Three Ways to Save Money With Permanent Assembly
A Cost Effective Solution
Posted on 05/08/2019 | by The Orbitform Blog Team
How do you assemble your part? There are seemingly infinite ways to assemble, fasten, and adhere your part together. How do you decide? It starts with whether or not you need to take your part apart, as some processes result in permanent bonds.
At Orbitform, we specialize in permanent part assembly. When your part doesn’t need to be taken apart, permanent part assembly provides an effective solution, both in cost and results.
Reasons to choose Permanent Assembly
There are many reasons why a part doesn’t need to be taken apart.
- It could be a matter of personal or operational safety. Disassembly may be unsafe for the operator or a liability if it occurs during operation.
- If there are extreme forces during operations, such as vibrational, shock, or push/pull forces, permanent assembly results in a stronger joint that can withstand such forces.
- Regulatory laws or industry standards may also require that parts be permanently assembled.
- Components in larger assemblies may also require a more permanent bond.
- In some cases, you don’t want anyone taking it apart.
Permanent assembly does more than meet meeting application requirements - it also provides a cost-effective solution. If your part doesn’t require disassembly, permanent part assembly processes could decrease your manufacturing costs and increase your profits:
1. Fastening hardware– Using permanent part assembly processes can reduce or eliminate the need for additional fastening hardware. The fastener and the part are securely and permanently joined together with permanent assembly processes. Hardware such as retaining rings, washers, nuts, bolts, cotter pins, or threaded fasteners may no longer be required, resulting in cost savings.
2. Machining Operations– Permanent assembly can reduce the cost of some machining operations. The need to machine grooves or threads can be eliminated when switching from a threaded fastener to a solid rivet. Tapping or drilling holes can also be reduced if self-piercing riveting operations are employed. These are just a few examples of machining operations that can be reduced or eliminated, saving both time and money.
3. Assembly Operations & Cycle Time– By reducing the pieces of hardware required or machining operations needed, you can also reduce cycle time. Instead of driving a screw or nut, permanent assembly can quickly form a rivet or tenon to securely fasten a part together. Impact riveting can install a rivet in 1 second, providing a quicker cycle time than other processes. When cycle time and assembly operations are reduced, you receive higher throughput and more parts being assembled.
Permanent part assembly has many advantages. Whether the joint needs to withstand high operational forces, remain assembled for safety reasons, or for any other reason, permanent assembly process are effective, both in reliability and cost-effectiveness. Contact Orbitform’s assembly experts today and let us guide you to the correct permanent assembly process for your application.