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Orbitform offers many accessories to improve the orbital, radial, or impact processes, increasing throughput, reducing cycle time, increasing safety, reducing the machine footprint, and improving the operator interface. Options such as process monitoring and/or process control can greatly reduce scrap and assure consistent quality.

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  • Models
  • Anti-Rotate Device
  • Clutch Brake
  • Gear Reducer
  • Loadcell Force Monitoring
  • LVDT Stroke Monitoring
  • Offset Motor Mount
  • Programmable Height Sensing Pressure Pad
  • Remote Stroke Adjust
  • Servo Adjustable Hard Stop
  • Through Spindle Pressure Pad

The Orbitform anti-rotate devices are mounted on multi-point forming heads and on some orbital heads when the specific orientation of forming is important to the assembly application or when it is important to prevent / reduce galling or rubbing between the peen tool and the rivet.

What is the Anti-Rotate Device?

The anti-rotate device is a tool mounted to the side of the orbital powerhead that maintains the orientation of the peen forming tool during the orbital riveting or orbital forming assembly operation.

Why is the Anti-Rotate Device important?

The anti-rotate device is important because there are various orbital forming and orbital riveting applications where it is necessary to maintain the orientation of the peen tool to the rivet (or post) being orbitally formed.

How does the Anti-Rotate Device help?

The anti-rotate device helps your product assembly process by ensuring the proper orientation between the orbital peen tool and the workpiece being formed.  The anti-rotate device also helps prevent or reduce galling or rubbing that can be caused by the peen tool interacting with a small diameter rivet.

Examples of Where an Anti-Rotate Device is used?

There are several examples of where an anti-rotate device is used during an orbital forming assembly process:

  • When there is a need to maintain the orientation of the forming peen in relation to the rivet or post being formed.  An example of this is when there is a ledge that is higher than the final form height of the rivet.  The peen may need to have a flat shape machined into the side of the peen in order for the peen to have clearance to the side of the ledge.  The anti-rotate device is applied in this case to maintain the orientation of the flat sided peen so the flat side stays clear of the ledge.
  • When riveting a product with a small diameter rivet, depending on the material of the rivet, it is possible that the peen tool could actually cause the rivet to rotate.  This rivet rotation can cause galling or rubbing to occur which can damage or disfigure the rivet.  The installation of an anti-rotate device helps to reduce or eliminate this galling effect and helps improve the product quality and assembly process.  The galling can be a negative cosmetic or negative functional aspect to be avoided.
  • All Orbitform multi-point forming heads require the use of the anti-rotate device as part of the multi-point forming head design.

Clutch brakes are installed on Orbitform powerheads when there is a need to allow the motor to continue running while stopping the rotation of the spindle.

What is the Clutch Brake?

The clutch brake is an optional accessory sometimes incorporated with Orbitform powerheads to stop the spindle from rotating without shutting down the powerhead motor. The clutch brake is installed between the motor and the powerhead housing and can be used is most applications including when a gear reducer is required and/or when an offset motor mount is installed.

Why is the Clutch Brake important?

The clutch brake is important because sometimes it is necessary to stop the spindle from spinning without shutting down the powerhead motor. The clutch brake allows the machine's motor starter to operate longer since the motor starter will perform for a longer duration of time if there are fewer stops and starts of the motor.

How does the Clutch Brake help?

The clutch brake helps your product assembly process by allowing the orbital forming spindle to stop rotating while keeping the powerhead motor running.

Examples of Where an Clutch Brake is used?

There are several examples of where a clutch brake is used during an orbital forming assembly process:

  • Roller forming applications require a clutch brake
  • Safety considerations due to operator interaction with the machine or when required by law as in Canada
  • When the assembly process involves many stops and start of the powerhead motor

Gear reducers are mounted on Orbitform powerheads in the scenario where a roller forming head or a multi-point forming head are involved in the product assembly process.

What is the Gear Reducer?

The gear reducer is an optional mechanical accessory installed between the powerhead housing and the motor.

Why is the Gear Reducer important?

The gear reducer is important because it is sometimes necessary to reduce the rotational speed of the forming tooling being used to assembly the parts in a roller forming and/or multi-point forming or assembly application.

How does the Gear Reducer help?

