How to Choose Adhesives for Nameplates, Labels & Tags

Posted on: August 9th, 2017 by | No Comments

When you choose the brand name for your business, the hope is to make it stick in your consumer’s minds. The same is true for labeling your equipment and products with your brand logo, specifications or tracking information. You need something that sticks, literally. When it comes to choosing the right adhesives for industrial labels or nameplates, there are a variety of things to consider to be sure you’ll have a lasting hold. On what surface will the nameplate be attached to? Will it be used indoors or outdoors? Will it be exposed to chemicals or extreme temperature ranges? In the following guide, we’ll walk through the different factors that affect adhesion and discuss solutions for each.

 

Surface Condition

First, the surface of both your nameplate and the surface it will adhere to are two of the most important determinants. This can include the materials used, their texture, size, flexibility, surface energy, and any treatment that’s been applied to either surface.

 

Materials

Generally, adhesives are known for easily attaching to metals. And U.S. Nameplate offers the industry’s top choice in foam adhesive for metal nameplates. Some plastic materials like polyester, polycarbonate and vinyl, require a plasticizer-resistant adhesive to prevent softening or loosening of the bond. The flexible material options at U.S. Nameplate Co., however, accept a variety of adhesives including tapes and instant solutions.

 

Texture

Texture also plays a role in determining the type of adhesive you’ll need. If you are attaching to a rough or irregular surface, a foam adhesive can fill the gaps between the two surfaces. Smooth surfaces, on the other hand, have a much wider variety of adhesive options depending on the other factors discussed in this blog.

 

Treatment

We mentioned earlier that metals are often easy to adhere to, however, there is an exception when the metal has been powder coat painted. In this case, the coating becomes the bonding surface and requires an adhesive made specifically for that. U.S. Nameplate Co. offers a foam adhesive for just this situation with the 3M 300LSE Series.

 

Size

Size is another important factor. As a general rule, the larger the size, the greater the strength of adhesion you’ll need to form a durable bond. For instance, hanging a large metal sign will require a much stronger adhesive than a small plastic tag.

 

 

Cleanliness

Regardless of the material, texture or other attributes, it is essential that the surface you’re adhering your nameplate to is dry and clean to maximize the strength of the bond. This means removing any dirt, grease or other residue that may prevent adhesion. For most surfaces, a 50-50 mixture of water and isopropyl alcohol will suffice, however, certain materials or impurities may require additional preparation. Make sure to follow the application guidelines provided with your adhesive backed nameplates for optimal durability.

 

Surface Energy

The last component of the surface to consider is the surface energy. Surface energy determines the strength of attraction between two materials. The higher the surface energy, the greater the bond. Metals and plastics like acrylic, polyester and polycarbonate all have high surface energies and are easier to adhere to. Low surface energy plastics include polyvinyl, polystyrene, polyethylene. There are, however, many adhesive solutions made specifically for low surface energy materials like the 3M LSE Series.

 

Application Orientation

Just as a surface’s attributes affect its adhesive bond capability, the orientation of an application also plays a role. If you are placing your adhesive nameplate on a stationary horizontal plane like the top of an electrical box, the weight of the nameplate really isn’t a factor. If you are hanging a nameplate on a wall or any other vertical plane, however, you have gravity working against you. This means you’ll need to consider the weight of the nameplate and choose a stronger adhesive to hold the product in place.

 

Environment & Use

Orientation isn’t the only component of an adhesive nameplate’s application that you need to consider. The type of product the nameplate is being applied to (mobile or stationary) and where it will be located (indoor or outdoor) will also affect the adhesive. For example, machinery that is constantly moving will need a stronger adhesive than a stationary application. And if that machinery is often used outdoors like construction or farm equipment, you’ll need an adhesive that is resistant to harsh outdoor environments. Some indoor environments can be just as demanding, such as in the medical or food service industries. Indoor applications in these environments may also require stronger adhesives.

 

Exposure to the Elements

Along with its environment, an application’s potential exposure to elements like extreme temperatures, harsh chemicals, UV light and humidity will also require specific adhesive solutions. U.S. Nameplate Co. offers a variety of 3M adhesives made specifically for these situations, including the following:

 

  • High heat: 3M 200MP Series has excellent high temperature performance
  • Extreme cold: 3M 300LSO Series has excellent high and low temperature performance
  • Chemicals: 3M Series are resistant to occasional contact with chemicals
  • UV Light: 3M 200MP Series & 300LSE Series are UV resistant
  • Humidity: 3M 200MP Series & 3M 300LSE Series are waterproof

 

At U.S. Nameplate Co., we strive to offer custom and innovative solutions to fit your business or industrial needs. We work closely with adhesive manufacturers to provide you the best solution, even if we don’t currently have it in stock.

