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Orbital Vs Radial

What’s the difference?

We hear it all the time – what is the difference between orbital and radial riveting. It’s an important subject to discuss when designing a new assembly and looking for the right fastening or forming process. To help you better understand each process and find the right solution, we have put together a few comparisons to consider.

Forming a tenon

The most obvious difference in orbital and radial riveting is the tool path of the peen. With orbital riveting, the peen is held at a fixed angle, typically 6°, and rotates over the fastener in a circular motion. As it rotates along the tenon, it gently forms the material. The 6° angle uses up to 80% less force than a press and creates approximately a 10% sideload. Radial riveting is quite different. The radial peen tool begins in the center and forms outward in a fleurette design. This process creates less side load but requires more force as it travels directly over the tenon.

Common uses and considerations

Due to the forming force required, radial riveting is most often used with small and delicate parts, such as endoscopic medical tools or inside watch components. As the size of the rivet increases, so too does the forming force, making it harder for radial riveting to be completed on larger diameter rivets due to the tooling path. As the tooling path travels directly over the top of the rivet and approaches 0 °, shank swell is increased due to the increased forming force, which can limit the joint’s ability to articulate. With orbital riveting less forming force is required due to the angle of the peen and tool path. The indirect force applied to the tenon creates less shank swell and can allow for articulating joints. The range of assemblies benefiting from this type of riveting include pinion gears, industrial sprinklers, striker wires, etc. etc.

Maintenance

The largest consideration manufacturers should consider is the long-term cost of maintenance and tooling to be used for each type of forming. The tooling path of radial riveting is quite larger than that of orbital riveting. It takes 13 rotations of fleurettes to complete one full 360 ° pass with radial riveting, whereas an orbital path only takes one. For this reason, the internal components between the two types of powerheads differ greatly. Orbital heads include three industrial standard bearings held in place by a snap ring. Maintenance includes removing the snap ring, cleaning, greasing and replacing the bearings. This process, on average, takes around a half hour and should be completed every 40 hours of part contact. The bearings are a standard bearing that can be found at any tool supply shop, meaning you are able to replace bearings quickly in an emergency. The total cost to replace all internal components for an orbital head is minimal. Conversely, radial riveting requires more internal components to create the tool path. The range of movement creates friction and heat, causing internal components to break down quicker. It is critical to grease the internal bearing, pre-load spring and thrust cup every 40 machine hours (not contact hours as in orbital riveting) to limit heat. Also, the rubbing of the pre-load spring and thrust cup to create the florets and rotation creates galling and increased wear. As these components break down, required maintenance and machine downtime due to maintenance increases. Due to the complexity of the components, the cost of replacing internal components of a radial head is three to four times that of orbital riveting.

Making the choice

When choosing between orbital and radial riveting, total cost of ownership, joint function, size, forming force required, and future machine maintenance costs must be taken into consideration. The financial obligations and time required for maintenance are not to be taken lightly, as it can greatly affect your throughput. As you approach the initial design phase of a new project, call the experts at Orbitform to discuss your assembly requirements to determine the appropriate riveting process. Our Applications Engineers and Lab Technicians stand ready to work with you to find the best solution for your assembly.

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How to TUNE-UP Your Orbital Riveter

