Tamper-proof fasteners are intended to keep the average Joe from, well, tampering with an assembly. For most applications, that’s good enough, but not all.
Tamper-proof fasteners are intended to keep the average Joe from, well, tampering with an assembly. For most applications, that’s good enough. However, for someone who is determined to get at an assembly, finding a driver bit to match a standard tamper-proof head isn’t that difficult-unless that fastener happens to be the new Key-Rex socket screw from Bryce Fastener Manufacturing Inc. (Gilbert, AZ).
Key-Rex socket screws are custom-made. Each customer receives a fastener with a uniquely shaped socket. That socket geometry is registered to that customer, so the fasteners cannot be duplicated and no existing tool sets will fit the head. The matching screwdrivers are made by Bryce, and distribution of the tools is tightly controlled.
Socket geometries are randomly assigned, and millions of permutations are possible. Screw sizes range from #2 to 5/8-11. Available with either button or flat heads, the fasteners can be made from stainless steel or alloy steel. The minimum order quantity is small, and lead times are short.
The new fasteners are used in assemblies that require the highest level of protection from theft, vandalism or unauthorized access. Such products include control panels, transformers, electric meters, telecommunications enclosures, cable boxes, air bags, wheel locks, military assemblies and automated teller machines.
For more information, call 480-503-3734 or visit www.brycefastener.com.
Assembly Innovations: Custom Screws Assemble High-Security Applications
January 1, 2007