce riveting process is often compared to and confused with clinching. Clinching is a reliable and well known metal assembly process used in a variety of fastening applications, however there are assembly applications where the flush self-pierce riveting permanent assembly process has advantages over clinching. The most obvious factor differentiating flush self-pierce riveting [click here for more]

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]

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