Orbitform Powerheads with interchangeable Spiral Cartridges. Orbitform Powerheads with interchangeable Spiral Cartridges.
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. Proper machine setup and maintenance is critical in achieving a desirable head form and consistent results.  With over 25-years of experience, Orbitform’s application engineers and service technicians have seen what can happen on the factory floor.  Here are a few tune-up tips to keep your orbital assembly equipment running smoothly, and producing quality parts. ALIGNMENT: To assure a quality head form it is critical that the center of the orbital head be aligned with the center of the rivet being formed.  A misalignment can produce undesired results, rejected parts and possible damage to bearings and the orbital head. Alignment issues can come from: the fixture, the part, and/or the machine setup.  The easiest method to check the alignment is with Orbitform’s Orbital Alignment Kit.  Typically on a 1/4” diameter rivet, the center of the orbital head should be within 0.004” Total Indicator Runout from the center of the rivet. THE PEEN:
Orbital Diagram Orbital Head, Peen Holder, and Peen.
The peen is the perishable tooling that touches the rivet or part being formed.  Make sure the peen-holder turns freely inside the orbital head.  The peen is held in place with a magnet or set screw and should be easy to remove.  Apply an anti-seize lubricant to its shank at least once a week. Check the peen for excessive wear.  Never sharpen or machine a worn peen.  Changing the length of the peen changes its point of contact, which can affect the resulting head form, and possibly lead to bearing failure.  Always replace worn tooling.  Make sure new tooling meets the standards for hardness, polish, and coating set by the manufacture. Check if the peen is too hot to touch after forming.  Excessive heat can lead to or indicate bearing failure.  A hot peen may mean it’s hitting the part too hard or dwelling on the part too long and/or not rotating properly.  The flow control on the Powerhead’s exhaust may need to be adjusted to increase or decrease the Powerhead’s advance rate. LUBRICATION: Orbitform’s Powerheads are lubed for life and require little preventative maintenance.  However, the orbital head should be inspected and greased after approximately 100 hours of forming time.  Do not confuse this with 100 hours of machine operation.  If a part takes 5 seconds to form, that would be one minute of forming-time for every 12 parts, one hour for 720 parts, or 72,000 parts for every 100 forming-hours.  Be careful not to over grease the orbital head. Typically, a single shot from a hand pump is all that’s needed.  Over greasing can create extra drag on the bearings and restrict the peen-holder from rotating freely. AIR: Orbitform’s Powerheads are rated to 100 psi of air pressure.  We generally size our Powerheads based on the air pressure available in the plant.  If the pressure on the factory floor drops, the Powerhead’s force will be diminished; this can effect cycle-time, and the overall head-form.  Verify the recommended air pressure is within the machine’s specification. Just as important as air pressure is air volume.  The more air-driven equipment added to a production line the greater the overall volume of air needed to run them.  Air pressure may be within limits, but the machines may be starved for air, which can affect cycle-time and forming results.  This is especially true when forming multiple rivets with quick forming cycles.  Make sure the lines can deliver the required volume of air; if not an accumulation tank may be needed. An orbital riveting or forming process can solve many challenging assembly requirements; a well-tuned machine is the key to consistent forming results and quality parts. Orbitform Group 1600 Executive Dr. Jackson, MI 49203 (517) 787-8447 www.orbitform.com

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M-1500

Orbitform’s modular M-1500 powerhead is assembled with top line components and is manufactured and assembled at Orbitform’s factory in Jackson, Michigan, USA. The hydraulic orbital riveting powerhead comes with many standard features and the orbital powerhead can be customized with several options to help monitor, control, and improve the orbital forming application being developed. Orbitform’s application engineers will listen and ask relevant questions in order to best specify the appropriate options to improve the riveting machine and/or assembly equipment being analyzed.

Standard Features and Specifications for Orbital Riveting or Orbital Forming Applications:

  • Electric motor with pre-wired 4-pin and 5-pin "mini-change" male connector (alternate voltage specifications available upon request)
  • Orbital head
  • Peen developed and tested for each application
  • Home switch to acknowledge when the tool is fully retracted
  • Limit switch to acknowledge when the tool is extended to the desired position
  • Deceleration switch
  • Orbitform powerheads are “lubed-for-life” with lifetime bearing and seal lubrication which allows for reduced lifetime maintenance expense and increased orbital forming equipment uptime.  (The forming heads of Orbitform’s competition require diligent preventive maintenance in order to stay in operation for more than a few months.)
  • Stroke adjustment knob on top of the powerhead with indicator mounted on the side of the powerhead to help you establish the stroke distance of the machine

Powerhead Options:

Electrical Options

  • 12 ft. motor cable with 4-pin "mini change" 90 degree female connector to allow you to quickly and easily connect the motor to your power supply control panel
  • 12 ft. limit switch cable with 5-pin “mini change” to allow you to quickly and easily connect the limit switch to your control panel

