Rivet Nut Distributor

February 4, 2019

Rivet Nuts and Weld Nuts

Both a Rivet Nut and a Weld Nut are specialty fasteners that are installed into a parent material, and provide internal threads for screw-in attachments. These fasteners are cold headed from metal wire and finished machined to exacting tolerances.

A Rivet Nut is a tubular rivet with internal threads. Rivet nuts are installed into your parent material (thin gauge metal or plastics) using a hand (or power) tool in seconds. Once installed, the rivet nut is ready to use, requiring no additional finishing work on the rivet nut fastener while providing clean threads for screw-in attachments. Rivet nuts are manufactured with precision to qualify for use in the aerospace industry

A Weld Nut is designed to be welded to the parent material. These nuts require a trained welder, welding equipment and additional finishing operations to remove weld splatter.

The Benefits of Rivet Nuts

Also known as blind rivet nuts, threaded inserts or Rivnuts®, rivet nuts were first used in the aviation industry. Rivet nuts were invented by BF Goodrich and sold under the trademark RIVNUT®. BF Goodrich originally used rivet nuts to mount rubber de-icing boots to aircraft wings.

Requiring no finishing work, rivet nuts solve even the most challenging fastening problems. Rivet nut installation only require access to the front of your parent material, whereas weld nut installations require access to both the front & back (blindside) of your parent material.

As a replacement to weld nuts, rivet nuts are:

  • Environmentally friendly – Rivet nuts do not require welding expertise, messy welding supplies or post-install finishing supplies. Simply put, weld nuts are not environmentally friendly.
  • Easier to install – Rivet nuts install in seconds with a hand tool (low volume) or a pneumatic power tool (high volume). Unskilled labor can be trained in minutes to achieve a repeatable high quality installation. Weld nuts require trained welders and even so, a weld can be missed or break, leading to expensive field failures.
  • Less likely to torque out – Rivet nuts don’t depend on a weld to stay in place. Rivet nuts also come in hex body, which provides the ultimate anti-spin, anti-torque protection.
  • Less likely to distort your parent material – When installed with care, rivet nuts should not distort your parent material, including finishes such as plating or paint. Weld nuts must be welded, which naturally will afflict the parent material and finishes.
  • Able to be installed in a greater variety of materials – Rivet nuts can be installed in virtually any type of material, such as tubing, hard metals, soft metals, plastics or ceramics.
  • More flexible to your application – Need a closed-end seal for water tightness? No problem! Need a countersunk head for a flush front finish? You got it! Rivet nuts have endless design tweaks and edits to custom fit your application.

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Some Industries that Use Rivet Nuts:

  • Aerospace Manufacturers
  • Appliance Manufacturers
  • Automotive Manufacturers
  • Defense Industry Manufacturers
  • Electronic Manufacturers
  • Food Equipment Processors
  • Metal Fabrication Industry
  • Sheet Metal Users

For every assembly or production line Rivnut®, or rivet nuts, are manufactured to exacting tolerances for repeatable and reliable fastening operations.

Who We Are – a Rivet Nut Distributor

Contact Rivet Nut USA, a division of Cardinal Components Inc., for an evaluation of your application and a job specific fastener quote. Rivet Nut USA is your preferred authorized Bollhoff Rivnut® distributor, shipping fasteners across the United States! We stock fasteners (blanket orders) and tool replacement parts for just-in-time delivery.

Contact Rivet Nut USA for a quote on Rivnuts®, Plusnut®, Hexnut®, Snaploc® and our rivet nut installation tools.