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Are you a fastener distributor, OEM, or hardware supplier in need of threaded inserts? Here at Rapid Rivet & Fastener Corp. we offer a wide range of solutions that will suit your needs.
Most Common Threaded Insert Applications
A threaded insert is a fastener that allows an internal or external threaded form to be installed in or through an installation surface. The insert can then receive a bolt, screw or nut and allow the two items to be joined together. Threaded inserts are a type of blind rivet, as access to the reverse side of the joint is not required to install the insert.
Many types of threaded inserts are installed with the use of a special tool that has a threaded stud. This stud engages the threads of the insert and pulls upward, which causes a portion of the body of the insert to deform and expand against the reverse side of the material being fastened. the result is a secure, permanent joint to which a screw or bolt can be attached. Some types of threaded inserts swage into place. In such a case, a nut is held captive within a thin metal sleeve. An installation tool engages the threaded portion of the nut and draws it upward into the thin metal sleeve portion.
The nut portion is slightly wider than the sleeve, and as the nut is drawn into the sleeve, the sleeve is expanded outward against the reverse side of the work piece. The nut portion jams into the sleeve and is fixed into place. There are types of threaded inserts are used to repair damaged threads in existing threaded parts. The damaged threads are drilled out, a special tap is run in to create a threaded surface for the repair insert, which is then installed with a special tool. The repair insert is held to the tapped hole by the tight tolerance of the insert and by the coil spring action of the insert. The replacement thread is designed to be the same size as the original thread. There are also threaded inserts that have a stud or external thread in place of the internal threads, which allow a nut to be installed to the work piece.
Threaded inserts can be installed in a variety of materials including metals, composites, plastics, and even ceramics. Common uses include leg levelers in appliances, electronic cases, air conditioner and refrigeration equipment. They are used to add attachments such as luggage racks to automobiles and as components in boats, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles. A threaded insert can be used in any application where a thin sheet material or a composite material needs to have a threaded fastener attached.
Manufacturing & Quality
There are many different types of threaded inserts that can be used in a wide variety of applications. Most threaded insert are available in steel. Other types of threaded inserts are available in aluminum, stainless steel, brass and Monel. There are inserts with protruding heads, which are meant for use where a large bearing surface is needed. There are also threaded inserts with small, low profile heads that, when installed, are nearly flush with the work surface and do not require any dimpling or countersinking. Thread sizes range from 6/32â?? to 3/8-16â?? (U.S. threads) and metric sizes from M4 to M10. The vast majority of threaded inserts are manufactured with class 2 coarse threads and are generally intended for commercial and industrial use.
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Why Call Rapid Rivet?
Rapid Rivet & Fastener Corp. is a leading and trusted master stocking distributor handling the supply and distribution of precision fasteners including solid rivets, blind rivets, semi-tubular rivets, rivet nuts, threaded inserts and drive rivets. We serve the rivet needs of military, aerospace and commercial industries.
Our sales force has complete knowledge of product dimensional tolerances, plating, materials testing, and certification, as well as RoHS, REACH, DFARS and Conflict Minerals requirements, which will ensure our products meet your mil-spec or OEM specifications. Rapid Rivet was established in 1985 to provide lot controlled, domestically manufactured rivets to multi-line hardware distributors throughout the United States. Today, Rapid Rivet and Faster Corp. is recognized as a reliable source of high quality fasteners in many materials and sizes.
Why Use A Rivet?
- They're economical. Rivets costs are low compared to other fasteners.
- Once driven, they require no additional installation work or maintenance, and no supplementary parts such as nuts or lock washers.
- They're secure. Rivets create a tamper-proof, permanent joint.
- They provide consistently uniform results with a minimum of inspection expense.
- They facilitate the joining of different materials and materials of non-uniform thicknesses.
- They allow for high rates of production with a minimum investment in installation machinery.
- Rivets are versatile. In addition to their use as aerospace and automotive fastener, they can be used for electrical connections, stops, pivots, cam followers, inserts, spacers, and as decorative elements.