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Stainless Steel Lock Wire

Malin Co. is the leading supplier of lock wire, (also spelled as lockwire) safety wire, and other stainless steel wire products. We have been producing high-quality lockwire products since 1884. Furthermore, our safety lock wire products are ideal for aerospace applications as well as hardware and industrial wholesale companies.

Lock wire’s design ensures that fasteners are tight enough. Malin’s lockwire is a positive locking device, which functions as a safety mechanism to prevent the loosening of fasteners. Typically, lock wire is threaded through the fastener’s hole, twisted onto another part or fastener, and then twisted again.

The applications of lockwire – lock wire are endless. Typically lock wire is used in high vibration environments, and other forces, especially if there is a chance of the fasteners “shaking” loose.

What is Lock Wire?

Lock wire is an extremely versatile and useful tool for a wide variety of different industries. Nuts, bolts, and screws have the tendency to loosen themselves over long periods of time, and lockwire’s function is to prevent his from occurring. Thus, safety lock wire is a necessity for many industrial applications. The loosening of a bolt can result in dangerous mechanical failures in industrial and aerospace applications; therefore, lock wire is a critical tool in ensuring successful operation and the safety of employees.

Tips for Installing Stainless Steel Lock Wire

Nuts, bolts and screws must be tightened to their proper torque before application of lockwire. It is also important to align holes between fasteners whenever possible.

Upon completing the installation, the lock wire should be tight enough to prevent the nuts or bolts from moving.

The lockwire should always cause the nut or bolt to tighten rather than loosen. Install the wire so that it goes around the top of the head of the nut or bolt and pulls in the correct direction.

Avoid putting undue stress on the wire through over-winding or kinking, as this leads to weakness and breakage.

Leave 4 to 6 turns after the loop when cutting your lockwire.

Lock Wire

Lockwire Specialists  

Here at Malin Company, we have been producing high-quality lockwire products sine 1884. That’s 135 years of experience that has built a worldwide name as the leading supplier of safety wire products. Serving industries including Aerospace, hardware supply, industrial wholesale companies, medical, dental, and many more with our reliable and sustainable products.

We offer products in a wide range of materials including copper, aluminum, stainless steel and more. So whatever your wire need might be, Malin co. has the resources to give you the exact product you acquire. Including a variety of packaging for your wire-based needs. 

Purpose Of Lockwire 

Lock wire is an extremely versatile and useful tool for a wide variety of different industries. Nuts, bolts, and screws have the tendency to loosen themselves over long periods of time. The purpose of Lockwire is designed to ensure that fasteners remain tight and secure.

With a positive locking device that functions as a safety mechanism to prevent the loosening of fasteners. The lockwire is commonly threaded through the fasteners hole, twisted onto another part of the fastener and then twisted again. 

Size | Grade | Color 

Malin’s exclusive color-coded cans make it easy to identify their lockwire types. The blue canister is the famous stainless-steel lock wire. The yellow cans are Inconel lockwire. The orange canister is oxidized Inconel safety lockwire. And the red cans are Monel lock wire.

Each can is recyclable and molded from high-density polyethylene. Unlike the standard paper canisters, Malin’s canisters won’t degrade and will keep lock wire-free of grease and other corrosive materials. Lockwire from Malin Co is available in spools, coils, and bulk purchases.

Safety Wire and Lockwire products offered:

Stainless Steel Aerospace Lockwire / Safety Wire- Blue Canister- Standard materials of stainless steel type 302/304 ASTM A 580, 305 and 316 stainless are available upon request.

Inconel Aerospace Lockwire / Safety Wire – Yellow Canister

Oxidized Inconel Aerospace Lockwire / Safety Wire – Orange Canister

Monel Aerospace Lockwire / Safety Wire- Red Canister

Copper & Brass Breakaway Wire- Available in 1 lb. & 5 lb. Spools. Breakaway Wire is typically sold in the 1 lb. and 5 lb. spools. Other packaging options are available, including boxed coils, bulk coils, 1/4 lb Handi-Pak coils, custom spools, bulk spools, and bobbins.

