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A rivet is a mechanical fastener used for joining two panels, or multiple objects together. It is made up of a smooth cylindrical shaft with a head at one end. To install the rivet, the end without the head is inserted through a hole in both of the objects to be joined and the head is then hammered or pressed onto the exposed end. This expands the shaft, creating a tight and secure joint.
Plastic rivets tend to be cylindrical, headed fasteners that can be either pushed or pressed into place when securing items together as permanent fastening solutions and are actually used all around us across a whole host of applications.
Plastic push rivets - made from acetal, nylon and other types of plastic.
Ratchet rivets - made from nylon, LPDE and polypropylene.
Removable Rivets - choose from acetal, nylon, and polycarbonate.
Snap Rivets - available in packs consisting of both female and male to suit your project requirements. When installed they simply snap to the application in which they are fixed.
Barbed rivets - commonly called pop rivets, they ensure fast and easy installation and can be applied to various materials such as wood, metal and rubber
Other rivets featured in our extensive range include drive rivets, fir tree rivets, blind rivets, furniture fixings and nylon panel fasteners. We also stock rivet tools such as a rivet gun and rivet hand tools.
Plastic rivets are suitable for use in a variety of applications, including the automotive, and construction industries. They are also used in electronics applications and also widely used in medical and consumer products too.
Plastic rivets offer a number of benefits over metal rivets, such as:
Head over to our Knowledge Centre for more information about rivets in our guides such as:
How to choose Plastic Rivets Guide
All you need to know about removable rivets
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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.
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.
Plastic Screw 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. The Nylon range extends with high-strength options made from Impact Modified Nylon, offered with a choice of pin material. The Acetal pin option is ideal for solid or hollow materials, including; wood, concrete, metal, plastic, tile block or mortar. The Zinc Plated Steel option provides excellent thermal and electrical insulation, as well as having a high pull-out force. Also available are options made from Polyamide PA6 that are suitable for larger hole diameters and offer a high retention force.
Pop Rivets, also known as Blind Rivets or Clinch Rivets, are a convenient fasteners 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.
Suitable for light to medium duty applications; a Pop Rivet can be used in place of adhesives, screws, nuts and bolts. Pop Fasteners 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 Riveters are inserted into a tight panel hole, passing through the two materials being riveted.
Our Pop Riveting range is strong, but lightweight. It offers good electrical insulating properties, as well as resistance from vibraton, abrasion and corrosion.
Push In Rivet, also known as a H Type Rivet, has a bevelled head design. The bevel design helps facilitates efficient assembly and removal.
The rivet is installed by quickly and easily inserting it into the work piece. Press down on the pin, which engages the "H-shaped" grommet. Once the pin is inserted into the grommet, the grommet legs expand and lock the rivet assembly firmly into position. Once the rivet assembly is installed, the head of the pin protrudes from the panel surface, but gives a nice clean and finished look nonetheless.
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.
Fir Tree Rivet that features a double ended design; allowing for the blind fixing of two panels from the centre, so that no fastener head is visible.
The simple design allows the rivet to be pressed neatly into position and provides a clean finish to your application. Ideal for joining and securing soft sheet materials, such as; board, rubber and secondary panels.
More durable than using adhesive, provides high pull out loads and they are quick and easy to install by hand.
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, also referred to as Push Pull Fasteners or Push-in Clips, are an easy to use and quick fastening solution that is ideal for neatly, and securely joining two parts together. These Push Fit Fasteners are made from Natural Nylon 6/6 and Polypropylene (PP).
Nylon is a strong, tough and durable material often used for connecting elements and other technical components. These Nylon Panel 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 In Fasteners have specially designed legs that provide compression and expansion, helping to lock the fastener into pre-punched holes. These Push In Rivets also have large heads for much easier assembly, and can be reused - making them an economical choice for your application.
This Push-On Fastener range lock into pre-punched panels. The effective design, as well as the materials used to produce these Plastic Push-in Panel Fasteners makes them vibration, abrasion and corrosion resistant.
This Push In Rivet, also known as a Push/Pull Knob Rivet or a Releasable Rivet, is a type of panel fastener designed for optimal assembly and removal for a range of applications, particularly those that require regular maintainance, as well as fast assembly and removal.
This "T" style Removable Rivet features a knob-shaped rivet head that is easy to grasp, and will improve operator comfort. The Knob Head Rivet benefits from a simple push-push design and requires no installation tools. This easy and effective push-pull design allows for these Releasable Rivets to snap in and out of the application up to 25 times - making them a highly economical and reusable solution. It also significantly speeds up the installation and disassembly.
Snap Rivets are a quick and easy fastener solution, which can be installed without the need of any tools! Fast and economical, they have specially designed legs that expand and firmly lock the component parts permanently in place.
Browse our extensive Nylon Snap Rivet range that fits with a simple push, and have a tidy and smooth finish. Options made from Nylon 6, with a UL94 V2 flame resistance, or made from Nylon 6/66 with a flame resistance of UL94 V0. Also available in the Nylon Snap Rivets range are Heat Resistant Rivet Snaps made from Nylon 4/6 that have a UL94 V2 flame resistance rating.
Available are Pushing P Snap Rivets made from Black Polysulfone (PSU) that are UL94 HB flame rated. They can withstand temperatures up to 155C. Additionally, we also have a small selection of Spread Rivets, a fixing rivet for multiple panels, available in Clear K Resin or Black and White Polypropylene (PP).
