Fastbolt supplies rivets used in a numerous applications to secure two or more components together. Typically used in sheet type products, the rivet is easily installed with access only required from one side of the assembly.
The standard blind rivet consists of two components, a rivet body and mandrel. The rivet is first placed into an installation tool and is then inserted into the application. Activating the tool pulls the rivet’s mandrel, drawing the mandrel head into the blind-end of the rivet body. This action forms a head on the rivet body and secures the application materials together. Finally, the mandrel reaches its predetermined break-load, with the used portion of the mandrel breaking away and being removed from the set rivet. Blind rivets offer speed, consistent performance and excellent appearance.
Solid rivets are among the simplest, most reliable, and oldest types of fasteners. These simple devices consist of a solid shaft with a head on one end; once installed, the headless end of a solid rivet is deformed with a hammer or rivet gun to hold it in place. Perhaps the most widely-used style of rivet, solid rivets are utilized in applications where reliability and safety are important.
Drive rivets are a type of blind rivet with a short mandrel that protrudes from the head. Once the drive rivet is inserted into a hole, the mandrel is driven in with a hammer or other implement to flare out the end of the rivet that is inside the hole. Because they do not require holes to be drilled all the way through the material, drive rivets are popular for architecture and other aesthetically-minded applications.
Semi-tubular rivets are essentially the same as solid rivets, but with a shallow hole at the tip, opposite the head. This hole causes the tubular portion of the rivet to roll outward when force is applied. This reduces the amount of force needed for installation.
Common applications for tubular rivets include light fixtures, HVAC ducts, electronics, ladders, and brakes, among many others.