General / Industrial Wire- Aluminum, Brass, Copper, Chromel, carbon (black, galvanized), Inconel, Monel,    Nickel, Nickel Silver, Stainless Steel (302, 303, 304, 304L, 316, 316L, 410, 430) Phosphorous Bronze, Nitinol, Titanium. Can quote other materials upon request.

Services Offered:

Straightened and Cut Wire- From .006” -.177” diameters and lengths from .500 to 10/ft. Length and diameter tolerances quoted upon request.

Electro Polished and Clean Wire- Diameters as fine as .006” to .041” diameter on spools.  The most commonly supplied wire is the 300 series of stainless steel.

Finishes – Matte, diamond drawn brite, centerless ground, and soap.

Wire Forming – Malin has also developed the ability to shape and form wire in all types of materials and configurations, no quantity is too small. We will set up and run both production and prototype quantities.


Wire Drawing- Malin Company can now draw aluminum, brass, copper, stainless steel, and nickel alloys. Diameters down to .0016” and up to .250” diameter. We can also draw and process customer supplied wire as well.

We always take the time to give our customers not only the product they need, but the presentation and customer service to be expected from a long-running, reliable company.

Purpose of LockwireLock Wire

What is Lock Wire? Lock wire is a crucial safety tool for ensuring mechanical stability. Bolts, screws, nuts and other types of fasteners will eventually loosen over longer periods of time. This especially occurs in applications that produce high levels of vibrations. Applications like sports cars, aircraft turbine engines and even weaponry can benefit greatly from the implementation of safety wire.

Lock wire’s central purpose is the prevention of loosening for nuts, bolts, and other fasteners. This tool essential ties two or more parts to one another, so they remain as secure as possible. Safety wiring prevents the loosening of fasteners by counteracting it with more tightening.

The common application method for the installation of safety wire involves twisting two strands of wire together with a “Double Twist” configuration. The single-strange installation method is more applicable in situations with closely-spaced fasteners. The number of fasteners lock wire can secure depends on how many are within reach of 24 inches of wire.

Additionally, it is important to avoid using safety wire for applications that involve excess chafing, tension or fatigue outside of the wire’s intended tightening function.

Lock Wire Application Methods

Performing safety wire installation involves choosing one of two methods. The double-twist method is the most typical of the two, while the single-wire method is more useful for nuts, bolts and other fasteners in closely-grouped configurations. Single-wire applications also include parts for electrical systems or hard to reach places.

For the double-twist application method, the diameter of the wire depends on the type of fasteners. Parts with hole diameters exceeding .045 inch require wiring of .032 inch in diameter.

Those with hole diameters between .045 and .062 inch and spacing of fewer than 2 inches between each part require wire double-strand wire of .020 inch in diameter.

However, the single-wire method requires the use of the largest wire that can fit in the fasteners hole.

Additionally, aluminum wire of .031 inch diameter, copper wire of .020 inch diameter and similar types of wire function as seals on specific forms of equipment. This includes portable fire extinguishers, first-aid kits, emergency valves and equipment with similar construction.

Malin Co. Safety Wire Products

Malin Co. functions as a valuable resource of effective lock wiring products for various industries. Our products can reliably maintain the security and tightness of fasteners. Malin Co. lock wire is a positive locking device, which helps maintain safety standards in aerospace, automotive and many other applications.

We color code each of our lock wire products with recyclable, polyethylene containers:

  • Blue canisters contain Malin’s famous Stainless-steel lock wire.
  • Yellow canisters contain Inconel lock wire.
  • Organ canisters contain oxidized Inconel safety wire.
  • Red canisters contain Monel lock wire.

Polyethylene safety wire canisters also don’t degrade like paper canisters. Furthermore, our lock wire canisters will protect your lock wire from grease formation and corrosive materials.