Mechanical Options

  • Offset motor mount to allow for a shorter machine height and/or to allow for a through spindle pressure pad
  • Gear reducer to reduce the RPM to allow for the optimal forming speed
  • Spindle brake to control the tool position or to stop the tool rotation for certain applications
  • Anti-rotate device to prevent the peen from rotating during certain assembly or forming applications
  • Powerhead mounting plate with ± 1 inch (25.4 mm) adjustment to allow for simpler, front flange mount integration of the Orbitform powerhead into your assembly system
  • Orbital alignment kit to help you set up the machine if the machine configurations change
  • Fabricated straight column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application
  • Fabricated c-frame column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application

Error Proofing, Process Monitoring, Process Control Options

  • Pressure pad (standard, height sensing, or programmable height sensing) to secure the work piece prior to forming or assembly, to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control, or to confirm part presence prior to continuing the assembly process
  • Loadcell force monitoring to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control / error proofing
  • LVDT (Linear Variable Displacement Transducer) for stroke position monitoring.  The LVDT is externally mounted.

Forming options

  • Multi-point or Multi-spindle head for orbital riveting or orbital forming of multiple rivets at the same time
  • Static rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly applications
  • Articulating rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly
  • Press head powerhead configuration and press tooling to allow the powerhead to act as a press for pressing parts together into any assembly

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M-1000

Orbitform’s modular M-1000 powerhead is assembled with top line components and is manufactured and assembled at Orbitform’s factory in Jackson, Michigan, USA. The hydraulic orbital riveting powerhead comes with many standard features and the orbital powerhead can be customized with several options to help monitor, control, and improve the orbital forming application being developed. Orbitform’s application engineers will listen and ask relevant questions in order to best specify the appropriate options to improve the riveting machine and/or assembly equipment being analyzed.

Extended stroke requirements?

Applications with similar orbital riveting or orbital forming force but requiring extended vertical clearance for part loading may benefit from the extended stroke Orbitform hydraulic powerhead model M-1006.
  • The M-1006 Orbitform powerhead has a total tool stroke distance of 6 in (152 mm) that is adjustable between 3 in to 6 in (76 mm to 152 mm)

Standard Features and Specifications for Orbital Riveting or Orbital Forming Applications:

  • Electric motor with pre-wired 4-pin and 5-pin "mini-change" male connector (alternate voltage specifications available upon request)
  • Orbital head
  • Peen developed and tested for each application
  • Home switch to acknowledge when the tool is fully retracted
  • Limit switch to acknowledge when the tool is extended to the desired position
  • Deceleration switch
  • Orbitform powerheads are “lubed-for-life” with lifetime bearing and seal lubrication which allows for reduced lifetime maintenance expense and increased orbital forming equipment uptime.  (The forming heads of Orbitform’s competition require diligent preventive maintenance in order to stay in operation for more than a few months.)
  • Stroke adjustment knob on top of the powerhead with indicator mounted on the side of the powerhead to help you establish the stroke distance of the machine

Powerhead Options:

Electrical Options

  • 12 ft. motor cable with 4-pin "mini change" 90 degree female connector to allow you to quickly and easily connect the motor to your power supply control panel
  • 12 ft. limit switch cable with 5-pin “mini change” to allow you to quickly and easily connect the limit switch to your control panel

Mechanical Options

  • Offset motor mount to allow for a shorter machine height and/or to allow for a through spindle pressure pad
  • Gear reducer to reduce the RPM to allow for the optimal forming speed
  • Spindle brake to control the tool position or to stop the tool rotation for certain applications
  • Anti-rotate device to prevent the peen from rotating during certain assembly or forming applications
  • Powerhead mounting plate with ± 1 inch (25.4 mm) adjustment to allow for simpler, front flange mount integration of the Orbitform powerhead into your assembly system
  • Orbital alignment kit to help you set up the machine if the machine configurations change
  • Fabricated straight column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application
  • Fabricated c-frame column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application

Error Proofing, Process Monitoring, Process Control Options

  • Pressure pad (standard, height sensing, or programmable height sensing) to secure the work piece prior to forming or assembly, to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control, or to confirm part presence prior to continuing the assembly process
  • Loadcell force monitoring to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control / error proofing
  • LVDT (Linear Variable Displacement Transducer) for stroke position monitoring.  The LVDT is externally mounted.