The gear reducer helps your product assembly process by allowing the roller forming tooling or multi-point forming head to engage with the product being assembled at the correct RPM. The gear reducer helps provide greater consistency and precision for the forming process by allowing the fine tuning of the forming speed.

Examples of Where an Gear Reducer is used?

There are several examples of where an gear reducer is used during an orbital forming assembly process:

  • Roller forming applications as a method of: 1) reducing the rotation speed of the roller forming head, 2) to extend the performance life of the bearings within the roller forming head, and 3) to prevent the rollers from skidding across the part(s) being roller formed
  • Multi-point forming and assembly applications

Loadcell force monitoring is an optional powerhead accesory installed on Orbitform powerheads when process monitoring or process control is required.

What is Loadcell Force Monitoring?

Loadcell force monitoring is an optional powerhead accesory installed on Orbitform powerheads when the assembly application requires process monitoring or process control.

Why is Loadcell Force Monitoring important?

Loadcell force monitoring is important because there are several assembly processes that require the riveting force to be monitored or controlled in order to attain the desired finished assembly parameters. Loadcell force monitoring allows for machine stroke position feedback.

How does Loadcell Force Monitoring help?

Loadcell force monitoring helps your product assembly process by allowing for the monitoring or control of the force applied to the forming or riveting process. With loadcell force monitoring you are able to optimize the assembly process to form the best possible rivet head every cycle.

Examples of Where Loadcell Force Monitoring is used?

There are several examples of where loadcell force monitoring is used during an orbital forming assembly process:

  • Forming to a minimum force during a riveting process
  • Monitoring the forming force applied during an assembly operation
  • Using the force applied information to differentiate between good parts and bad parts

LVDT stroke monitoring is optional powerhead accesory installed on Orbitform powerheads when the assembly application requires process monitoring or process control.

What is LVDT Stroke Monitoring?

LVDT stroke monitoring is optional powerhead accesory installed on Orbitform powerheads when the assembly application requires process monitoring or process control.

Why is LVDT Stroke Monitoring important?

LVDT stroke monitoring is important because there are several assembly processes that require the riveting distance to be monitored or controlled in order to attain the desired finished assembly parameters. LVDT stroke monitoring allows for machine stroke position feedback.

How does LVDT Stroke Monitoring help?

LVDT Stroke Monitoring helps your product assembly process by allowing for the monitoring or control of the forming or riveting distance achieved with the assembly process. With LVDT stroke monitoring you are able to optimize the assembly process to form the best possible rivet head every cycle.

Examples of Where LVDT Stroke Monitoring is used?

There are several examples of where LVDT stroke monitoring is used during an orbital forming assembly process:

  • Forming to a minimum distance during a riveting process
  • Monitoring the forming distance achieved during an assembly operation
  • Using the distance reached information to differentiate between good parts and bad parts

The offset motor mount is an optional powerhead modification allowing the powerhead motor to be mounted to the side of the powerhead thus allowing the powerhead to be: 1) shorter, or 2) equipped with a through spindle pressure pad.

What is the Offset Motor Mount?

The offset motor mount is an optional powerhead modification allowing the powerhead motor to be mounted to the side of the powerhead.

Why is the Offset Motor Mount important?

The offset motor mount is important in applications where the powerhead must be shorter (as is common with inverted or horizontal powerhead orientations), or when a through spindle pressure pad is to be incorporated in a roller forming application.

How does the Offset Motor Mount help?

The offset motor mount helps your product assembly process by allowing for the installation of a through spindle pressure pad in a roller forming application and/or by allowing the powerhead to be mounted in an inverted or horizontal orientation when a special assembly machine design requires the non standard orientation.

Examples of Where an Offset Motor Mount is used?

There are several examples of where an offset motor mount is used during an orbital forming assembly process:

  • When a a through spindle pressure pad is required in a roller forming application
  • When the powerhead is to be mounted in an inverted or horizontal orientation

The programmable height sensing pressure pad is an optional accessory installed when checking the rivet length or component "stack up" prior to initiating the forming or riveting operation is necessary.

What is the Programmable Height Sensing Pressure Pad?

The programmable height sensing pressure pad is an optional accessory installed on Orbitform powerheads when it is required to check the rivet length or component "stack up" prior to initiating the forming or riveting operation. The programmable height sensing pressure pad is incorporated in conjunction with other assembly process monitoring or process control equipment and application specific machine programming.

