Top Tips for Rivet Nut Applications

September 13, 2019

A rivet nut is a specialty type of fastener that offers internal threads so a secondary material can be attached to the primary application. This specialty fastener is installed from just one side of the workpiece and is considered an optimal fastener choice when adding threads to thin or soft materials. Bottomline – when threads are required and only one side of a thin workpiece is accessible, a rivet nut is the ideal fastener. (Even if you can access the backside, many times a rivet nut is still the superior fastener choice. Using backside nuts/washers to secure the frontside bolt can prove clumsy and time consuming; rivet nuts require no backside nuts/washers.)

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Standard rivets = no internal threads = permanent joining of two materials

Rivets are used to fasten two materials together, the two materials are permanently joined, they can never be separated unless the rivet is drilled out. For these reasons, these types of rivets create headaches for field service applications.

Specialty rivet nuts = internally threaded = flexible joining/disjoining of two materials

The internal threading of a rivet nut allows a user to attach and remove a secondary material from the primary application…unlimited reuse. Should a rivet nut eventually need to be removed, simply use a smaller drill bit than the hole size to drill out the rivet nut, the parent application material will not be damaged. Rivet nuts are the perfect fastener for field service applications.

Rivet Nut Assembly Applications:

  • Aerospace Assembly
  • Agriculture Assembly
  • Appliance Assembly
  • Automotive Assembly
  • Bicycle Assembly
  • Ceramic Assembly
  • Construction Equipment Assembly
  • Electronics Assembly
  • Fiberglass Assembly
  • Food Service Equipment Assembly
  • Furniture Assembly
  • Medical Equipment Assembly
  • Metal Assembly
  • Military Vehicle Assembly
  • Office Furniture Assembly
  • Plastic Assembly
  • Solar Panel Construction

Rivet Nuts offer versatile solutions on all assemblies and have load-bearing performance characteristics, often being stronger than the parent material. Rivet nuts install in less than two seconds with our pneumatic installation tools, which greatly reduce production and assembly costs. Saving an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or Automotive Tier $$ in the assembly process!

Also known as blind rivet nuts, or Bollhoff branded Rivnuts, rivet nuts are available in a variety of materials such as:

  • Aluminum
  • Stainless Steel (300 Series Food Grade and 400 Series Construction Grade)
  • Steel (Zinc Plated or special automotive Zinc Nickel Plating for higher salt spray hours)
  • Brass

Installation Tools for Rivet Nut Applications Range from:

  • LOW VOLUME
    • Wrench Type Stroke Hand Tools
  • MEDIUM VOLUME
    • Single Level Type Hand Tools
    • Double Level Hand Tools
    • Key Seating Hand Tools
  • HIGH VOLUME
    • Pull-to-Pressure Battery Tools
    • Pull-to-Pressure Pneumatic/Hydraulic Tools
    • Pull-to-Stroke Pneumatic/Hydraulic Tools

If you don’t see what you are looking for, contact our experienced rivet nut application specialists now. OEMs and Automotive Tiers love the installation efficiencies and application performance enhancements offered by this threaded fastener.