Forming options

  • Multi-point or Multi-spindle head for orbital riveting or orbital forming of multiple rivets at the same time
  • Static rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly applications
  • Articulating rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly
  • Press head powerhead configuration and press tooling to allow the powerhead to act as a press for pressing parts together into any assembly

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M-840

Orbitform’s modular M-840 powerhead is assembled with top line components and is manufactured and assembled at Orbitform’s factory in Jackson, Michigan, USA. The orbital riveting powerhead comes with many standard features and the orbital powerhead can be customized with several options to help monitor, control, and improve the orbital forming application being developed. Orbitform’s application engineers will listen and ask relevant questions in order to best specify the appropriate options to improve the riveting machine and/or assembly equipment being analyzed.

Standard Features and Specifications for Orbital Riveting or Orbital Forming Applications:

  • Electric motor with pre-wired 4-pin and 5-pin "mini-change" male connector (alternate voltage specifications available upon request)
  • Orbital head
  • Peen developed and tested for each application
  • Home switch to acknowledge when the tool is fully retracted
  • Limit switch to acknowledge when the tool is extended to the desired position
  • Deceleration switch
  • Orbitform powerheads are “lubed-for-life” with lifetime bearing and seal lubrication which allows for reduced lifetime maintenance expense and increased orbital forming equipment uptime.  (The forming heads of Orbitform’s competition require diligent preventive maintenance in order to stay in operation for more than a few months.)
  • Stroke adjustment knob on top of the powerhead with indicator mounted on the side of the powerhead to help you establish the stroke distance of the machine

Powerhead Options:

Electrical Options

  • 12 ft. motor cable with 4-pin "mini change" 90 degree female connector to allow you to quickly and easily connect the motor to your power supply control panel
  • 12 ft. limit switch cable with 5-pin “mini change” to allow you to quickly and easily connect the limit switch to your control panel

Mechanical Options

  • Offset motor mount to allow for a shorter machine height and/or to allow for a through spindle pressure pad
  • Gear reducer to reduce the RPM to allow for the optimal forming speed
  • Spindle brake to control the tool position or to stop the tool rotation for certain applications
  • Anti-rotate device to prevent the peen from rotating during certain assembly or forming applications
  • Powerhead mounting plate with ± 1 inch (25.4 mm) adjustment to allow for simpler, front flange mount integration of the Orbitform powerhead into your assembly system
  • Orbital alignment kit to help you set up the machine if the machine configurations change
  • Standard bench machine column (bench machine base is also available) to support the powerhead.  The bench machine column and base can be combined to provide a complete ready to use machine.
  • Standard pedestal machine column and base assembly
  • Fabricated straight column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application
  • Fabricated c-frame column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application

Error Proofing, Process Monitoring, Process Control Options

  • Pressure pad (standard, height sensing, or programmable height sensing) to secure the work piece prior to forming or assembly, to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control, or to confirm part presence prior to continuing the assembly process
  • Loadcell force monitoring to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control / error proofing
  • LVDT (Linear Variable Displacement Transducer) for stroke position monitoring.  The LVDT is externally mounted.

Forming options

  • Radial head for radial riveting or radial forming assembly applications when the radial forming process is preferred
  • Multi-point or Multi-spindle head for orbital riveting or orbital forming of multiple rivets at the same time
  • Static rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly applications
  • Articulating rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly
  • Press head powerhead configuration and press tooling to allow the powerhead to act as a press for pressing parts together into any assembly

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M-750

Orbitform’s modular M-750 powerhead is assembled with top line components and is manufactured and assembled at Orbitform’s factory in Jackson, Michigan, USA. The orbital riveting powerhead comes with many standard features and the orbital powerhead can be customized with several options to help monitor, control, and improve the orbital forming application being developed. Orbitform’s application engineers will listen and ask relevant questions in order to best specify the appropriate options to improve the assembly system being analyzed.

Extended stroke requirements?

