What Is a Riveting Machine
A Riveting machine is a piece of equipment that can automatically set rivets in a fast and efficient manner. This type of machine is useful in many industries for different production processes, including brake linings for commercial vehicles and aircraft, metal brackets for windows and doors, leather or textile products, and even mobile phones. The machines can be used to set a wide range of materials, from delicate and brittle materials such as copper or brass to hard plastics like polycarbonate. The machine can also be used to rivet metals that are difficult to hammer or drill, such as wrought iron, titanium, and aluminum.
Riveting is a simple process that involves inserting a rivet into a drilled hole in two pieces of material. The rivet will then be deformed by pounding or smashing it to cause the head of the rivet to be flattened, which will then create a strong bond and connect the materials together. Riveted joints are very strong and are ideal for applications with heavy loads, as they can be resistant to impact and vibration.
There are several types of riveting machines, from manually operated hand riveters and handheld riveting guns to multihead automated riveting tools that can be powered by electrically (electronic), pneumatically (pop riveters or air riveters) or hydraulically (hydraulic pop riveters). The most popular style is blind (pop) riveting, which is an effective fastening technique for laminated materials, as the rivet end expands around the hole opening to securely fasten the parts. It can be easily automated using a robot-mounted rivet gun or by using a rivet feeder to feed the blind rivets into a position for the robot to grab.
The best manual riveting machine to choose depends on the size of the materials to be joined, the number of parts to be assembled and the type of rivets that are being used. There are also a number of process monitoring systems available to help ensure that the quality of the finished product is as expected. For example, the ‘Watchdawg’ process monitoring system from Orbitform works by measuring the setting force and punch movement during a riveting cycle to create a graph known as a force-displacement curve. If this curve fits within a pre-defined tolerance of the reference curve, then the joint passes inspection. Otherwise, it may be flagged for attention or the process may be halted.
The BM-92 is a high-quality manual riveting machine that is suitable for continuous use in professional workshops. It features a high-density body and mount for greater resistance, as well as a lever and anchor made of stainless steel for long life. It can quickly place 3.0 to 5.0 mm rivets, as well as 4.8 and 6.4 mm S-clover and Hardgrip rivets. The machine is also equipped with a stem collector to keep the work area clean and reduce the risk of injury to workers. Moreover, the nozzle holder is longer for better access to difficult areas.