A Snap Lock Pin, also known as a Push In Fastener Pin, creates an effective fast joint that is quick and easy to assemble; especially helpful for applications that do not allow screws and nuts to be used.
Snap Locks Pins are an ideal option for fixing connectors to Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) ahead of soldering. Additionally, they can also be used as a standard push fit panel fastener. They are easy to use, simply insert them into the panel hole and push down. They provide a clean and tidy finish.
This range features Snap Lock Pins with an arrowhead design, for a more secure hold and offering a wide clamping range.
Snap Lock Pins clip and lock easily into pre-punched holes, and they have excellent vibration, abrasion and corrosion resistance.
Spreading Rivets are a type of rivet that provides a fast, economical and permanent fastening solution. 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.
Our range features a choice of material options that include; Nylon 6, Nylon 6/6, Polypropylene (PP) and Polyethylene (PE). This rivet range offers good electrical insulation, and also corrosion resistance.
Available to buy separately is a Rivet Hand Tool that offers faster fixing for these Spreading Rivets, and is the recommended application method.
Tough Rivets have a quick and easy push-fit design. They have a one-piece design with a pre-driven pin that allows the rivet to be quickly installed by hand, or with automatic equipment. They can be easily removed by pulling the pin from the grommet.
Our range of Tough Rivets are suitable for applications requiring a push in, front-mounted (blind-side fixing) fastener, which can be removed and reused. The rivets provide that and more! They also benefit from strong vibration resistance and are a solid choice for for lightweight applications.
The rivet has a robust design that stays tough in its structure, but still provide a clean and tidy finish. These rivets are strong, reliable and are a highly economical choice.
Barbed Push-In Rivets, also known as Barbed Fasteners, Fir Tree Rivets and Pine Tree Clips, 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 Pine Tree 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.
Commonly referred to as Christmas Tree Fasteners or Xmas Tree Clips, this rivet option is useful for mounting fans, as well for the securing of seat pads and other fabric items. Fir Tree fixings are suitable for a variety of materials, including; wood, foam, rubber, metals and plastics. These Barbed Rivets are ideal for threaded, non-threaded, drilled or punched holes. Barbed Push Rivets are available in a choice of sizes and style options, for a range of hole diameters and panel thicknesses.
Quarter Turn Panel Fasteners, commonly known as Quarter-turn Studs or Rivets, 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. Quarter-turn Fasteners & assembly parts offer a solution that is quick, but secure in its assembly. Plastic Quarter Turn Rivets 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 Plastic Quarter Turn Fasteners: 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 Quarter Turn Fastener range is available in a choice of materials, including; Acetal Co-Polymer, Acetal RMS-14, Polyoxymethylene (POM), Nylon 6/6 and Polyamide.
Ratchet Rivets are a coloured snap-together fastener made from plastic that requires a two rivet assembly. Simply snap the two identical ratchet rivets together to create a single connection ready for your application.These easy to use rivets require no tools, such as screws, for installation.
Ratchet Rivets can be used with Snap Rings and Snap Ring Washers, when the compatible mating hole has a 5.5mm diameter.
When used in combination with a Snap Ring, the rivet becomes suitable for very thin applications. Ratchet Rivets can also be used with Snap Ring Washer's, which acts as a special cushioning washer, providing the ratchet rivet with more surface support.
This Rivet Gun is suitable for use with Pop Rivets. The combination setting tool is ideal for one-hand applications. The single handed operation allows you to decrease the pressure required for riveting by up to 40 percent. This is achieved because operating force increases as a users hand closes around the lever; this force is fully taken advantage of by way of the special lever with an ergonomic design.
The Blind Rivet Gun makes the installation of blind rivets quick and easy, but also comfortable.
The rivet installation tool has a robust design that offers secure riveting. The gun features a used rivet mandrel container. The guns jaw mechanism grips the rivet mandrel firmly after breaking, which can then be released once more by pressing the lever forwards. The long stroke is handy for highly blind rivets.
Make fastening rivets quick and easy with our range of Rivet Hand Tools ideal for installing Rivets.
Featured in our range is a hand tool made from plastic coated metal that is black in appearance. This handy and easy to use tool ensures secure fastening of Push-In Rivets. Install by; simply positioning the rivet tool over the stem of the rivet, and push down.
Also available are Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) installation tools, available in Green. This tool is suitable for Drive Rivets and offers faster assembly and more accuracy of rivet placement. 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 large plunger head and easy-grip handle help reduce operator fatigue. Install by; load rivet into the tool and insert into the application 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.
Our range of Snap Rings are made from Nylon, and come in two different types; Snap Rings and Snap Ring Washers. Frequently used in combination with Ratchet Rivets (commonly known as Assembly Clips), when the compatible hole is 5.5mm in diameter.
When Snap Rings, also named Ratchet Rings, are used with Ratchet Rivet Clips, the fixing range is increased, and this enables the full rivet fixing length to be used. This combination is ideal for joining very thin applications.
The Snap Ring Washer, also named Ratchet Washers, can be used together with both a Snap Ring and Ratchet Rivet - this results in greater surface support for softer materials and for larger hole sizes. This combination is suitable for rotating applications.
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