ORBITFORM, represented in Australia by Hawker Richardson , has developed another robust and highly valuable metal forming and joining process to complement its orbital forming product line.
Rollerforming uses multiple rollers mounted on a rotating spindle to gently smooth and fold material into a seamless and solid form. The rollers intersect the workpiece on a precise contact line, gradually moving material to the desired shape.
Rollerforming allows forming of large diameters and thin wall materials, typically difficult to do with other fastening methods. Rollerforming is also advantageous when used to roll or close a lip.
In addition, Rollerforming can be applied to applications where the rollers articulate as well as rotate, allowing for access into grooves and other areas.
Rollerforming replaces typical crimping tooling, which can be problematic in cosmetics and reliable process control. Forming a curl or lip with Rollerforming often takes less than 20% of the force normally required for straight crimping or pressing.
It is strong enough for critical automotive applications of metal and aluminum and versatile enough for appearance sensitive plastic parts.
Orbitform's Rollerform process can:
* Crimp and seal using multiple rollerheads
* Cold form with very precise control
* Create a finished look on assembled parts
* Form both inside and outside diameters simultaneously
* Be used in work cells and automated assembly operations.
Rollerforming binds surfaces tight, expanding the flexibility of Orbitform modular powerheads, bench machines and turnkey assembly systems. Parts fastened with rollerforming are easily incorporated into a host of assembly applications.