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Troubleshooting Common Feeding Challenges

Impact riveting is an assembly process that uses force to permanently fasten two or more components together with a semi-tubular or solid rivet. Rivets are often automatically fed from a hopper or bowl through a track and into the jaws. Then the driver pushes the rivet through the components and onto the rollset to form the other end, securing the components together. The advantages of impact riveting are the cycle time is fast, the assembly operation is simple, and the rivets are automatically fed into the tooling.

Occasionally, manufacturers may experience feeding challenges with impact riveting equipment. The problem could be found in the hopper or bowl being used, the track that feeds the rivets to the tooling, or in the tooling itself. Below are a few things to check for if you are experiencing challenges with your rivet feeding.

Hopper or Bowl Related Feeding Challenges

Impact riveting equipment with a flywheel design often uses either a rotary hopper or vibratory bowl to feed the rivets into the track. Here are a few common feeding challenges related to the hopper or bowl:

Track Related Feeding Challenges

After escaping from the bowl or hopper, rivets are fed down the track or rail guide into the tooling. The most common feeding challenge with the tracks is the rivets getting stuck. If this happens, here are a few things to look for:

Jaws Related Feeding Challenges

Once fed through the track, rivets are fed into the jaws. The jaws hold the rivet as it is being lowered to the part before being installed. Below are some of the common feeding issues seen at this point in the process and what to look for:

These items are just a few things to check if you are experiencing feeding challenges with your impact riveting equipment. Orbitform’s in-house Service team is also available to assist you with these challenges, or any other issues you may experience with your assembly equipment.  We can walk you through troubleshooting over the phone, and also have two full-time service technicians available for on-site service calls. If you need any assistance with your assembly equipment or experience extensive downtime, contact our service department today.

 

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