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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.

 

Nameplate Printing Durability Infographic

Posted on: April 20th, 2016 by | No Comments

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Nameplate Processes & Durability

The printing process and materials used for your nameplate will affect its durability and longevity. Generally, digital printing will last 2-3 years on paper, 4 years on vinyl and around 7 years on metal. Screen printing can last up to 12-13 years on metal, but only 5 years on film and 2-3 on paper. Etching and Metalphoto are the most durable processes used on metal nameplates and can last up to 30 years.

Our nameplate experts are happy to help you find the right material and printing option for your nameplate needs. Give us a call or contact us for more information.

 

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What is Metalphoto Imaging?

Posted on: March 16th, 2016 by | No Comments


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.

Buyer’s Guide: Custom Metal Nameplates

Posted on: December 7th, 2015 by | No Comments

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If you are anything like us, you probably do a lot of your shopping online. When you think of typical online shopping you might think of places like Amazon, Target, or eBay. You might do shopping for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and even furniture at these sites. Have you ever thought about buying your custom metal nameplates online?

One of the greatest advantages of shopping online is the ability to see prices, reviews, features, and pictures all in the same place. Most people like to review and research gifts prior to buying them. Custom metal nameplates are no different.

You can find everything you need to know about our metal nameplates right on our website. Since most metal nameplate orders are custom jobs, pricing typically varies. However, you can submit a request online and we will get right back to you. Whatever your metal nameplate needs, U.S. Nameplate Co. can custom design the perfect solution!

 

Material & Finish Options

At U.S. Nameplate Co. we offer a variety of materials and finishes to ensure your metal nameplates fit your needs.

We offer aluminum, anodized aluminum, Metalphoto, brass, and stainless steel for all of our nameplates. Each material can be custom made to your desired thickness and finish.

Our custom metal nameplates are manufactured to withstand the harshest conditions. For outdoor use, we use a special etching process that becomes part of the material. We also offer stamping and embossing in a variety of thicknesses.

There are different benefits for using each type of material and finish. We encourage you to read more below to find out more about the two most popular materials we use here at U.S. Nameplate Co; anodized aluminum and Metalphoto.

 

Anodized Aluminum

Anodizing is a process that coats metals with a very durable, decorative, corrosion resistant, hard film. Aluminum oxide is not applied at the surface, but is fully integrated with the aluminum so it won’t weather. The aluminum is immersed in an acid electrolyte bath. An electric current then passes through, combining the aluminum atoms with oxygen ions that are released from the bath.

Anodized aluminum is durable, easily maintained, cost effective, and environmentally safe. All these characteristics make anodized aluminum one of the most widely used materials today for industrial metal nameplates.

 

Metalphoto

Metalphoto has been designated as the most durable aluminum substrate available on the market. Here at U.S. Nameplate Co. we produce Metalphoto parts used often in military-grade specifications known to go through some of the harshest conditions.

The Metalphoto process begins with an aluminum base which then gets embedded with graphics by embossing the surface with metallic silver particles. We then seal the image and cover it with a hard anodic layer. This hard coating resists chips, chemicals, and other debris.

This process produces an extremely tough, sturdy, and sharp image. We can guarantee that the Metalphoto printing will last up to 20 years in the harshest conditions.

For more information about designing custom metal nameplates with U.S. Nameplate Co., request a quote online or contact us at (319) 895-8804.

When It Is Time To Order, Don’t Be Left Hanging

Posted on: June 5th, 2015 by | No Comments

Think; you just started your business and are in need of an industrial metal nameplate or decal. One that can with stand the harsh conditions your equipment goes through. You have a lot of questions but don’t know whom to turn to. The experts at U.S. Nameplate are here to answer those questions.

The biggest question you have is probably: What is it going to cost me? Typically, 4/5 of the cost of an industrial decal or metal nameplate is labor, and 1/5 is the cost of material. Metal will cost more than other substrates such as polyester, polycarbonate, vinyl and paper. Even though you will pay more initially, you will get a longer lasting product.

Which brings me to the next question. How long will my industrial decal or metal nameplate last? The length of durability varies greatly by exposure to the elements: temperature, humidity, how much sunlight it gets, for example.

Generally, you can expect high performance premium vinyl films to last 5-7 years. Economy grade vinyl films, which are less durable, can last between 1 and 3 years. Vinyl is a durable plastic film that is flexible. Often, vinyl is used on curved surfaces and is abrasion resistant and water and weatherproof.

Standard polycarbonate can be expected to last 3 years whereas coated polycarbonate can be expected to last 5-7 years. Polycarbonate is a strong, rigid plastic film offering excellent chemical and abrasion resistance. In addition, polycarbonate has good electrical qualities and like vinyl can conform to surface irregularities when heated.

Polyester films can last around 2 years. Polyester is a very strong plastic film. It does not conform as well as polycarbonate or vinyl, but offers little or no shrinkage.

Metals however, can almost stand the test of time depending on the process. Aluminum and stainless steel, which can be screen printed or digitally printed, can last 20 years. Aluminum that has been etched or screen filled can last around 25 years. Metalphoto decals and nameplates can last over 30 years.