Why is the Programmable Height Sensing Pressure Pad important?

The programmable height sensing pressure pad is important because it is sometimes necessary to validate the presence of components prior to completing the riveting process. Also, there are times when the pre-formed rivet height must be checked before the rivet is upset by the Orbitform peen.

How does the Programmable Height Sensing Pressure Pad help?

The programmable height sensing pressure pad helps your product assembly process by ensuring the required pre-formed rivet height is present and/or that the necessary components are inserted appropriately prior to allowing the riveting process to commence.

Examples of Where an Programmable Height Sensing Pressure Pad is used?

There are several examples of where an programmable height sensing pressure pad is used during an orbital forming assembly process:

  • When it is important the the pre-formed rivet height is accurate prior to forming
  • When the installation of the necessary components is critical before permanently riveting the assembly

Remote stroke adjust is an optional powerhead modification that allows the powerhead stroke setting to be adjusted from a point away from the machine when the standard powerhead stroke adjustment knob is difficult to reach.

What is Remote Stroke Adjust?

Remote stroke adjust is an optional powerhead modification that allows the powerhead stroke setting to be adjusted from a point away from the machine when the standard powerhead stroke adjustment knob is difficult to reach.

Why is Remote Stroke Adjust important?

It is necessary to adjust the stroke distance of the Orbitform powerheads from time to time during machine setup or when changing over from the assembly of one product to a different product. The remote stroke adjust is important in instances where the standard powerhead stroke adjustment knob is difficult to reach.

How does Remote Stroke Adjust help?

Remote stroke adjust helps your product assembly process by allowing easier access to adjust the stroke of your Orbitform powerhead when the standard powerhead stroke adjustment knob is challenging to reach due to machine guarding, automation, or other clearance issues.

Examples of Where Remote Stroke Adjust is used?

There are several examples of where an remote stroke adjust is used during an orbital forming assembly process:

  • When there is machine guarding installed which precludes easy access to the standard powerhead stroke adjustment knob
  • When there is automation, material handling, or a different interference involved with the assembly process which precludes easy access to the standard powerhead stroke adjustment knob

Servo Adjustable Hard Stop

The servo adjustable hard stop is an optional powerhead accessory which allows the powerhead stroke distance to be set via a servo motor.

The Servo adjustable stop is often paired with a LVDT part sensing Pressure Pad and Process Monitoring package capable of measuring the rivet stick-out, which can be used to automatically adjust the Powerhead stroke to accommodate slight variations in part thickness and rivet length, to maintain a consistent rivet head thickness. The Servo-Z replaces the manual stroke adjuster, eliminating the need and ability to make manual stroke adjustments.

Why is the Servo Adjustable Hard Stop important?

The servo adjustable hard stop is important because there are product assembly scenarios where one machine is used to assembly multiple products. The servo adjustable hard stop allows for different parts with different form heights to be assembled on the same machine.

How does the Servo Adjustable Hard Stop help?

The servo adjustable hard stop helps your product assembly process by supporting the assembly of different parts with different form heights to be assembled on the same machine.

Examples of Where an Servo Adjustable Hard Stop is used?

There are several examples where a servo adjustable hard stop is used during an orbital forming assembly process:

  • Automated assembly lines where different parts are assembled
  • Machines that are designed to assemble two or more different form heights on separate part designs

The through spindle pressure pad is an optional accessory that compresses the components being assembled prior to forming.

What is the Through Spindle Pressure Pad?

The through spindle pressure pad is an optional accessory that compresses the components being assembled prior to forming. As the name states, the through spindle pressure pad works through the center of the powerhead and is installed directly in line with the forming process. When a through spindle pressure pad is incorporated it is necessary to use an offset motor mount on the powerhead also.

Why is the Through Spindle Pressure Pad important?

The through spindle pressure pad is important because it allows for the components to be compressed prior to conducting the riveting process.

How does the Through Spindle Pressure Pad help?

The through spindle pressure pad helps your product assembly process by seating the components together prior to riveting the components together.

Examples of Where an Through Spindle Pressure Pad is used?