Applications with similar orbital riveting or orbital forming force but requiring extended vertical clearance for part loading may benefit from the extended stroke Orbitform powerhead model M-753.
  • The M-753 Orbitform powerhead has a total tool stroke distance of 3.0 in (76 mm) that is adjustable between 0 in to 3.0 in (0 mm to 76 mm).

Standard Features and Specifications for Orbital Riveting or Orbital Forming Applications:

  • Electric motor with pre-wired 4-pin and 5-pin "mini-change" male connector (alternate voltage specifications available upon request)
  • Orbital head
  • Peen developed and tested for each application
  • Home switch to acknowledge when the tool is fully retracted
  • Limit switch to acknowledge when the tool is extended to the desired position
  • Deceleration switch
  • Orbitform powerheads are “lubed-for-life” with lifetime bearing and seal lubrication which allows for reduced lifetime maintenance expense and increased orbital forming equipment uptime.  (The forming heads of Orbitform’s competition require diligent preventive maintenance in order to stay in operation for more than a few months.)
  • Stroke adjustment knob on top of the powerhead with indicator mounted on the side of the powerhead to help you establish the stroke distance of the machine

Powerhead Options:

Electrical Options

  • 12 ft. motor cable with 4-pin "mini change" 90 degree female connector to allow you to quickly and easily connect the motor to your power supply control panel
  • 12 ft. limit switch cable with 5-pin “mini change” to allow you to quickly and easily connect the limit switch to your control panel

Mechanical Options

  • Offset motor mount to allow for a shorter machine height and/or to allow for a through spindle pressure pad
  • Gear reducer to reduce the RPM to allow for the optimal forming speed
  • Spindle brake to control the tool position or to stop the tool rotation for certain applications
  • Anti-rotate device to prevent the peen from rotating during certain assembly or forming applications
  • Powerhead mounting plate with ± 1 inch (25.4 mm) adjustment to allow for simpler, front flange mount integration of the Orbitform powerhead into your assembly system
  • Orbital alignment kit to help you set up the machine if the machine configurations change
  • Standard bench machine column (bench machine base is also available) to support the powerhead.  The bench machine column and base can be combined to provide a complete ready to use machine.
  • Standard pedestal machine column and base assembly
  • Fabricated straight column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application
  • Fabricated c-frame column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application

Error Proofing, Process Monitoring, Process Control Options

  • Pressure pad (standard, height sensing, or programmable height sensing) to secure the work piece prior to forming or assembly, to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control, or to confirm part presence prior to continuing the assembly process
  • Loadcell force monitoring to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control / error proofing
  • LVDT (Linear Variable Displacement Transducer) for stroke position monitoring.  The LVDT is externally mounted.

Forming options

  • Radial head for radial riveting or radial forming assembly applications when the radial forming process is preferred
  • Multi-point or Multi-spindle head for orbital riveting or orbital forming of multiple rivets at the same time
  • Static rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly applications
  • Articulating rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly
  • Press head powerhead configuration and press tooling to allow the powerhead to act as a press for pressing parts together into any assembly

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M-500

Orbitform’s modular M-500 powerhead is assembled with top line components and is manufactured and assembled at Orbitform’s factory in Jackson, Michigan, USA. The orbital riveting powerhead comes with many standard features and the orbital powerhead can be customized with several options to help monitor, control, and improve the orbital forming application being developed. Orbitform’s application engineers will listen and ask relevant questions in order to best specify the appropriate options to improve the riveting process and/or assembly process being analyzed.

Extended stroke requirements?

Applications with similar orbital riveting or orbital forming force but requiring extended vertical clearance for part loading may benefit from the extended stroke Orbitform powerhead models M-503 or M-506.
  • The M-503 Orbitform powerhead has a total tool stroke distance of 3.25 in (82 mm) that is adjustable between 1.6 in to 3.25 in (41 mm to 82 mm).
  • The M-506 Orbitform powerhead has a total tool stroke distance of 6 in (152 mm) that is adjustable between 3 in to 6 in (76 mm to 152 mm).