For more information about the specific materials or adhesives that are best for your project, give us a call or send us a message and one of our highly skilled team members will help create a custom solution for you.

5 Must-Haves for Industrial Safety Labels

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 by | No Comments

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Written labels simplify life, make us safer, and tell us what do. Imagine an oven with no dials, a phone with no buttons, or a traffic sign with no words. You would simply see objects and shapes and have no idea how to operate or use them.

Safety labels serve a vital role in our society. At U.S. Nameplate, we’ve been designing and manufacturing custom labels for more than 70 years. We’re a trusted source for more than 3,000 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) across the globe. They rely on the high quality of our labels for their industries, including applications in medicine, construction, farming, the military, electronics, and transportation.

Safety is paramount in all the fields above. For example, soldiers, doctors, and utility workers need quick access to information. They require instructions, warnings, and equipment specs to be readily available. Our durable custom safety labels fit the bill.

Many industries—like mining and the military—require equipment that stands up to harsh summer rays, freezing temperatures, corrosion, and brutal atmospheric changes. To operate their machinery, users must have clear, long-lasting safety labels.

U.S. Nameplate works with engineers, managers, architects and others when we begin on a project. We can custom design safety labels for any application. Our affordable and high quality safety labels for OEM’s help them keep workers safe and on task.

 

Durability

If a label doesn’t adhere to a surface, it’s useless. It’s as simple as that. At U.S. Nameplate, we’ve been the OEM supplier of choice since 1946. We’ve worked with hundreds of industries and applications. We’re constantly upgrading our technology and skills; consistently investing in new equipment and training.

We know our safety labels must be able to survive dramatic atmospheric and environmental conditions. Whether they’re attached to a tank going into battle, a material handler traveling to the bottom of a mine, or a motor coach driving through freezing temperatures, our labels take a beating.

At U.S. Nameplate, we’ll work with you to determine what type of adhesive and type of material is best for your needs. Different textures require different types of labels. We can handle any type of request you have. We’re proud to offer all our services under one roof, including design, fabrication, and printing.

Our safety labels are available in polycarbonate, polyester, and vinyl finishes. Based on your industrial needs, you can choose from any of the following processes:

  • Screen or digitally printed
  • Thermal transfer
  • Overlaminate
  • Standard adhesives
  • UV Clearcoat to Prevent Fading
  • 2-5 Year Outdoor Exposure

We can ship your custom safety labels in strips, rolls, or individual pieces. You’ll also appreciate that we can keep your labels in inventory for just-in-time delivery.

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Symbols

A symbol, according to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, is something that stands for or suggests something else by reason of relationship or association.

The shape of a sign or label should immediately convey the meaning. In traffic, for example, think of the octagonal shape of stop signs, the diamond shape of traffic signs, and the rectangular shape of speed limit signs.

The size and shape of safety labels also follow pre-determined standards. These help workers identify at a glance what type of message to expect.

OSHA requires specific language and symbols to warn of hazards. They provide hazard communication pictograms—as well as many other resources—on their website. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed symbols to provide information when language is not enough. They say their symbols “convey important messages about product features, directions and other aspects . . . Critical areas include health and safety-related warnings, prohibitions, and mandatory actions.”

At U.S. Nameplate, we will work with you on your industry’s specific signage and regulations. We typically follow these symbol guidelines:

 

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With state-of-the-art die cutting, digital cutting, and machining and forming technology, U.S. Nameplate can quickly and effortlessly create any size or shape safety label you need. And everything—from your initial phone call to final distribution—is handled in our modern 55,000 square foot Iowa facility. There’s no outsourcing; we handle every detail of your order.

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Color

Color affects your mind and your body. Your brain reacts more quickly to color than text or print. That’s why choosing the right color is critical for safety labels and other products. According to Texas A&M University: the most obvious application of color standards is seen in the transportation, manufacturing, and public works.

In America, when you see red, what do you think? Stop. What about green? Go. Color plays a huge part in our everyday lives and even in our subconscious. A quick stroll through your local supermarket will show the prevalence of certain colors.

