Roller Forming Applications: Static vs. Articulating

Options For Forming

Posted on 12/17/2013 | by The Orbitform Blog Team


Orbitform has been designing and building assembly equipment since 1984. One of the areas we have specialized in is Roller Forming. We have two different types, articulating and static. Both of these serve their own purposes and can offer you an assembly advantage. Roller Forming is a non-impact process using a spinning Roller Head with two or more rollers to apply a symmetrical force to form the part. Roller forming is used for flaring, forming a lip, crimping, or forming a groove in cylindrical parts too large for other processes. This is where the two types of roller heads come in.



Static roller heads are used when forming a lip around a cylindrical part. These heads have spinning rollers that use down-force from one of Orbitform’s standard powerheads to create an aesthetically pleasing lip on a surface. These roller heads are both consistent and efficient, and the non-impact nature combined with precision and accuracy allow for the forming of delicate and brittle materials. Through use of an o-ring or gaskets, it is possible to form sealed caps on the end of cylindrical parts.


Articulating heads are most often used for either forming a groove in a part or when there are obstructions to clear in order to form a lip. These parts use 360o Contact while forming, so there is consistent action while forming the part. These roller heads can deliver forming forces up to 5,000 lbs. @ 100 psi. These roller heads can bring new advantages to your forming process.


Orbitform has been delivering assembly solutions for manufacturing since 1984. With experience in riveting, forming, conveyors, assembly systems, and welding, we have the ability to offer you an unbiased assembly solution. For more information about Roller Forming or any other process mentioned here, visit our website at or call 800-957-4838.