Rivets are fastening elements that only need to be applied once. When opening the connection, the rivet must be irrevocably destroyed. Rivets are therefore one-time elements and are manufactured in stainless steel and steel.
There are many different types of rivets that are used today in a wide variety of applications. There are the solid rivets, which were the first stainless steel rivets used in steel construction during the war. This rivet is the most common one that was used at that time for hammering in bridges and tanks. At that time it was still not possible to make welded joints. So rivets had to be used as the only connecting element. This kind of fastening was very complex, if you only think how sweaty it must have been to hammer the rivets into steel girders with a hammer. All of them had to be made red-hot to deform the rivets in the first place. So the employees of that time only had a few minutes to finish the work quickly, otherwise the rivet had cooled down so much that it was no longer possible. Today, riveting can actually only be observed on historical bridges or in very special applications with solid rivets. Of course, there are also other types of rivets than solid rivets, but more about this in the following article. If you would like to read more about stainless steel rivet joints, please visit our blog.
The solid rivet to knock in
The solid rivets, or simply called steel rivets or stainless steel rivets, are actually only used in the older and earlier years on heavy steel constructions, when welding had not yet been invented and/or was not yet so far advanced. Riveting was then the only possibility to permanently and inseparably join two separate steel or sheet metal construction parts. Inseparable in this case means that it is not possible to loosen the rivets in order to separate the components again. In order to enable the components to be separated, the rivet connection must always be destroyed. A solid rivet is always cut off at the head and the upset pin, which is usually firmly seated in the hole, must then be drilled out. This is the only way to enable the non-destructive dismantling of two components connected with solid rivets.
The blind rivet as modern rivet joint
The blind rivet is the successor of the classic solid rivet or drive-in rivet. While the solid rivet was invented at that time to replace welding because it had not yet been invented, the blind rivet is no longer used today as a substitute for welding, but as a joining element for thin-walled materials such as sheet metal (sheet rivets) or thin steel plates. Because the thinner a sheet is, the more difficult it would be to weld it without burning away. The blind rivet effectively makes up for this disadvantage! The next advantage is that the sheets that are to be joined can also be quickly removed again, because tubular rivets or blind rivets can be drilled out quickly and easily.
Our delivery program of rivets - simply buy online in our Online Shop
Our range of rivets, also known as hollow rivets, has become more and more complete in recent years, so that today we can supply industry and private users quickly with the right blind rivets throughout Europe. In our online shop you have the possibility to choose your suitable blind rivets with the desired suitable small quantity and so you can easily arrange different sizes and quantities. Then add your articles to the shopping cart and you can now pay comfortably with the desired payment method. After we have received your order and your online purchase, we will assemble your goods in our warehouse and the order will leave our company to travel to you. After a few days you will receive your order with the desired blind rivets by the transport company.
Which types of rivets are still in use today?
The oldest riveted joint is, as already mentioned, the solid rivet with half-round head. Due to the processing, this rivet is only used very rarely and the rivet is hardly ever used anymore. Modern rivets like the blind rivets have made the market to the rivet it is today by the simplified processing mode.
The rivet form A corrugated
The rivet form A in fluted form is most often found in companies and in the private sector. Due to the quick insertion by means of a riveting plier and the thus grooved pin, the rivet is riveted in the hole in seconds and the grooving gives the pliers even more grip. The pin then tears off and the rivet joint is assembled. These rivets are made of stainless steel V2A or V4A and the corrosion is eliminated.
The rivet form A - ungrooved
Just as the rivet is available in a grooved form, the rivet is also used in an ungrooved form. This rivet is easy to place in the pliers and when the pliers have enough pressing force, simply tighten and press in the rivet.
The assembly of rivets with pin made of steel or stainless steel with a riveting pliers
In this article we would like to explain briefly how to install a blind rivet correctly and how it is pressed in with the riveting pliers to join two separate sheet metal parts together. Blind rivets have become indispensable, particularly in switch cabinet construction or housing construction, and are used thousands of times a day. In order to set a blind rivet it is important that both parts to be joined are placed on top of each other. Now drill through both sheet metal parts with a drilling machine and the appropriate drill bit (the thickness of the blind rivet) so that both holes are absolutely flush with each other. This is very important, because only in this way can the blind rivets be inserted easily. Now insert the sheet metal rivet into the receptacle of the blind rivet pliers up to the stop of the rebate. The pin sits securely in the metal riveting pliers. Now insert the blind rivet into the holes until the edge of the rivet presses against the sheet metal. Now press the riveting pliers firmly together, but always make sure that the rivet lies securely against the sheet metal and press together until the blind rivet pin breaks off. Now the pin of the blind rivet has pulled itself firmly into the hollow chamber of the rivet and pressed through the ball shape of the pin end into the hollow chamber of the rivet. A bulge has formed, which has pulled itself up on the rivet and up to the second rear part, which has pulled two sheets. The rivet is now tight and the pin is stuck in the riveting pliers and can be ejected. The assembly of the rivet in the components is now complete. The rivet is mounted.