There is an entire psychology of colors that industries tap into—from clothing designers to interior designers to food packaging manufacturers—to evoke a certain mood or promote a certain behavior, like buying. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) are no different.

Colors for safety labels must be bright, bold, and highly visible. They must convey a specific action or response from the viewer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) have determined what certain colors should convey at the workplace. The purpose of uniform regulations is to ensure standardized safety across industries. Both organizations have decided, among others, what the following colors should designate.

 

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Communication

In addition to the importance of color, safety labels must contain clear wording and verbiage. These signal words include:

  • Danger: Will result in death or serious injury
  • Warning: Could result in death or serious injury
  • Caution: Could result in minor or moderate injury
  • Notice: Not used for hazards
  • General safety: Safety procedures, operating instructions

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However, what if your workforce includes people who speak no English? OSHA does require manufacturers to provide bilingual labels. According to their 1910.1200 Hazard Communication, OSHA has this to say about warning language:

The employer shall ensure that workplace labels or other forms of warning are legible, in English, and prominently displayed on the container, or readily available in the work area throughout each work shift. Employers having employees who speak other languages may add the information in their language to the material presented, as long as the information is presented in English as well.

Why take a chance with your employee’s safety? If your industry employs people who speak languages other than English, U.S. Nameplate will work with you to custom design warning labels in their native language.

 

Meet Industry Standards

Most industries have exacting standards for their safety labels. At U.S. Nameplate, we’re pleased to meet these standards and proud of our many certifications and designations.

Our rugged labels meet standards set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), are authorized by the UL, and meet strict compliance rules for OSHA.

 

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We know you’ll enjoy working with the experienced and friendly representatives at U.S. Nameplate. We’re you’re one-stop-shop, ready to create long-lasting safety labels for all your needs and all your applications. Contact us today.

6 Industrial Nameplates & Labels Your Business Needs

Posted on: December 5th, 2016 by | No Comments

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Running a successful business involves a lot of details, and some important ones often get overlooked. If you’re in charge of operations, promotion, or manufacturing, you probably have a lot of decisions to make and too many options to count. Nameplates/Labels may not be high on your list of priorities, but they should be.

If your business involves any type of manufactured goods, machinery, electronics, or industrial equipment, find out how U.S. Nameplate Company can help your business. From inventory management to safety and efficiency, we’ll explain why these are the six nameplates/labels your business needs.

 

Serial Plates

Serial plates contain valuable information about your manufactured products including your company name, the model number and serial number, the date the product was made, and information regarding the batch the product was made with.  Serial plates are attached to the products and the information is recorded before products are shipped off to be sold. This helps your company, your retailers, and your consumers easily communicate and track important information about each product.

Many companies manufacture similar products with just slight differences. If there are any issues with a product, consumers are expected to call the hotline number printed on serial plates. Having this information on serial plates helps consumers identify the specific model number and serial number for the particular product so that your representatives in customer service can quickly locate and provide troubleshooting information to the consumer.

Serial plates also help identify a product’s warranty information. From the terms to the lifespan and status of the warranty, serial numbers and model numbers on serial plates are able to easily provide warranty specifics when a consumer calls in for replacement, repair, or return.

At the end of the day, everything comes down to the bottom line – sales.  With serial plates, you are able to track how many products were sold, at which dealers/locations/divisions they were sold, and which products had the highest number of sales.

 

Safety Labels / Warning Labels

To keep things running smoothly, it is important to keep both equipment and employees safe in what can be a dangerous environment. With the help of safety labels, companies are able to warn and inform employees about possible workplace dangers, including exposures to chemicals, loud noises, flying debris, and many other environmental dangers.

Warning labels are also necessary for dangerous equipment that can pose an injury to the operators, such as heavy equipment, electronics and machinery with high voltage. With the help of safety and warning labels, companies are able to lower the risk of injury and increase efficiency and production.

 

Control Panels and Graphic Overlays

Your equipment, machinery, or electronic devices have switches, buttons, or other means of controlling the system. Control panels and graphic overlays help ensure proper operating procedure by clearly labeling controls on complex machinery and equipment.

Control panels, graphic overlays, and deadfront graphics are just some of the different types of protective coverings you may need, depending on the physical needs of the specific device or equipment. Each of these are specially designed to correlate with the look, feel, and function of the specific application.

