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The correct use and longevity of any fastener often depends on many factors. One of the most important of these is the quality of the anti-seize technology used in putting them in place. It is common to find that most people don’t even know that anti seize compounds are needed during fastening, but you will definitely need it when putting in place aluminum socket screws or Inconel socket head cap screws in place if you want to have an easy time with them.

What is anti-seize technology?
In a nutshell, anti-seize refers to a solution that is normally applied to fasteners before fastening them. The product often comes in the form of a solution which is then applied to the threads of the fastener before fastening. There are more modern methods of applying the anti-seize, which usually involves dipping them in the solution for some time and then taking them out. This has the effect of reducing the amount of time it takes to do the application, as using a brush often takes longer. It also ensures a more regular spread of the solution.
using anti-seize technology on screws

What does it do?

The solution is usually made out of a solution that has small flakes of metal in it. The general goal of putting the solution on fasteners is to reduce the risk of seizing and corrosion when you are installing them, removing them or when they are in place. During installation, the solution acts as a lubricant to reduce friction. After the fastener is in place, the liquid within the solution evaporates, leaving the solids behind. The solids usually have a low coefficient of friction, which then reduces friction between the fastener and the item you are putting together. This makes it easier for you to undo it without having to use a lot of force or to damage the fastener or the object you are removing it from.


What are the major benefits of using anti-seize?

The use of anti-seize first reduces the risk of corrosion. This is mostly due to the fact that the liquid used usually coats the fasteners against destruction by water and oxygen. In addition to that, the reduction of friction between the fastener and the item you are putting together will also reduce loss. This is because you will not have to use too much force to either install or remove the fastener. This is usually the main reason why the fastener or the item you are fastening become damaged. Also connected to this is the fact that you will not have to use destructive forces to remove the fastener. These usually include drilling through a fastener that has seized due to corrosion.
The use of anti-seize usually makes a lot of sense when doing fastening in an environment where the risk of corrosion is very high, but it can be used practically anywhere. The next time you are commissioning a project where you are likely to use a large number of fasteners, you should remember the benefits of using this technology.

About the Author

Larry Melone
By Larry Melone

Started my career in the fastener world in 1969 at, Parker Kalon Corp. a NJ based screw manufacturer located in Clifton, NJ working in inventory control, scheduling secondary production and concluding there in purchasing. In 1971 I accepted a sales position at Star Stainless Screw Co., Totowa, NJ working in inside sales and later as an outside salesman, having a successful career at Star I had the desire with a friend to start our own fastener distribution company in 1980 named: Divspec, Kenilworth, NJ. This was a successful adventure but ended in 1985 with me starting Melfast in August 1985 and have stayed competitive and successful to date. Melfast serves the OEM market with approximately 400 accounts nationally.

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