Riveting machines are used to set rivets in a variety of materials and for a wide range of purposes. They are often a key component of an assembly line and can be found in many industries including industrial, automotive, aerospace and electronics. Riveting machines come in a number of different configurations from manually operated handheld riveters to multi-head automated tools that are electrically, pneumatically or hydraulically actuated. Riveting machines can also be broken down into two groups: impact and non-impact or orbital riveting. The type of machine you choose will depend on the types and quantity of rivets you need to make and the space and budget constraints of your operation.
A hand riveter works by pulling on the rivet stem to deform it and form the head of the rivet. These machines are great for smaller projects where it is important to control the amount of force being applied. They also offer the advantage of being able to be easily calibrated for different applications and materials. They typically have a nozzle size that is adjustable and can be adjusted to accommodate various rivet sizes and thicknesses.
Manual riveters can be used to set blind (pop) or solid rivets. They are a simple, cost effective way to fasten materials together. Pop rivets are a common method of joining laminated sheets together and can be quickly automated with the use of a robotic arm.
Riveting Machines – Automatic
Using an automatic riveting machine can greatly improve production and quality of your project. Automatic riveters have hoppers and tracks that allow them to set a number of rivets in one stroke, allowing for more efficient production lines. They can also be used for the more complex and intricate riveting jobs that would be impractical with a manual riveter.
An automatic riveting machine can be powered by electricity, gas or steam and uses a computer program to track and control the operation. It can be programmed to operate on specific dates or times and to recognize when a part has been properly set, preventing the production process from stopping or having to restart. These machines also eliminate the need for workers to walk the floor and perform many basic maintenance tasks such as clearing jams or oiling equipment.
Orbital Riveting Machines
An orbital or radial riveting machine uses a spinning forming tool to shape the end of the rivet, resulting in it being spread out in the desired fastening shape. This allows the machine to achieve the same result as an impact machine in a shorter period of time, and offers a greater degree of control over the final product.
In addition to a high level of accuracy and productivity, these machines can reduce costs, plant utilities available and finished part aesthetics by eliminating the need for riveting hammers/punches. They also provide a more consistent and reliable result than manual riveting methods and are particularly useful for brittle or delicate materials that could shatter with impact riveting. Riveting machinery