What is a Threaded Nut Insert?

April 15, 2019

As a variation of the standard rivet, a threaded nut insert, also known as a blind rivet nut or rivet nut, is a mechanical fastener. This counter-bored, tubular, one-piece rivet has internal threads that is anchored entirely from just the one side of the material in which it’s installed.

Depending on the application, finding a fastener that works with thin materials can seem impossible. That’s where threaded nut inserts come in handy as they are incredibly versatile. Threaded nut inserts are easy-to-install (no welding), reliable (generally stronger than the parent material), offer strong threads in weak or thin gauge parent applications and come in a variety of corrosion resistant materials such as; aluminum, steel with zinc plating, stainless steel and brass.

Threaded nut inserts (also known as rivet nuts) borrow many of the best advantages from other threaded fasteners such as; weld nuts, nuts, bolts, self-tapping screws and pressed inserts, while leaving the negatives behind. Rivet nuts don’t need to be welded, use low cost installation tooling, are friendly to parent application finishes, can be drilled out without damaging parent application, decrease the number of other fasteners needed in an assembly and are manufactured to “highly engineered, tight tolerance” specifications.

Threaded nut inserts are the perfect fasteners for many industries: 

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Assembled Custom Metal
  • Automotive Manufacturers
  • Boat/Ship Manufacturers
  • Construction Equipment Manufacturers
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Facility Construction
  • Food Service Equipment Manufacturers
  • Furniture Manufacturers
  • Green Energy
  • Medical Equipment Manufacturers
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Military Vehicle Manufacturers
  • Plant Engineering
  • Refrigerator Manufacturers
  • Solar Panel Construction
  • AND, MORE!

Rivet nuts can be installed by using pneumatics, hydraulics, battery operated, lever-operated and manual wrench-operated installation tools. High volume, medium volume and low volume installation options (and price points) are available to meet the requirements demanded by any type of installation environment. Rivet Nut USA (a division of Cardinal Components, Inc.) has a tool option for your specific application.

As a leading threaded nut insert and Bollhoff Rivnut Distributor, Rivet Nut USA (a division of Cardinal Components, Inc.) has technical experts standing by to offer you real-world application know-how. With their wide variety of fasteners available, Rivet Nut USA will help you choose which fastener and installation tooling is right for your application.

Contact Rivet Nut USA today for a product or assembly question.

You can also call our threaded rivet nut experts at 800-236-3200.