Product Highlight: The M-306 & M-506 Powerheads
Orbitform Engineers Find the Solution
Posted on 01/03/2019 | by The Orbitform Blog Team
The concept of the long stroke powerhead was born out of a necessity to solve a customer’s assembly challenge for an automotive side mirror. The interior tube sat so deep within the part that the stroke capacity of our existing powerheads was insufficient. As Orbitform engineers examined the application to find a solution, we envisioned a powerhead with a long enough stroke to reach the forming location and make the load and unload operations easier. This was the beginning of two new powerheads with adjustable stroke lengths up to 6.00’" – the M-306 and M-506.
The Orbitform Model M-306 Powerhead is similar to our M-310 Powerhead, with a forming capacity of up to 0.312" diameter mild steel. The difference is that, while the M-310 has a maximum stroke of 2.00", the M-306 has an adjustable stroke between 3.12" to 6.00". When mounted on our standard height adjustable column, the M-306 has a throat depth of 5.25" and a vertical height adjustment of 6.50".
The Orbitform Model 506 Powerhead is similar to our M-500 Powerhead, with a forming capacity of up to 0.500" diameter mild steel. The difference again is that, while the M-500 has a maximum stroke of 2.50", the M-506 has an adjustable stroke between 3.38" to 6.00". The M-506 has a throat depth of 8.00" and a vertical powerhead height adjustment of 10.00" when mounted on our standard height adjustable column.
Orbitform’s industry exclusive M-306 and M-506 powerheads are great for rivet locations that are deep within a part and require a longer reach. These powerheads can also eliminate the need for a 2-position slide for some applications. The powerheads provide enough clearance to load the part directly under the tooling, thus saving time and money for the customer.
Similar to our standard powerheads, the M-306 and M-506 can be provided as a component to be incorporated into a larger automated system, or as a standard Orbitform Bench Machine. Send us your part models today and we can determine if our long reach powerheads are right for your application.