Riveting is one of the oldest and most common jobs accomplished with factory presses. Riveting is useful for a wide variety of materials and applications, from cloth and canvas to aluminum to stainless steel and more. This process can be used for decorative purposes or highly functional purposes. Riveting is essential for connecting materials together with a tight, durable seal that can withstand demanding applications and harsh environments. Air Hydraulics Inc. designs and manufactures factory presses for fast, accurate riveting for a wide variety of metals and many different industries and applications.
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Riveting is not only one of the most versatile methods for connecting objects together, but it’s also one of the oldest, with some rivets dating back to the Bronze Age. Many of these types of rivets are still used today. The types of rivets available and the riveting machines used to install them have also changed enormously though. Pneumatic, hydraulic, and hydropneumatic riveting machines make it possible to fit the toughest materials together with the tightest fits, and do it quickly and efficiently. Hydraulic and hydropneumatic presses are some of the most powerful riveting machines available, and work with many different kinds of rivets across a range of applications. From aerospace to automotive, consumer appliances, construction materials, mining equipment and much more, hydraulic and air-over-oil riveting presses help to make efficient, durable riveting possible.
Types of Rivets
There are dozens of different types of rivets which are used in almost any application imaginable. Different rivets may be installed using a press, gun, or hammer, depending on your needs, and may be installed using a cold riveting or hot riveting process. Most rivets are made from low-carbon steel, which has some flexibility, and will take the proper shape with less force required. However, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, and copper rivets are also common in other applications. The following are a few of the different types of common rivets, though our riveting presses work effectively with many different kinds of rivets. To learn more about highly efficient riveting presses for your applications, contact our press experts.
A solid rivet is one of the most common types of rivets. It’s also the oldest, and may be the simplest as well. As the name implies, a solid rivet is a simple, complete cylinder with a wide head. The shape of the head might be flat, rounded, or angular, so it is flush with the surface and doesn’t stick out. A hydraulic, pneumatic, or hydropneumatic riveting press with the right design and the right amount of force will install these rivets quickly and efficiently across a variety of metal types and materials.
Tubular rivets are similar in shape to solid rivets, but the cylinder is hollow. These include semi-tubular, which are only partially hollow, and full tubular rivets, which are completely hollow. These rivets generally do not require as much force to install as solid rivets, but nonetheless form a tight seal. Like solid rivets, the heads of these rivets may be flat, rounded, or angular.
Blind rivets are significantly different from the previous two types of rivets. Blind rivets use an additional long, thin, metal piece called a mandrel to install the rivets when one end of the rivet isn’t visible. When only one side of a workpiece is accessible, blind rivets make it possible to join the pieces together securely. Like the previously mentioned types of rivets, there are many different kinds of blind rivets with a wide variety of applications, from construction materials to consumer appliances to electronics, and many more.
Find the Right Press Riveting Machine
Finding the right riveting press machine can increase your shop’s productivity and efficiency, but can also make your workplace safer, and better prepare your processes for the future. If you’d like to learn more about pneumatic, hydropneumatic, or hydraulic presses for riveting applications, contact us. We’re happy to help you find a press that fits comfortably and effectively into your shop and processes.