One Orbitform Rollerforming Machine Assembles 38 Different Part Configurations

 Using Articulating Rollerforming in Conjunction With Servo Powerhead

Posted on 02/15/2017 | by The Orbitform Blog Team


An industrial company needed a better solution for a ball and socket joint, used in a hydrostatic pump piston, for assembly with a specified end-play range. The company’s previous process spun the part and was limited to forming the material in a horizontal direction. The material would flex back and allow too great an end-play tolerance.

Orbitform's Solution Lab suggested the use of articulating roller forming in conjunction with a servo powerhead to determine repeatability and forming capabilities. End-play was held to .003” max, as opposed to the previous process, which held end-play to .008” max. The process of articulating rollerforming – where the rollers move to a diameter using an adjustable hard stop – allowed the parts to be formed around an obstacle, as well as forming 38 different part configurations, with one machine, and minimal changeover. Additionally, use of a servo powerhead allows for finite control of speed and the overall forming process, giving greater consistency.


If you think this type of assembly process could help your manufacturing operation, please contact us by clicking here.


Orbitform products are designed, manufactured, and built in our 120,000 sq ft manufacturing facility, located in Jackson, Michigan. Orbitform is a 100% made in the USA Design and Build Manufacturer of World-Class Riveting, Forming and Fastening Solutions.


Since 1984, Orbitform has been delivering assembly solutions to manufacturers worldwide. Our engineers and lab technicians have tackled over 8,000 assembly applications. Orbitform offers a wide range of solutions, to provide you the product, process, or service that’s right for your application. Put our experience and expertise to work for you. Orbitform… solutions delivered.