Plastic rivets, also known as push-in rivets, snap rivets, pop rivets or panel clips, are fastening components commonly used in various industries and applications to securely join or attach materials together. They are particularly popular in situations where a permanent or semi-permanent connection is needed, and where traditional fasteners like screws, bolts, or nails may not be suitable or convenient.
Plastic rivets are designed for easy installation. They are inserted into pre-drilled or pre-punched holes in the materials to be fastened. The rivet is then pushed or pressed into place using hand pressure or a specialized tool. As the rivet is inserted, the barbs on the shaft expand and grip the materials securely. They come in various sizes, shapes, and configurations to accommodate different application requirements.
There are several types of plastic rivets, each designed for specific applications and requirements. Here are some common types of plastic rivets available in our range:
Push Rivets - the most basic and widely used type of plastic rivets. They consist of a cylindrical body with barbs along the shaft and a larger head that is pushed or pressed into place.
Snap Rivets - feature a unique design that allows them to snap into place, creating a secure connection without the need for tools.
Ratchet Rivets - also known as a ratcheting rivet or a ratchet clip, designed to create a secure and tight connection between two or more components. They are commonly used in applications where frequent assembly and disassembly are required, and where a reliable and adjustable connection is needed.
Shop more types and styles of rivets in our huge range at Essentra Components. Other materials in which our rivets are manufactured include nylon, polypropylene and more.
Key Hole Clips have a hollow interior that is shaped like a key hole. This design allows the clip to collapse more completely for easy finger-pressure assembly. The tapered, bullet-style point of the rivet clip helps guide into a panel.
These clips provide good electrical insulation. They also have resistance to vibration, abrasion and corrosion - making them a durable and cost-effective fastening solution. Available for a range of hole diameters and panel thicknesses.
Pop Rivets are a convenient fastener used mainly when panel access is limited or restricted to one side. This means they tend to be installed on the rear (blind) side of the application, allowing the components to be joined together.
Depending on the nature of the application, these rivets can also be used instead of welds, adhesives, screws, nuts and bolts. Pop Rivets permanently fix two materials together. They are ideal for thin applications, and suitable for materials including; woods, metals and plastics.
Easily installed, with a hammer or with a special riveting tool. Pop Rivets are inserted into a tight panel hole, passing through the two materials being riveted.
Our Pop Rivet range is strong, but light in weight. It offers good electrical insulating properties, as well as resistance from vibration, abrasion and corrosion. It also features chemical resistance.
Canoe Clips are a low-cost fastener, designed to work in the same way as a rivet or a screw. The design of these clips means they are easier to remove than other rivets. The range features a variety of styles, including those with a fully hollow anchor, or those that have a partially hollow anchor.
Suitable for front panel mounting, these economical clips easily snap into round holes and cover a smaller surface area. They are ideal for securely holding a variety of materials in place, including both metals and plastics. No tools are required for installation - simply apply thumb pressure over the flat round-shaped head.
Our range offers good electric insulation, as well as vibration, abrasion and corrosion resistance. They can be used on electronic, automotive or machine applications. Canoe Clips insert neatly into panel holes, and are ideal for long-term signs and displays. They can be removed and reused on occasion; however, thanks to their extra firm grip, they are better suited to applications that do not change very often.
Countersunk Rivets are used in countersunk holes and other applications that require a flat finish. Their design allows them to sit flush to a surface, meaning the rivet head will not protrude once installed. They are ideal for sliding track applications.
These rivets also benefit from a tamper resistant design and they are able to accommodate countersunk hole specification DIN ISO 7721.
Drive Fasteners feature a hollow body that increases flexibility during the insertion and removal process - making them easy to install and remove. The grommet expands as the pin is inserted, providing a snug fit.
Our range includes material options made from Natural Acetal with a UL94 HB flame resistances rating, Polyoxymethylene (POM) that are available in Black and Natural, and Nylon 6/6 in Black and Natural that offer a flame resistance rating of UL94 V0.