Control panels and graphic overlays can be placed on a variety of equipment, including industrial machinery, vending machines, sound systems, medical equipment, appliances, telecommunication devices, and many more. Any equipment with keypads, switches, or any other controllers need to have identification to keep the operator safe and the equipment from malfunctioning.

 

Property and Asset Tags

Whatever your industry, your business likely has physical assets that are important to keep track of for your own inventory and accounting purposes. Property and asset tags are used to more easily track and monitor those assets.

For moveable assets, tags help to keep track of where equipment is in each step of its transportation. This can also help with theft prevention since these products can change hands often and are at a greater risk of being stolen or misplaced. The asset tag contains your company identification and specific tracking information, so it is much easier to get products returned to the proper place.

Though fixed assets don’t typically change locations, it is still important to keep track of these for inventory audits. Property tags help you with inventory control and give you the ability to easily calculate the value of each asset over its life cycle.

Furthermore, asset tags with sequential numbering or barcodes can help track maintenance and repairs. Scanning a tag can quickly direct a user to a database of repair instructions or maintenance schedules.

 

Company Identification Plates

Branding is an important part of any business, in order to keep your company top of mind for consumers. Identification plates and products can contain your company name, logo, address and any other important information about your company.

Whether it is through the use of a building sign, industrial decal, or product label, identification products are long-lasting branding materials to promote your company and your products.

 

Data Rating Plates / Specification Plates

Data rating and specification plates document the different limitations of industrial equipment for several industries, such as construction, mining, and manufacturing. Common applications for data rating and specification plates are motors, pumps, fans, heating equipment, and lighting fixtures.

These plates help operators understand a product’s performance specifications to help ensure proper use and safety for both the operator and the equipment. Specification plates can display information about weight limits, temperature ranges, lifting capacities, electrical hookup information, and more.

 

How U.S. Nameplate Co. Can Help

With 70 years of experience in the industry, U.S. Nameplate Company has become the supplier of choice for over 3000 Original Equipment Manufacturers. We’ve manufactured identification products across multiple industries, including construction, mining, farming, transportation, medical, utilities and military.

We are also an ISO certified facility and a UL approved label supplier, so you can be sure your nameplates will meet industry standards.  Our knowledgeable and experienced staff is happy to help provide solutions to meet any need specific to your industry.

Everything that we do is custom designed and we offer a variety of options for materials, thickness, finishes, attachment methods, and fabrication to meet your exact specifications. All of our products are built to withstand harsh environments and last for years so that your company’s brand and products are represented with professional, high quality nameplates.

 

Trust the staff at U.S. Nameplate Company for all of your industrial identification needs. Request a free quote or contact us today for more information.

Four Reasons to Choose Custom Metalphoto® Nameplates for Permanent Identification

Posted on: October 4th, 2016 by | No Comments

Durable. Impenetrable. Rugged. Indestructible.

At U.S. Nameplate Company, we design and manufacture all of our products to withstand the harshest conditions imaginable. The industries we serve—from aerospace to the military to mining—count on us to create permanent identification through our custom metal nameplates.

We manufacture photosensitive, anodized aluminum nameplates—called Metalphoto®—that have been specified by governmental, military, and industrial Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) for more than 65 years. We’re proud of this long and stellar reputation.

Using Metalphoto, we can produce a wide variety of custom long-lasting labels, nameplates, signs, and control panels. We strongly recommend Metalphoto nameplates for the following four reasons:

 

Built to Last

Freezing weather, moisture, chemical and fungal exposure, high altitudes, scorching temperatures . . . name a damaging condition and our custom Metalphoto nameplates have and will outlast them all. How? Unsealed aluminum is quite porous. We create a sub-surface image—much like a black and white photograph—that is then sealed inside the anodized aluminum plate. This anodic layer seals out even the harshest environmental conditions, making it an ideal identification plate for the military and government.

 

Custom Designed for You

You’re in charge of your design and you’re spoiled for choice. At U.S. Nameplate Co., we’re a one-stop shop. We design and manufacture all of your identification products under one roof. Our Metalphoto process can be used for your panels, asset tags, data-rating plates, labels, signs, nameplates, serial plates, and other needs. We offer varying metal thicknesses and handle jobs of nearly any size. And the Metalphoto process supports a wide variety of images and data, including barcodes, symbology, and brands. Clear and easy-to-read information reduces errors and accidents and saves time.

