Not all of us are mechanically inclined. Have you ever had to put together your own furniture? Or work on your own car? Sometimes, it’s hard enough on its own-- but have you ever had to put something together with the part that wasn’t quite right? It’s like putting together a puzzle with all the wrong pieces.
There is a time and a place for each part. At Volt Industrial Plastics, we create all kinds of different parts for you to use in manufacturing to help the end product be put together simply and effectively. Each part is very different, even though many generally accomplish the same thing. They hold things together. But the difference between having EXACTLY the right part, and one that will just kind of, sort of do, is huge.
Both rivets and push in clips can help you put together all the pieces, but how do you know which one would be better? A certain type of rivet? Or something else entirely? Here are a few types of rivets and how each one can be applied differently for your specific purpose:
These can come in all different types and sizes, but the main benefit of snap rivets is that they require no power tools for installation. You simply snap the male/female parts together for a quick and easy assembly. Many times, this is ideal when the end user is unlikely to have tools readily available and wanting a quick and easy setup. A perfect example is furniture. Someone is ordering your product from Amazon and assembling the item on their own. A few screws and bolts for the big stuff, and then the snap rivets to finish it off! Removal of these can be difficult so it’s better suited for a more permanent application.
These rivets are different than the snap version because they squeeze together to fit any panel thickness. They are most commonly used for cardboard displays, but they can be used in many other applications as well. They have serrated teeth that are used to grip onto each other when pushed together and can come with an extension for wider panels.
While our rivets come in all types of varieties, there are push in clips that we offer as well to meet other needs and hit different price points. These come in a wide variety of different shapes, sizes, and are also usually easily installed. The two major categories of the clips that we offer are Christmas tree clips and canoe clips. We will go over the differences below:
PUSH IN CHRISTMAS TREE CLIPS
We offer a variety of over 30 different types of Christmas clips, but generally, they all have a few of the same components. They can be pushed in, and are commonly used to securing of fastening thinner items, such as trim or other softer materials. They provide a clean and finished look with a rounded or squared top. Some things to consider when choosing your Christmas tree clip are the level of grip you require, the finished look you are trying to achieve, and the size of the hole the clip will be going into. Another thing to keep in mind is whether or not you would like the clip to be easily removed or not. Whatever your needs, we have a Christmas tree clip that will work for you!
PUSH IN CANOE CLIPS
The main difference between a canoe clip and a Christmas tree clip is the shape of the head. Canoe clips are more rounded, they don’t have the serrated edges, and they are almost in the shape of a small canoe-- hence the name! They provide a fast and inexpensive way to secure things. The main advantage of these clips is the low cost. Many times they are used in place of screws and rivets and are ideal for securing lightweight panels to other panels. Still don’t know which one is best for your needs? Well, that’s what we’re for. At Volt Industrial Plastics, we are the experts in helping you fit all your puzzle pieces together. We work with our customers to develop and produce the finest quality product for every application. We welcome every opportunity to put our experience, technical expertise, and rapid response production capability to work for you.