Aluminum is one of the most widely used metals in the world. Its lightweight, high strength excellent chemical resistance and temperature resistance makes aluminum a high performance label application. Aluminum can also be anodized which creates an even more durable aluminum product.

Stainless steel’s resistance to corrosion, staining, temperature, low maintenance and familiar luster make it an ideal material for many label applications.

All these numbers are if conditions are perfect. With simple cleaning and maintenance every once in a while, your industrial decals and metal nameplates can last even longer.

The process of how your industrial decals or metal nameplates are printed depends on how long you would like for them to last. U.S. Nameplate has the capabilities to Metalphoto, metal etch, screen print and digitally print your industrial decals and metal nameplates. The table below shows the durability of the printing process in years.

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These are just a few questions you may have. Contact us or call us at 1 (800) 553-8871 and a U.S. Nameplate representatives will be pleased to answer any other questions you may have. U.S. Nameplate Co. has been the supplier of choice to over 3,000 OEM’s and is equipped to handle any size of orders from one to millions.

What Makes Metalphoto the Material of Choice for Metal Nameplates?

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015 by | No Comments

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Snow, sleet, sunlight, salt spray, humidity, heat, high pressure, wind, and extreme temperatures … name a weather condition and U.S. Nameplate’s products will withstand it.

For nearly 70 years, we’ve 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.

At U.S. Nameplate Co. we manufacture our products to survive the harshest possible conditions. From nameplates to property and asset tags to control panels, we use an advanced Metalphoto® process to protect all the products we produce. Metalphoto has been designated the most durable aluminum substrate available. Here at U.S. Nameplate, we produce Metalphoto parts used a lot military-grade specifications known to go through some of the toughest conditions.

Here’s how the Metalphoto process works: We begin with an aluminum base and permanently embed black graphics by embossing the surface with metallic silver particles. Based on your specifications, we imprint your metal nameplate or tag with the information you request. We then seal this image and cover it with a sapphire-hard anodic layer. This clear and hard coating resists abrasions, chemicals, and debris. The process is safe and quick and produces an extremely sharp image. It is also incredibly tough and sturdy. In fact, we guarantee Metalphoto printing will last up to 20 years in even the harshest outside conditions.

This long-lasting performance saves you money and time. Further, the Metalphoto process meets strict military and industry standards.

In addition to heavy-duty specifications, you’ll also appreciate how easily we can create Metalphoto products. If your image or text can be photographed, we can create a clear and crisp reproduction. The process couldn’t be simpler. We use your film and process it directly on to the plate.

Durable. Rugged. Dependable. Why trust your panels, tags, and nameplates to anything other than the Metalphoto process from U.S. Nameplate?

Anodized Aluminum Products from U.S. Nameplate Co.

Posted on: February 24th, 2015 by | No Comments

Anodizing is an electrochemical process that coat metals, especially magnesium and aluminum, with a durable, decorative, corrosion-resistant, sapphire hard film. Unlike painting or plating, aluminum oxide is not applied at the surface, but is fully integrated with the aluminum, so it cannot chip or peel. To accomplish this process, aluminum is immersed in an acid electrolyte bath. An electric current passes through combining the aluminum atoms with oxygen ions that are released from the electrolyte bath.

The benefits of anodized aluminum are plentiful. Durability, ease of maintenance, aesthetics, cost, and environmentally safe are all characteristics that make anodized aluminum one of the most widely used materials today in the production of consumer, commercial, and industrial products.

The shelf life of anodized aluminum is almost indefinite and with a simple mild soap and water cleanse of surface dirt it could last forever. Anodizing allows aluminum to maintain its metallic appearance; scars, scratches and just general wear and tear are virtually non-existent.

Anodized aluminum has a low initial finishing cost, and combined with low maintenance costs, is a good ROI for your business.

Anodized aluminum is considered environmentally safe as it is fully integrated into the aluminum resulting in a non-toxic, heat resistant, producing few if any dangerous by-products.

Here at U.S. Nameplate Co., anodized aluminum is used in many industrial metal products. Our customers in the automotive, racing, electronic, and transportation industries will tell you our control panel overlays fabricated out of anodized aluminum are built to withstand the harshest conditions.

Motor Coach Aluminum Black Small Switch Panel - Collage of Same-NO BKGDMetal nameplates can be fabricated from anodized aluminum as well as other materials. We have been delivering the professional, long-lasting metal nameplates on which we built our built our business for 70 years. Used in the construction, mining industries, and general equipment manufacturing industries, our nameplates are built to last

Whether you have a small or large order, we have the capability to produce property and asset tags with a number of materials including anodized aluminum, stainless steel, and brass. Whatever your material, finish, and design, we are sure to fit your specifications.

Anodized aluminum is a great material for data rating plates as they are put through some of the toughest conditions in the construction, mining and general industries that require their metal products to stand the test of time.

U.S. Nameplate is truly full service, every step of the manufacturing process is done under one roof. Since 1946, U.S. Nameplate Co. has been the supplier of choice to over 3,000 OEM’s and is equipped to handle any size of orders from one to millions. Request a quote or call us today.