 

Attention to Detail

So precise are the markings of our Metalphoto process, that we can photo-image even the smallest of surfaces in minute detail. The resulting high resolution image is easy to read and scan. With Metalphoto, we can also offer you security printing, including micro text and watermarks. It’s another reason Metalphoto nameplates are the perfect solution for industries like the military that rely on strict standards and specifications.

 

Tested and True

Boeing, NASA, U.S. Army, Lockheed Martin, and Honeywell are just a few of the OEM’s who specify Metalphoto products for their industries. Why? Since 1950, they have trusted the unique features, durability, and proven performance of Metalphoto. At U.S. Nameplate Co., we’re honored to manufacture rugged products and to partner with these industries.

 

Since 1946, we’ve been the supplier of choice to more than 3,000 OEM’s. At U.S. Nameplate Company, quality matters. In all we do, we’re customer driven. We’re proud to be an ISO certified facility and UL approved label supplier.

Contact us today to see how we can provide custom Metalphoto solutions for your business.

 

Choosing the Best Metal Marking Methods

Posted on: September 9th, 2016 by | No Comments

Businesses and individuals are often told to go make their mark in the world. At U.S. Nameplate, we make our mark with every custom design we create for our clients.

Since 1946, we have been the supplier of choice for metal nameplates to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) throughout the world. In fact, more than 3,000 OEM’s trust us to design and deliver custom products—including decals, labels, tags, control panels, signs, and nameplates—for all their industry needs.

To help you make your mark, our experienced representatives will discuss the many options for your machinery and your products. When it comes to metal nameplates, you’re spoiled for choice with our materials and marking processes.

We’ll begin by determining the proper metal thickness for your application. Once you select your preferred metal, you can choose from thicknesses ranging between .005” – .125.”

We work with a wide variety of industries—including aerospace, mining, and utilities—and we know each customer has unique specifications. The thickness of the metal depends on your use, how you will affix the nameplate, and what type of mark we can offer. We’re exacting in all we do and proud to be an ISO certified facility and UL approved label supplier.

Following are brief descriptions of five of our marking methods:

Metalphoto®: Known as the most durable aluminum substrate on the market, Metalphoto is a photosensitive, anodized metal used in a wide range of industrial applications. Using your design requirements, we imprint the plate with your custom instructions. Next we embed the metal with graphics by embossing the surface with metallic silver particles. Finally, we seal the marks and cover them with a hard anodic layer. Available in thicknesses ranging from .003″ – .125,” we offer matte, satin, and satin gold finishes.

Metal Etching: Using a chemical etching process, we create designs in aluminum and anodized aluminum which can be manufactured at any size, though most thicknesses vary from .005″ – .125.” We can also etch the surface, then fill those spaces with screen printed inks. At U.S. Nameplate, we recommend the etching process for applications in harsh outdoor conditions, including the aircraft, automotive, and marine industries. We offer finishes in a variety of colors.

Screen Printing: You’ll appreciate all the options when it comes to this process. Why? Screen printing is equally effective on metal or flexible materials like polyester or vinyl. We use a woven mesh with an ink-blocking stencil to create your custom design. In addition to flexible materials, we use a variety of metals and thicknesses to cut and machine your ideal printed project.

Digital printing: Like screen printing above, we can employ a wide variety of media and thicknesses. We apply a digital image directly atop your preferred material. It’s a great choice for small production runs and on-demand printing. In addition to nameplates, digital printing is a great choice for for decals, safety labels, graphic overlays, and control panels.

Embossing: A centuries old process, metal embossing adds three dimensional printing—a raised, sunken, or relief design—to your chosen material. We can emboss on metal or flexible materials, like polycarbonate, up to .032” thick. Embossing creates a tactile and textured surface, useful for products like graphic overlays and buttons.

No matter what the metal, material, thickness, or product, you’ll appreciate the durability of everything we produce at U.S. Nameplate. Our fabricated products last up to 25 years with outdoor and extreme exposures. Contact us today to see how we can help with your metal nameplates.

How to Choose the Ideal Custom Nameplate

Posted on: August 24th, 2016 by | No Comments

Size does matter.

When jobs and businesses and even lives depend on precision, rely on U.S. Nameplate. Our custom metal nameplates and safety labels are used in a wide variety of industries, including construction, medicine, electronics, the military, and mining.

Our nameplates are designed to contain crucial and easy-to-read information for your industry. They’re formed and sized to adhere perfectly to your equipment. Our durable, high-quality, and custom nameplates provide instructions, offer warnings, and include critical information.