Standard Features and Specifications for Orbital Riveting or Orbital Forming Applications:

  • Electric motor with pre-wired 4-pin and 5-pin "mini-change" male connector (alternate voltage specifications available upon request)
  • Orbital head
  • Peen developed and tested for each application
  • Home switch to acknowledge when the tool is fully retracted
  • Limit switch to acknowledge when the tool is extended to the desired position
  • Orbitform powerheads are “lubed-for-life” with lifetime bearing and seal lubrication which allows for reduced lifetime maintenance expense and increased orbital forming equipment uptime.  (The forming heads of Orbitform’s competition require diligent preventive maintenance in order to stay in operation for more than a few months.)
  • Stroke adjustment knob on top of the powerhead with indicator mounted on the side of the powerhead to help you establish the stroke distance of the machine

Powerhead Options:

Electrical Options

  • 12 ft. motor cable with 4-pin "mini change" 90 degree female connector to allow you to quickly and easily connect the motor to your power supply control panel
  • 12 ft. limit switch cable with 5-pin “mini change” to allow you to quickly and easily connect the limit switch to your control panel

Mechanical Options

  • Offset motor mount to allow for a shorter machine height and/or to allow for a through spindle pressure pad
  • Gear reducer to reduce the RPM to allow for the optimal forming speed
  • Spindle brake to control the tool position or to stop the tool rotation for certain applications
  • Anti-rotate device to prevent the peen from rotating during certain assembly or forming applications
  • Powerhead mounting plate with ± 1 inch (25.4 mm) adjustment to allow for simpler, front flange mount integration of the Orbitform powerhead into your assembly system
  • Orbital alignment kit to help you set up the machine if the machine configurations change
  • Standard bench machine column (bench machine base is also available) to support the powerhead.  The bench machine column and base can be combined to provide a complete ready to use machine.
  • Standard pedestal machine column and base assembly
  • Fabricated straight column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application
  • Fabricated c-frame column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application

Error Proofing, Process Monitoring, Process Control Options

  • Pressure pad (standard, height sensing, or programmable height sensing) to secure the work piece prior to forming or assembly, to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control, or to confirm part presence prior to continuing the assembly process
  • Loadcell force monitoring to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control / error proofing
  • LVDT (Linear Variable Displacement Transducer) for stroke position monitoring.  The LVDT is externally mounted.

Forming options

  • Radial head for radial riveting or radial forming assembly applications when the radial forming process is preferred
  • Multi-point or Multi-spindle head for orbital riveting or orbital forming of multiple rivets at the same time
  • Static rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly applications
  • Articulating rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly
  • Press head powerhead configuration and press tooling to allow the powerhead to act as a press for pressing parts together into any assembly

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M-310

Orbitform’s modular M-310 powerhead is assembled with top line components and is manufactured and assembled at Orbitform’s factory in Jackson, Michigan, USA. The orbital riveting powerhead comes with many standard features and the orbital powerhead can be customized with several options to help monitor, control, and improve the orbital forming application being developed. Orbitform’s application engineers will listen and ask relevant questions in order to best specify the appropriate options to improve the automated assembly machine being analyzed.

Extended stroke requirements?

Applications with similar orbital riveting or orbital forming force but requiring extended vertical clearance for part loading may benefit from the extended stroke Orbitform powerhead model M-320.
  • The M-320 Orbitform powerhead has a total tool stroke distance of 2.5 in (64 mm) that is adjustable between 0 in to 2.5 in (0 mm to 64 mm).

Standard Features and Specifications for Orbital Riveting or Orbital Forming Applications:

  • Electric motor (3/4 HP, 1140 RPM, 220V or 440V / 60Hz / 3-Phase) with pre-wired 4-pin and 5-pin "mini-change" male connector (alternate voltage specifications available upon request)
  • Orbital head (HS-310)
  • Peen developed and tested for each application
  • Home switch to acknowledge when the tool is fully retracted
  • Limit switch to acknowledge when the tool is extended to the desired position
  • Orbitform powerheads are “lubed-for-life” with lifetime bearing and seal lubrication which allows for reduced lifetime maintenance expense and increased orbital forming equipment uptime.  (The forming heads of Orbitform’s competition require diligent preventive maintenance in order to stay in operation for more than a few months.)
  • Stroke adjustment knob on top of the powerhead with indicator mounted on the side of the powerhead to help you establish the stroke distance of the machine

