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Shoulder Rivets

Shoulder Rivets

A shoulder rivet has a manufactured head on one end, a solid shoulder under the head and a smaller diameter shank that is solid or has a semi-tubular or tubular hole.

Shoulder Rivet Applications

Shoulder rivets quickly and inexpensively join work-piece materials together while permitting rotation of the riveted work-piece. The shoulder of the rivet acts as a bearing surface when the rivet shank is clinched tight to the non-rotating part of the work piece(s). Shoulder rivets can act as slides, stops or guide points for assembled work-pieces. On bolt-less shelving units, the shoulder portion of the rivet is press fit into a “keyway hole” on the upright leg of the shelf to form a strong removable joint. Riveted work-pieces are most often joined together by impacting or compressing the shank end of the rivet with a crimping die (rivet anvil).

Customization Options

Rivet Head Styles

  • Flat
  • oval
  • Truss
  • Button
  • Countersunk


  • Steel
  • Stainless Steel
  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Copper

Plating & Coating

  • Selected by end user, dependent on application 


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Why use Shoulder Rivets?

  • High speed assembly. Rivets feed automatically in impact rivet machines that cycle in approximately 3/10th of a second. Spin/orbital machine methods of clinching cycle in approximately 5-8 seconds.  Air, hydraulic or mechanical presses and hand clinch tools can also be used
  • Permanent fastener with good joint strength
  • Permits joint rotation and/or slide or stop points on assemblies
  • Once riveted in place the shoulder can be easily press fit into keyway holes with a rubber mallet
  • Ease of joint inspection
  • Rivet clinches can be roll-clinched, spun, flared or press clinched
  • Can be used to fasten similar or different materials of multiple work-pieces on hinged assemblies
  • Inexpensive alternative to threaded fasteners
  • Virtually no scrap is produced during the manufacturing process
  • Easily adapted for automation

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