Drive Fasteners are a multi-purpose rivet, ideal for applications in need of a front-mounted rivet. These rivets mean that connecting, mounting and fastening is feasible without the requirement of installation tools. They can be used as an effective, decorative hole plug.
Folding Leg Push-In Rivets have a foldable leg design that provides a secure grip for a range of applications and materials.
Pushing the pin into the rivet body causes the legs to expand outwards, allowing them to get a firm grip on the material in the assembly. The rivet legs expand to a distance of 18.6mm.
This expansion allows the rivet to cover a larger surface area, but as a result has a weaker tensile strength. This makes these rivets more suited to thinner applications, such as cardboard boxes and other porous materials. Once installed, the rivet cannot be removed from the outside of the box.
Heat Sink Rivets are spring mounted. They are used to fasten a heat sink to a processor chip on a PCB. The metal spring provides continuous pressure to the heat sink until thermal adhesive cures.
Our range has two options. One has a Chrome Plated Steel spring and the other a Stainless Steel spring. The Stainless Steel option can also be installed using a cross head screwdriver.
Mounting Button Push In Rivets create a tight locking solution that mates two objects together. They are ideal for applications where metal fasteners cannot be used, such as Electrical and PCB applications.
The tensions wings help lock the rivet securely in place and cover a wider surface area. The rivet can only be removed from the underside of the board.
Our range features two types. Type 1 snap-locks into a 4mm diameter hole and Type 2 snap-locks into a 4.8 mm diameter hole.
These Push-In Rivets feature a pin for easy finger-pressure installation. They are a versatile rivet that can be mounted in round, square or rectangular holes. Square hole mounting is used for anti-rotation applications.
The rivet features a pin and a grommet, with options supplied either assembled or pre-assembled. These rivets can also be removed after installation, for added convenience.
Push Fasteners are an easy to use and quick fastening solution that is ideal for neatly, and securely joining two parts together. They are made from Natural Nylon 6/6.
Nylon is a strong, tough and durable material often used for connecting elements and other technical components. These fasteners provide an inexpensive, fast, and convenient method to join plastic, light sheet metal, insulating materials, circuit boards, or any other thin, lightweight material. Push Fasteners have specially designed legs that provide compression and expansion, helping to lock the fastener into pre-punched holes. They also have large heads for much easier assembly, and can be reused - making them an economical choice for your application.
This range lock into pre-punched panels. The effective design, as well as the Nylon material used to produce them, makes them vibration, abrasion and corrosion resistant.
Snap Rivets are a quick and easy fastener solution that can be installed without the need for any tools! Fast and economical, they have specially designed legs that expand and firmly lock the component parts permanently in place.
Browse our range that is available in a choice of Nylon materials, including; Nylon 6, Nylon 6/66 and Nylon 4/6. These options are manufactured with flame resistance ratings of UL94 V0 and UL94 V2. Also available in our Snap Rivets range are options intended for high temperature applications. These rivet options are made from Polysulfide (PSU) and are flame rated to UL94 HB - they can withstands temperatures of up to 311F (155C).
Load Spreading Rivets are a type of rivet that provides a fast, economical and permanent fastening solution. Load Spreading Rivets are installed by placing the rivet body into a panel hole and pushing the pre-assembled plunger downwards into the assembly. The rivet expands in the application, providing a secure and tight fit. These rivets provide solid connections by means of blind side fixing.
Materials include; Nylon 6/6 and Polyethylene (PE). This rivet range offers good electrical insulation, and also corrosion resistance.
Sold separately is a Rivet Hand Tool, offering faster fixing and is the recommended application method.
These rivets are a one-piece design with a pre-driven pin. Many styles avaiable for a variety of hole sizes and panel thicknesses. Removable by png out the pin
Barbed Push-In Rivets can be inserted into threaded and unthreaded holes to form a strong and reliable joint. They are a popular choice when selecting a plastic quick fastener.
The rivets anchor has a ribbed design that ensures quick and easy installation. When inserted with a simple push into a panel hole, the ribs deflect and then spring back into position. This locks the rivet, allowing it to hold the panel securely in place.