Powerhead Options:

Electrical Options

  • 12 ft. motor cable with 4-pin "mini change" 90 degree female connector to allow you to quickly and easily connect the motor to your power supply control panel
  • 12 ft. limit switch cable with 5-pin “mini change” to allow you to quickly and easily connect the limit switch to your control panel

Mechanical Options

  • Offset motor mount to allow for a shorter machine height and/or to allow for a through spindle pressure pad
  • Gear reducer to reduce the RPM to allow for the optimal forming speed
  • Spindle brake to control the tool position or to stop the tool rotation for certain applications
  • Anti-rotate device to prevent the peen from rotating during certain assembly or forming applications
  • Powerhead mounting plate with ± 1 inch (25.4 mm) adjustment to allow for simpler, front flange mount integration of the Orbitform powerhead into your assembly system
  • Orbital alignment kit to help you set up the machine if the machine configurations change
  • Standard bench machine column (bench machine base is also available) to support the powerhead.  The bench machine column and base can be combined to provide a complete ready to use machine.
  • Fabricated straight column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application
  • Fabricated c-frame column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application

Error Proofing, Process Monitoring, Process Control Options

  • Pressure pad (standard, height sensing, or programmable height sensing) to secure the work piece prior to forming or assembly, to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control, or to confirm part presence prior to continuing the assembly process
  • Loadcell force monitoring to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control / error proofing
  • LVDT (Linear Variable Displacement Transducer) for stroke position monitoring.  The LVDT is externally mounted.

Forming options

  • Radial head for radial riveting or radial forming assembly applications when the radial forming process is preferred
  • Multi-point or Multi-spindle head for orbital riveting or orbital forming of multiple rivets at the same time
  • Static rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly applications
  • Articulating rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly
  • Press head powerhead configuration and press tooling to allow the powerhead to act as a press for pressing parts together into any assembly

Filed Under

M-240

Orbitform’s modular M-240 powerhead is assembled with top line components and is manufactured and assembled at Orbitform’s factory in Jackson, Michigan, USA.  The orbital riveting powerhead comes with many standard features and the orbital powerhead can be customized with several options to help monitor, control, and improve the orbital forming application being developed.  Orbitform’s application engineers will listen and ask relevant questions in order to best specify the appropriate options to improve the manual or automatic assembly process being analyzed.

Standard Features and Specifications for Orbital Riveting or Orbital Forming Applications:

  • Electric motor (1/3 HP, 1725 RPM, 115V / 60Hz / 1-Phase) with pre-wired 4-pin and 5-pin "mini-change" male connector (alternate voltage specifications available upon request)
  • Orbital head (HS-310)
  • Peen developed and tested for each application
  • Home switch to acknowledge when the tool is fully retracted
  • Limit switch to acknowledge when the tool is extended to the desired position
  • Orbitform powerheads are “lubed-for-life” with lifetime bearing and seal lubrication which allows for reduced lifetime maintenance expense and increased orbital forming equipment uptime.  (The forming heads of Orbitform’s competition require diligent preventive maintenance in order to stay in operation for more than a few months.)
  • Stroke adjustment knob on top of the powerhead with indicator mounted on the side of the powerhead to help you establish the stroke distance of the machine

Powerhead Options:

Electrical Options

  • 12 ft. motor cable with 4-pin "mini change" 90 degree female connector to allow you to quickly and easily connect the motor to your power supply control panel
  • 12 ft. limit switch cable with 5-pin “mini change” to allow you to quickly and easily connect the limit switch to your control panel

Mechanical Options

  • Offset motor mount to allow for a shorter machine height and/or to allow for a through spindle pressure pad
  • Gear reducer to reduce the RPM to allow for the optimal forming speed
  • Spindle brake to control the tool position or to stop the tool rotation for certain applications
  • Anti-rotate device to prevent the peen from rotating during certain assembly or forming applications
  • Powerhead mounting plate with ± 1 inch (25.4 mm) adjustment to allow for simpler, front flange mount integration of the Orbitform powerhead into your assembly system
  • Standard bench machine column (bench machine base is also available) to support the powerhead.  The bench machine column and base can be combined to provide a complete ready to use machine.
  • Fabricated straight column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application
  • Fabricated c-frame column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application
  • Orbital alignment kit to help you set up the machine if the machine configurations change

