Self-pierce riveting for perfect joints

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High-strength and process reliability joining of materials

RIVSET® self-pierce riveting is a process for a high strength mechanical joining of similar or combinations of materials whereby several layers can be joined without problem.


All manufacturing industry has to join materials together. The importance and use of mechanical joining methods has increased significantly in recent years.


  • No pre-drilling
  • Especially approvite for hybrid joining
  • High dynamic fastness
  • Force and form-fit

The trend is towards the use of lightweight assemblies, galvanised and coated steels, high strenght steels, aluminium and plastics and combinations of these materials.
Particularly in the sheet-metal industry, RIVSET® self-pierce riveting has turned out to be very promising as an alternative and/or an addition to the previously dominating joining methods.

RIVSET® setting process

Self-pierce riveting



Material layers are joined by a hardened semi-tubular rivet in a single step with no pre-drilling, little noise and no emissions, producing an interlocked friction joint. The rivet is designed to penetrate through the top material and is spread under the influence of a die positioned below the lower material. As this lower material is not pierced the resulting joint is localised and impervious to gas and liquid.

  • How it works

    How it works

    • Clamping device
    • Punch
    • Self-pierce rivet
    • Upper workpiece
    • Lower workpiece
    • Die


    • Cold forming application:
      No heat input to the application area
    • No distortion in the component
    • No thermal influence on material
    • With high dynamic strength
  • production process

    Production process

    • Automatic or manual processing
    • Integration into other assembly operations
    • Simple positioning of the components
    • Low demands on position tolerance
    • Stamped material remains inside the rivet
    • Rivets are able to absorb further functions
    • Low installation work for electricity, compressed air (6 bar)
  • RIVSET® – Materials


    • Wide range of material strengths
    • Multi-layer assemblies
    • Aluminium (pressure cast, extruded, sheet)
    • Deep drawing steels with mit Rm up to 500 N/mm²
    • High strength steels with Rm up to 1000 N/mm²
    • Also material combinations with magnesium, copper, films, metal mesh, wood, plastic (with fibre glass if applicable), sandwich materials
    • Adhesive as a middle layer
    • Coated Workpieces

Self-pierce rivet

A wide variety of applications and rigorously tested

RIVSET® self-pierce rivets

RIVSET® self-pierce rivets are exclusively produced in our own production locations and are subject to the strictest quality testing at every stage of production. This is the only way we can satisfy the high demands of our customers.
Rivet by rivet.

The wide variety of possible applications of self-pierce rivets also explains the wide range of variants. RIVSET® self-pierce rivets differ in material, shape, hardness, surface, head shape, shaft length and diameter:
Your application determines the rivet type.


The development and design of the RIVSET® self-pierce rivet is done with extraordinary diligence. On the way to the final rivet design several tests and test series are carried out in our own technical laboratory.


Qualified for your branch!

Our products are top of the class in their markets and we continue to offer the most appropriate joining method throughout all industrial sectors.
Collaboration with our customers leads to the development and application of consistent and reliable fastening solutions.

Innovative industries require innovative partners.

Sample applications for self-pierce rivet joints

  • Automotive industry

    Automotive industry

    Automated self-pierce rivet systems are used for all bodywork areas, assembly, interior and exterior.

    Industry solution
  • Door and gate construction

    Door and gate construction

    Manually controlled self-pierce rivet systems replace orginally projected spot-welding or blind rivet joinings.
    The zinc coat of the sheets is staying undamaged. High-strength and required optical characteristics can be realised.

  • White and brown goods

    White and brown goods

    Robotically operated systems and handtools complete other joining technologies like clinching or blind riveting.

  • Transportation and vehicle construction

    Transportation and vehicle construction

    Manually self-pierce rivet systems with process control realize different joinings and geometries.

  • Ladder and scaffold manufacturing

    Ladder and scaffold manufacturing

    Hand or robotically operated self-pierce rivet systems abridge cycle time and advance capacitance.

  • Air conditioning and power engineering

    Air conditioning and power engineering

    Huge workpiece demensions can be joined with hand or robotically operated self-pierce rivet systems.

    Industry solution
  • Electro technology

    Electro technology

    Semi automated self-pierce rivet systems optimize your operating cycles by replacing blind rivet technology.

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