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Henrob Self-pierce Rivet Tape Feed Delivery Systems

Supplier: Henrob

Henrob pioneered self-pierce rivet tape feed delivery systems and now has several thousand in use worldwide.

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This technology provides a very reliable, robust, low maintenance and cost-effective method of automatically feeding fasteners.

In addition, it is the fastest method of feeding rivets to a rivet setter: total cycle time of setting a rivet and feeding the next rivet into position can be as little as 1.2 seconds, compared with 3 to 4 seconds for conventional blow-feed systems.

Further advantages of tape feed are:

  • lower tooling costs compared to blow feed systems
  • ability to set Henrob's full range of rivets with a common feeding mechanism, allowing manufacturing flexibility and reduction in spares inventory
  • rivet size changeover is quick and simple - well suited to prototype work or small batch production. For example, changing from a 6mm to a 10mm long rivet takes less than 5 minutes and entails the replacement of only one part - the nose insert
  • tool rotation and mounting is possible in any plane
  • rivets are sensed only when correctly loaded in the nose piece (sprocket feed system for automated production)
  • good tool mobility over large jig areas
  • colour-coded tape or labelling can be used to avoid product mixing
  • special mechanically keyed spools are available to prevent incorrect product loading
  • large production runs are possible from a single spool – up to 10,000 rivets
  • can be adapted to either hydraulic or electric rivet setters
  • suited for use on robot tools including high articulation systems

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