This rivet option is useful for mounting fans, as well for the securing of seat pads and other fabric items. Suitable for a variety of materials, including; wood, foam, rubber, metals and plastics. These rivets are ideal for threaded, non-threaded, drilled or punched holes. They are available in a choice of sizes and style options, for a range of hole diameters and panel thicknesses.
Quarter Turn Fasteners engage receptacles and are fastened by turning the stud about 90 degrees - a process known as a 'quarter-turn rotation'. The fastener provides a predictable holding force and offers a detent in locked position that resists opening in error. A solution that is quick, but secure in its assembly. They are a fast fastener that provide a permanent mounting solution. An ideal choice, suitable for security panels and components that need to be replaced in a hurry.
To install and remove; Use a flat-head screwdriver or a coin and give the fastener a quarter-turn. This releases the bottom panel while retaining the fastener in the removable panel. Alternatively, drive the plunger into the grommet with a hammer that locks two panels together.
Our range of Quarter Turn Fasteners is available in a choice of materials, including; Acetal Co-Polymer, Acetal RMS-14, Nylon 6/6 and Polyamide.
Ratchet Rivets are comprised of two identical parts that grip together to form a quick and convenient fastening. They act as a special cushioning washer for larger surfaces, and are ideal for rotating applications, such as rotating sheets.
These useful rivets require no tools, screws or other component parts to install - simply snap two of the rivets together by hand to form a single fastening assembly.
Rivet Hand Tools made from Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS). ABS benefits from good heat, impact, chemical, impact and abrasion resistance. It also has great stability, tensile strength, surface hardness, rigidity and electrical properties, and even copes well at low temperatures. The tool provides faster assembly and more accurate placement of Drive Rivets. The large plunger head and easy grip handle reduce operator fatigue.
To install; the rivet is loaded into the tool and inserted into the prepared hole. Pressure on the plunger frees the pin and expands the rivet in the assembly.
Snap Latch Rivets comprise of a Plunger made from Nylon 6 and a Grommet made from Polycarbonate (PC). Together they form a Snap Latch assembly for the joining and securing of panels.
To install; simply push the grommet into the removable panel and then the desired plunger into the grommet. When the panel and plunger are pushed into the fixed panel, it locks them together. Pull on the plunger to easily remove the non-fixed panel.
These handy panel fasteners are ideal for applications that require regular maintenance work. They are offered in easy-grip or mini-grip designs to suit an array of panel hole and thickness ranges.
Snap Latch Rivets are ideal for applications, such as; electrical equipment, metal enclosures, telecommunications equipment, appliances, and more.
Mini Snap Rivets comprised of male and female parts. Made from natural nylon 6/6 that is UL94 V2, RMS-01. The perfect solution for fixing two panels together, with a simple snap.
Quickly install by simply pressing together. These rivets are an ideal choice for outdoor environments. They are resistant to corrosion, oil, abrasion and most chemicals.
Also known as Assembly Clips, these two part fasteners have teeth that grip together for quick fastening. Leaves smooth appearance on both sides. Each pack includes the male and femal versions. Available in black and white. Nylon 6/6
Snap Fastener that includes both a Polypropylene (PP) male clip and a Low Density Polyethylene (LDPE) female washer.
The rivet assembly includes a male clip and a female washer. The male clip is ratcheted into the female washer; the single assembly is used to mate two surfaces together. This rivet assembly is an ideal choice for corrugated panels.
Unscrewing Rivets are quick release fasteners, suitable for security panels and components that need to be replaced in a hurry. They can be easily installed, tightened, loosened, and removed using a cross head screwdriver.
Our range includes several material options, including rivets made from Nylon 6 and Nylon 6/6 that have a cross drive for easy assembly or disassembly. They are ideal for use in electrical and electronic assemblies due to the good electrical insulation properties. Also available are options made from Polyamide PA6 that are suitable for larger hole diameters and offer a high retention force.