A riveting machine uses a mechanical fastener called a rivet to join materials together. Riveted joints are often more durable than other types of joining methods such as welding, as they can withstand more force without losing shape or breaking down. A riveting machine allows companies to automate the riveting process and offer greater consistency, productivity and lower costs compared to manual riveting. This type of machine can be used with a wide range of materials and can handle large volumes of rivets easily.
Riveting machine come in various sizes and styles. Some can be operated manually, while others can be programmed to operate with a remote control. Some can be used with both metal and non-metal materials. This makes them a versatile choice for many assembly applications. A riveting machine can also reduce the risk of human error by eliminating the need for workers to set each rivet individually. It can also reduce the time it takes to set each rivet, increasing the overall production rate of an assembly line.
While rivets are commonly used in metalworking, they are also an ideal choice for securing plastic and metal products together. A properly installed rivet can help keep parts securely bonded, and they are easy to install using either a pop rivet gun or a stronger pneumatic riveter. Riveted products can withstand a lot of pressure, making them suitable for use in cars and aircraft, and in industrial machinery such as conveyors and pumps.
When choosing a riveting machine, it’s important to consider the assembly process and what characteristics you want in your final product. Defining your goals and constraints at the start of the project will help you choose the best equipment for your needs. This will ensure that your project meets its assembly requirements and has a positive outcome.
There are different types of riveting machines, including impact, orbital and spiralform. Each has its own benefits and drawbacks depending on the assembly process. It’s important to find the right machine for your job by considering the product quality characteristics you want, assembly cycle time and footprint or space available, as well as the plant utilities you have available.
If you need to set a rivet in a place where you can only access one side of the workpiece, you may need to choose an impact riveting machine. This type of machine works by slamming the rivet against the workpiece to deform its head and bond the materials together. For other applications, such as in delicate or brittle materials, you may prefer an orbital or spiralform riveting machine. These machines feature multiple wheels (rollers) that circle the workpiece to combine two similar or non-similar materials with a seamless and smooth bonding through downward pressure as the rollers move down or into the piece. A subset of orbital forming is rollerforming, which uses the same powerhead as radial but instead of a peen has multiple wheels that lightly hammer the rivet head into a desirable shape.