Rivet nuts are versatile fasteners that work well wherever a strong, easy-to-install blind fastener is needed. The rivet nut is designed for use with harder materials such as steel or aluminum because the bulge that forms on the backside when installed applies pressure to the plate which can negatively stress softer materials.
Highly practical, a rivet nut can offer a variety of benefits over bolts, self-tapping screws, and pressed inserts. Rivet nuts have a number of characteristics and benefits that make them ideal for a wide range of applications, industries, and products, including:
- Aerospace systems
- Refrigerators and freezers
- Playground equipment
- Office furniture
- Solar panels
- Medical devices
- Plastic products and components
- Military vehicles
- Swimming pools
The Rivet nut is used widely throughout the automotive industry to attach items to dashboards and in the chassis as well as in bodywork to connect components such as roof racks, spoilers, plastic fenders, radiators, and more. Rivet nuts are also ideal for every stage of production. There’s no need for reworking after insertion, even when the workpiece has already been coated or painted.
The Rivet nut comes in two styles: one forms a bulge on the blind side as the screw, pin, or bolt is tightened; the other pulls the fastener into a sleeve and doesn’t bulge – the application will determine which style is right for you. Ideal for a variety of uses, rivet nuts are easy-to-install, reliable fasteners that can provide strong load-bearing threads into weak or thin gauge materials such as castings, housings, panels, tubes, and extrusions.
Two of the major benefits of the rivet nut are that they provide faster assembly and lower installation costs compared to other fasteners. They’re also highly versatile – they can be used in automated factory assembly environments as well as be installed individually using lightweight hand, air, or hydraulic tools.
Contact the fastener experts here at Electronic Fasteners to discuss your application and if a rivet nut is the right solution for you.