Sometimes the simplest seeming products and supplies end up revealing themselves to be far more interesting and complex, upon closer inspection. Of all the fasteners that are regularly used in industry and commerce, for example, the humble rivet probably stands among the apparently simplest of all. Just like nails and screws, such a fastener comprises a single piece that is meant to handle all the work of keeping two or more parts held together. Unlike such related fasteners, however, those of this basic design include a means of preventing withdrawal after being set. By allowing for the far end of the element to be crimped or otherwise deformed such that it becomes larger than the hole the fastener was set in, a rivet can allow for the easy, quick formation of an essentially permanent joint.
While that might be simple enough, rivets go quite a bit beyond this important but basic principle in terms of what they offer. Companies like Rapid Rivet offer a huge range of such products, each with its own particular features and advantages. As a result, a little investigation into the matter will reveal that these fasteners, despite sometimes seeming fairly simple, actually cover a good deal of ground as a family.
Rivets that are made from solid metal are probably the ones that are most commonly seen in practice, and also those that best support the idea that such fasteners are fundamentally simple. In addition to being relatively straightforward in terms of their basic nature, these kinds of fasteners also excel in other ways. For one, they tend to be the strongest of all when it comes to fastening power and resilience, with the solidity of their construction resisting opposing forces as well as possible.
On the other hand, other members of the family boast their own important advantages. In some cases, for instance, the details of a project will mean that the backside of certain joints cannot easily be accessed. Rivets that are designed for installation in such cases are typically described as “blind,” as they can be set without even seeing the free end that must be crimped or distorted in order to make the joint permanent.
Achieving this quite naturally requires a different approach to design than would be the norm with solid parts, but fairly little often needs to be sacrificed in the process. With relatively specialized, helpful capabilities like these being enabled by quite a wide range of fasteners from this general class, these simple-seeming parts can turn out to be more complex than might be assumed.