From start to finish, in all we do, U.S. Nameplate provides in-house design, manufacturing, and service. For 70 years, we have been the supplier of choice to more than 3,000 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) throughout the world.

As we help you select the proper sizing factors for your custom nameplate, we’ll discuss the following six considerations:

Material

At U.S. Nameplate Company, we offer five different types of metals: aluminum, anodized aluminum, Metalphoto®, stainless steel, and brass. Depending on your working conditions—whether your plate will be exposed to extreme weather fluctuations, chemicals, humidity, direct sunlight, and/or the interior of a mine shaft, for example—we’ll make sure your metal nameplate is the ideal fit. Our rugged metal nameplates are designed to last up to 25 years in all weather conditions. Click here to learn about the unique properties of each type of metal.

Thickness

We know you have specific requirements for your metal nameplates. We also know the proper size makes all the difference for your projects. Your plates must adhere to many different surfaces. That’s why we’re happy to offer a wide variety of thicknesses for your final product. Once you select your preferred metal, you’ll appreciate that you can choose from thicknesses ranging between .005” – .125.”

Finishes

You can further customize your nameplate by adding beautiful and durable finishes, including satin, clear, red, matte, foil, brushed finishes, and gold. Whether these colors represent your business or brand or they simply help your nameplate and label stand out, you’re spoiled for choice at U.S. Nameplate.

Manufacturing Runs

No job is too small or too large for U.S. Nameplate. From quick orders to enormous runs, we will custom design and produce a rating plate tailored to your project and your industry. And because everything we do is completed under one roof, our friendly staff can immediately respond to all your needs.

Data Rating

Many industries require specific safety information including limitations for weight, temperature, lifting, or electrical hookups. We can design your data rating based on your specifications or can leave your plate empty for later written instructions. We’re proud to be an ISO certified facility and UL-approved label supplier.

Product Variety

As an OEM, your job is to provide critical information. If you have a need, we can fulfill it. Our designers will work with you every step of the way. In addition to metal nameplates, we also offer decals, safety labels, signs, control panels, serial plates, and much more.

Count on the professionals at U.S. Nameplate for all your identification products. Contact us today for a quote. We look forward to designing solutions for your needs.

 

Why Custom Nameplates Are Better Than Blanks

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What is Metalphoto Imaging?

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Known as the most durable aluminum substrate on the market, Metalphoto® is a photosensitive, anodized metal used in a wide range of industrial applications. Developed in the 1950’s, Metalphoto is a preferred choice for many Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s), particularly the government and military.

Because they meet military specifications, Metalphoto parts are often used for military-grade specifications and can withstand even the harshest conditions, including sunlight, corrosion, chemicals, and extreme temperatures.

For nearly 70 years, U.S. Nameplate has been the supplier of choice for large industries including construction, electronics, and the military. These original equipment manufacturers know they can trust the durability and performance of all our products.

From nameplates to asset tags and VIN plates to control panels, U.S. Nameplate uses an advanced process to protect all the products we produce.

You’ll appreciate how easily we can create and customize your Metalphoto products. If your image or text can be photographed, we can design a clear and crisp reproduction. We use your film and process it directly on to the plate. In fact, Metalphoto offers the highest graphic resolution capability of any metal. It is also more environmentally friendly than traditional acid etching used on many nameplates.

One of Metalphoto’s unique image features is that we can produce thousands of nameplates in a single run. Further, those plates can be very incredibly detailed and can include serial data, barcodes, and even symbols.

Here’s how the Metalphoto process works: We begin with an anodized aluminum base. Using your specifications, we imprint your plate with your custom instructions. Then we embed the metal with graphics by embossing the surface with metallic silver particles. Finally, we seal the image and cover it with a hard anodic layer. This tough coating resists chips, chemicals, and other debris.

Available in thicknesses ranging from .003″-.125”, Metalphoto can be finished in matte, satin, or satin gold and will accept a variety of adhesives for mounting.

The end result is an extremely tough (as hard as a sapphire), static resistant, and sharp image. In fact, the Metalphoto imaging process is so rugged that we guarantee our printing will last up to 20 years, even in the harshest conditions.

Our long-lasting Metalphoto products save you money and time and stress. Once you order with U.S. Nameplate, you know your labels will last. Why trust your important project to anyone else than U.S. Nameplate?
For more information, request a quote online or contact us at (319) 895-8804.