There are several examples of where an through spindle pressure pad is used during an orbital forming assembly process:

  • When a specific compression force is required, such as when forming a seal
  • When it is necessary to have the assembly components pushed together tightly prior to performing the permanent riveting process


Types Of Through Spindle Pressure Pads

Orbitform offer two types of through spindle pressure pads to meet your application needs:

  • Pneumatic actuated
  • Servo Controlled for greater accuracy and control
  • Models
  • Multi-Point
  • Multi-Spindle

Multi-point orbital heads help you get in, get out, and get the assembly job done. Load parts once. Cycle the machine once. Perform the entire assembly operation in just one cycle even where there are up to ten posts being formed or rivets being riveted. The multi-point forming heads from Orbitform help you achieve this. Orbitform's multi-point orbital forming heads are available in a wide range of sizes, capacities, number of forms per head, form heights and form spacing. The multi-point forming process is beneficial for cost reduction, quality enhancement, and cycle time minimization for high volume product assembly applications.

Advantages of the Multi-Point Forming Process

The Multi-Point orbital riveting process is advantageous as it forms multiple points in an assembly at the same time. The Multi-Point process helps reduce cycle time and lower the amount of load / unload involved in an assembly operation. The quality and repeatability of an assembled product is also improved due to fewer part handling instances. You can rest assured you are incorporating the most efficient and cost effective assembly method when Multi-Point forming is applied.

Multi-Point forming heads are eccentric-driven with integral, fixed-center forming peens normally configured with close center distance applications. The forming must happen on the same plane since each point of the Multi-Point head is on the same vertical position. The orbital motion is generated by the eccentric action of the Multi-Point forming head and it is important to keep in mind that an anti-rotate device is required with each Multi-Point forming head to keep the forming head in place during the entire forming or assembly process.

Standard Features of Multi-Point Orbital Forming

  • Eccentric-driven with fixed-center forming peens used for close center distance applications
  • Center distance range of 0.188 in (4.7 mm) to 3.0 in (76.2 mm)
  • Forming capacity range of 0.125 in (3.18 mm) to 0.75 in (19.1 mm) finished head diameter (mild steel)
  • Number of forming points range from 2 - 10
  • All forms must be the same height
  • Anti-rotate device is required with each Multi-Point forming head to keep the forming head in place

Orbitform supports your assembly application with our factory trained sales engineers and applications specialists along with a strong team of lab technicians, machine builders, and assembly experts. Please use our expertise to help you deliver the solution for any Multi-Point forming process or Multi-Point riveted assembly.

Advantages of the Multi-Spindle Riveting and Forming Process

The multi-spindle orbital riveting process is advantageous as it forms multiple points in an assembly at the same time. The multi-spindle process helps reduce cycle time and lower the amount of load / unload involved in an assembly operation. The quality and repeatability of an assembled product is also improved due to fewer part handling instances. You can rest assured you are incorporating the most efficient and cost effective assembly method when multi-spindle forming is applied.

Multi-spindle forming heads are housings equipped with internal gears, shafts, and bearings connecting two or more orbital heads to the main spindle of the Orbitform powerhead. The multiple orbital heads being driven by the multi-spindle head result in several orbital forming heads with a single peen each forming a single post simultaneously.

Multi-spindle orbital forming is not restricted to a single plane since separate spindles and orbital heads are used for each rivet. Thus, the multi-spindle heads can be designed for different forming heights in relationship to one another. The ability to form posts of differing heights or to assemble rivets on different planes is a major advantage of the multi-spindle assembly method.

The center distance between rivets or between form positions for multi-spindle applications are dependent on rivet size and rivet material along with the corresponding orbital head size required to form the rivets.

Multi-spindle head standard features:

  • Uses orbital heads with peens on the end of separate spindles to form the work piece
  • Center distance range of 1.70 in (43.2 mm) to - 12.0 in (304.8 mm)
  • Forming capacity range of 0.125 in (3.18 mm) to 1.0 in (25.4 mm) finished head diameter (mild steel)
  • Number of forming points ranging from 2 - 10
  • Variable forming heights possible

Orbitform is here to support your specific assembly applications with our sales engineering team and our applications specialists along with a strong team of lab technicians, skilled machine builders, and assembly system experts. Please use our expertise to help you deliver the solution for any multi-spindle forming process or multi-spindle riveted assembly.