In precision engineering, the strategic placement of joints and rivets takes center stage when designing assembly components. The seamless integration of these elements is not just about aesthetics; it's a vital factor that dictates strength and functionality. However, this pursuit of excellence occasionally brings forth a challenge: the proximity of rivets to other crucial part features. Such situations can trigger clearance concerns during the assembly process. This is where meticulous planning and innovative solutions step in, and one such solution has emerged in the form of Orbitform's ingenious Anti-Rotate Device.


ContentProvidedBy-Orbitform.gifNavigating Close Proximities 

Imagine a scenario where a manufacturer is assembling a latch with a rivet close to an interior wall. In our relentless pursuit of perfection, our Applications Engineers undertook the task of resolving this challenge within our Solutions Lab. The initial approach involved the use of an altered peen. While this method successfully addressed the clearance issue with the inner wall, it inadvertently unveiled a vulnerability. The degree of alteration required for the peen compromised its structural integrity, manifesting in undesirable flexing during forming. The implications were clear – the tooling's longevity in a production setting was at risk.


Taking Innovation to New Heights 

Innovation doesn't just stem from challenges; it evolves from pursuing excellence. In response to the limitations observed with the altered peen, our engineers embarked on a journey of refinement. This culminated in the integration of an Anti-Rotate Device alongside the altered peen. The brilliance lay in its ability to preserve the peen's orientation, necessitating alteration on only one side. The impact was twofold: It resolved the clearance predicament around the interior wall and fortified the tooling's durability, ensuring prolonged operational life within production machinery.


Beyond Clearance: A Multifaceted Solution 

The versatility of the Anti-Rotate Device extends beyond mere clearance conundrums. While its primary application revolves around mitigating part feature interferences, its potential reaches further. A common challenge during standard forming processes involves the inadvertent rotation of rivets due to the action of the peen tool. This rotational movement can trigger galling – the abrasive rubbing of rivet heads – resulting in unsightly damage. By steadfastly maintaining the rivet's orientation, the Anti-Rotate Device deftly curtails the risk of rotation-induced galling, preserving the rivet's integrity and appearance.


Empowering Your Designs 

In the dynamic landscape of assembly design, the path to perfection is rarely devoid of hurdles. At Orbitform, armed with over three decades of expertise in forming, fastening, and assembly, our Assembly Experts stand ready to unravel your clearance dilemmas. With an arsenal of cutting-edge solutions, including the transformative Anti-Rotate Device, C-Frame Orbital Heads, and Long Stroke Powerheads, our engineers are poised to tailor the ideal remedy for your unique application. Today beckons a new chapter in your assembly journey – reach out to us and let's chart the course to unparalleled excellence.