October 23 - 25, 2018

Rosemont, IL

Produced by ASSEMBLY Magazine

OrbitformsponslerJACOB W. SPONSLER
General Manager

Jake Sponsler is an experienced manufacturing operations leader with over 15 years experience in the design and realization of special machine and the automotive parts manufacturing industries. He is currently the General Manager for Orbitform, where he leads their operations from quoting, through engineering, manufacturing and assembly, to final shipment and service of custom forming and fastening equipment and automation systems. Through his work at Orbitform, Jake has experience working with a wide variety of industries including automotive, medical, aerospace, furniture, sporting goods, firearms, construction, HVAC, and consumer goods.

Jake started with Orbitform in 2005, working as a machine designer and project manager, followed by working as engineering manager and then plant manager before moving into his role as general manager in 2017. Prior to his time at Orbitform, Jake was a Production Supervisor and manufacturing engineer for stamping of automotive components for Flex-N-Gate. Jake started his career as a co-op in Research and Development for Paulstra CRC (now Hutchinson Antivibration Systems).

Jake Received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI and his MS in Engineering Management from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, MI. Jake is also a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Roller Forming - A Viable Assembly Solution

Static rollerforming uses spinning rollers and down-force to create an aesthetically pleasing lip. The non-impact nature of the process, combined with its inherent precision and accuracy, make it possible to form delicate or brittle materials. Static rollerheads provide consistency and efficiency to your forming process.

Articulating rollerforming has rollerheads that come in from the side, and can be used to form a groove in a part, or when there are obstructions to clear in order to form a lip. 360° contact gives consistent action for the duration the part is being formed.

By adding process intelligence it is possible to accurately monitor and/or control the forming force, distance, and stroke during the rollerforming process.


  • Can accommodate a through spindle pressure pad to compress material before forming
  • Minimizes scuffing, galling, and material pick up
  • Allows the use of smaller tooling to form large diameter applications
  • Requires less force than Orbital Forming

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