In addition, we offer our safety wire products in spools, coils and bulk purchase options to fulfill each customer’s packaging needs.

Products We Offer:

Stainless Steel Aerospace Safety Wire- Standard materials of stainless steel type 302/304 ASTM A 580, 305 and 316 stainless are available upon request.

Inconel Aerospace Lock Wire

Oxidized Inconel Aerospace Safety Wire

Monel Aerospace Lockwire

Copper & Brass Breakaway Wire- Our copper and brass breakaway wire is available in 1 & 5-pound spools. However, other packaging options are available:

  • Custom spools
  • Bulk spools
  • Bobbins
  • Boxed coils
  • Bulk coils
  • 1/4-pound Handi-Pak coils

General & Industrial Wire

  • Aluminum
  • Brass
  • Nickel
  • Nickel Silver
  • Stainless Steel (302, 303, 304, 304L, 316, 316L, 410, 430)
  • Phosphorous Bronze
  • Nitinol
  • Copper
  • Chromel carbon (black, galvanized)
  • Inconel
  • Monel
  • Titanium

We can quote other materials upon request.

Safety Wire and Lock Wire Applications:

Looking for Electro Polished and Clean Wire?

What is Electropolishing? What are the Benefits of Electropolishing?

For any electro polished stainless steel wire customization, the finish is critical. Whether the goal is to achieve a certain look or remove contamination, manufacturers must consider their ideal finishing method to get the most from their investment. There are multiple ways to finish steel products for optimal handling, chemical resistance, aesthetics, and more. Manufacturers often must choose between electropolishing and passivating.

Electropolishing refers to the process by which manufacturers dissolve steel’s outermost surface with a temperature-controlled electrolyte bath. The process provides a smooth, nonstick surface finish. Electropolishing often makes products easy to clean, and tends to be compatible with complex shapes. Significantly, it is notable for its speed and the associated savings.

What is Passivation of Stainless Steel?

Passivation, on the other hand, refers to the process by which manufacturers remove steel impurities by means of a chemical bath without using any electrical currents Notably, this method of finishing can thicken or otherwise alter steel’s protective oxide layer. Most often, this method does not alter the look of a product. Significantly, processors must know the exact chemical makeup of the starting material, as a passivation solution must be specific to a substance. Using a solution that is not compatible can cause damage to the steel.

Which of These Wire Capabilities is Best?

The electropolishing process tends to be more effective than passivation, as it tends to be both faster and more controllable. Electropolished stainless steel additionally displays a noticeably superior finish to passivated stainless steel. Also, electropolishing removes the discoloration from the surface of the metal that passivation does not. However, applications that require alterations to steel’s oxide layer composition can often benefit most from passivation.

Overall, electropolishing is best for tasks that require smooth surfaces that are easy to clean. However, passivation is usually ideal for removing contamination and changing corrosion resistance.

About Malin: Your Resource for Both Electro Polished and Clean Wire

Companies have turned to Cleveland, Ohio’s Malin for premier wire capabilities for more than a century. Whether you have been looking for lockwire, wire brushes, marine wire, medical wire, industrial wire, packaging, or electropolished and clean wire, Malin has what you need.
As a leading wire supplier, Malin distinguishes itself through an extensive selection of wire materials. To list, just some of the options available to Malin customers include black oil tempered wire, soft bare single strand wire, soft tinned copper wire, and annealed brass wire.

Above all, the Malin team commits to both product quality and customer satisfaction. In fact, the team takes great pride in its ISO 9001:2015 without design certification. The certification ensures the Malin team has met strict requirements for both quality management systems and commitment to customer satisfaction through the effective implementation of the system.

Another way Malin sets itself apart from its competitors is the company’s exclusive material testing service. Customers count on the team from Malin for advanced X-ray fluorescence (XRF) testing capabilities. Malin maintains a handheld XRF analyzer that determines the exact compositions of materials across a diverse range.