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Using Threaded Rivet Nuts for Blind Applications

Peter Timpanelli, Director - Global Sales at Atlas Engineering

In the area of fastening, most types of fasteners designed to provide permanent load-bearing threads in thin materials require both sides of a workpiece to be accessible during installation and final component assembly. For those instances where there is access from only one side, so-called "blind" applications, threaded rivet nuts (also known as blind threaded rivets, blind rivet nuts, and threaded inserts) can provide a practical and effective solution. New types and variations continue to emerge. With inaccessibility no longer an obstacle, aluminum, brass, steel, or stainless steel threaded rivet nuts (whether "standard" or "heavy duty") are ideally suited (where other permanently installed threaded hardware is not) for tubing, extrusion, and other similar types of applications.

Their use eliminates any need for additional hardware beyond a mating screw to complete final component assembly, and they offer a practical alternative to tapped holes, weld nuts, rivets, and self-drilling or tapping screws.

Installation from the accessible "front" side of a workpiece (as thin as .020 in./0.50 mm) can be handled anywhere in a shop without requiring product-dedicated assembly locations, or the fasteners can be installed in the field as part of end product maintenance or repair.

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