Error Proofing, Process Monitoring, Process Control Options

  • Pressure pad (standard, height sensing, or programmable height sensing) to secure the work piece prior to forming or assembly, to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control, or to confirm part presence prior to continuing the assembly process
  • Loadcell force monitoring to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control / error proofing
  • LVDT (Linear Variable Displacement Transducer) for stroke position monitoring.  The LVDT is externally mounted.

Forming Options

  • Radial head for radial riveting or radial forming assembly applications when the radial forming process is preferred
  • Multi-point or Multi-spindle head for orbital riveting or orbital forming of multiple rivets at the same time
  • Static or articulating rollerhead options for roller forming or roller assembly applications
  • Press head powerhead configuration and press tooling to allow the powerhead to act as a press for pressing parts together into any assembly

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M-125

Orbitform’s modular M-125 powerhead is assembled with top line components and is manufactured and assembled at Orbitform’s factory in Jackson, Michigan, USA.  The orbital riveting powerhead comes with many standard features and the orbital powerhead can be customized with several options to help monitor, control, and improve the orbital forming application being developed.  Orbitform’s application engineers will listen and ask relevant questions in order to best specify the appropriate options to improve the assembly process being analyzed.

Standard Features and Specifications for Orbital Riveting or Orbital Forming Applications:

  • Electric motor (1/9 HP, 1800 RPM, 115V / 50-60Hz / 1-Phase) with pre-wired 4-pin "mini-change" male connector (alternate voltage specifications available upon request)
  • Orbital head (HS-250)
  • Peen developed and tested for each application
  • Orbitform powerheads are “lubed-for-life” with lifetime bearing and seal lubrication which allows for reduced lifetime maintenance expense and increased orbital forming equipment uptime.  (The forming heads of Orbitform’s competition require diligent preventive maintenance in order to stay in operation for more than a few months.)

Powerhead Options:

Electrical Options

  • Home switch to acknowledge when the tool is fully retracted
  • Limit switch to acknowledge when the tool is extended to the desired position
  • 12 ft. motor cable with 4-pin "mini change" 90 degree female connector to allow you to quickly and easily connect the motor to your power supply control panel
  • 12 ft. limit switch cable with 5-pin “mini change” to allow you to quickly and easily connect the limit switch to your control panel

Mechanical Options

  • Offset motor mount to allow for a shorter machine height and/or to allow for a through spindle pressure pad
  • Gear reducer to reduce the RPM to allow for the optimal forming speed
  • Spindle brake to control the tool position or to stop the tool rotation for certain applications
  • Anti-rotate device to prevent the peen from rotating during certain assembly or forming applications
  • Powerhead mounting plate with ± 1 inch (25.4 mm) adjustment to allow for simpler, front flange mount integration of the Orbitform powerhead into your assembly system
  • Orbital alignment kit to help you set up the machine if the machine configurations change
  • Standard bench machine column (bench machine base is also available) to support the powerhead.  The bench machine column and base can be combined to provide a complete ready to use machine.
  • Fabricated straight column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application
  • Fabricated c-frame column to be engineered specifically for your automated assembly application

Error Proofing, Process Monitoring, Process Control Options

  • Pressure pad (standard, height sensing, or programmable height sensing) to secure the work piece prior to forming or assembly, to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control, or to confirm part presence prior to continuing the assembly process
  • Loadcell force monitoring to assist with assembly process monitoring / process control / error proofing
  • LVDT (Linear Variable Displacement Transducer) for stroke position monitoring.  The LVDT is externally mounted.

Forming Options

  • Radial head for radial riveting or radial forming assembly applications when the radial forming process is preferred
  • Static rollerhead for roller forming or roller assembly applications
  • Press head powerhead configuration and press tooling to allow the powerhead to act as a press for pressing parts together into any assembly

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