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Quick Reference Guide–Techniques & Design Considerations for Metal Components

Posted on: September 24th, 2018 by | No Comments

Metal nameplates and components are as valuable as the product they’re attached to, which means the design phase in creating them is a critical process. There are specific considerations that should be made before moving forward with a design, so taking time to weigh the implication of your particular application carefully will lead you toward a safe and great looking nameplate or component.

 

Who will lay eyes on it?

Metal components such as emblems can act as an eye-catching accent on products such as vehicles; however, when chosen hastily they can easily become an eyesore. Creating a badge for your product that complies with company brand standards not only maintains an integrated look but conveys an easily identifiable message whether it’s for the safety of the user or simple aesthetic pleasure. Consider the following when creating your next component or nameplate:

 

  • When building brand awareness and drawing attention to your product, using metal components adds a sleek, stunning, high-end aesthetic that draws more attention to it than a blandly designed component. Simply stated, metal nameplates, labels, and components have a significant impact on how your product is viewed are representative of your brand.
  • U.S. Nameplate Co. has devised a way to simplify the process to assist customers in selecting the correct material for their nameplates and labels based on industry, environment, and application. We have a staff of technical professionals, engineers, and graphic artists with experience and are more than capable and willing to assist companies of all industries in the design, specification, and ordering of custom nameplates.

 

Communicate Your Requirements

Specific applications require a reliable performance standard which is expected within the nameplate industry, so don’t hesitate to communicate any requirements and tolerances you may have. Consider the conditions your label or nameplate will face; are any of the following likely to occur?

  • Will the nameplate or label be outside? If yes, for how long? 1-3 years, 3-5 years, 20 years or more?
  • Will it be prone to scratching, rubbing, scraping, or scouring? Nameplates in these situations require a resistance to abrasion—measured in cycles on a tabor abrader (500, 1,000, 4,000, 7,000+).
  • Is the label likely to be close to a heat source such as an engine, pump, generator, furnace, etc.? Such applications commonly require the label to be heat resistant in excess of 1,200ºF.
  • Geographically, where will the product be used? Resistance to a salty solution will add life to the label or nameplate when deployed on the coasts or areas where snow removal is common.
  • What is the probability the nameplate or label will come into contact with harmful or corrosive liquids and chemicals? Resistance to chemicals—such as Skydrol, diesel fuel, hydraulic fluid, and MEK; measured in hours before degradation.

 

U.S. Nameplate Co. offers an extensive list of products and materials from flexibles like polycarbonate and vinyl to metals like aluminum, brass, Metalphoto, and stainless steel which offer a wide range of durability to meet your product specifications.

 

What will it say?

To effectively communicate information, a nameplate needs to be optimally-legible. It’s important to know exactly what the nameplate is intended to communicate so the following can be addressed.

  • Know what data your nameplate or label needs to hold, so you get an idea of how large it needs to be.
  • Does your nameplate have to follow OSHA, ANSI, ISO, or perhaps other standards?
  • Will the date be the same on every nameplate or will it be serialized?
  • Will the product include barcodes or other machine-readable (AIDC) marks?
  • Do you need other graphic features like micro-text for anti-counterfeit features or high-resolution maintenance schematics?
  • Ensure that the material your supplier recommends is certified to any commercial or military specification you need to meet.

 

 

Consider the Physical Attributes

Focus in on the specifics. Think about the size, specifically, thickness, height, and width. Equally important are attributes such as sheen and pattern, and even the methods of attachment. Choose wisely by weighing the following.

Thickness

Thinner foil labels (.003” and .005” thick) will adhere to curved surfaces or sit inside recessed areas of your part. This feature affects the location a label can be used and even the amount of abrasion it must withstand.

Size

Does your application require the nameplate to fit in incredibly small spaces or be easily seen from afar? Different materials lend themselves to performing well at specific sizes such as Metalphoto, which is available as small as .25” x .25” and as large as 24” x 40”.

Attachment

The surface type and environment are the major determining factors in which method of attachment can be utilized. Think about the texture, material, and elements the nameplate will be exposed to.

 

Enlist the Help of Experts

The knowledgeable professionals at U.S. Nameplate Co. are prepared to assist you in creating the perfect nameplate or label for your product. When creating your nameplate, we understand the importance of considering who will see it, special requirements that must be met, what it says, and physical attributes such as thickness, size, and how it will be attached to a surface. Contact us for everything you need in your next nameplate.

6 Industrial Nameplates & Labels Your Business Needs

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

industrial nameplates, warning labels, asset tags, serial plates, control panels

 

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

Posted on: June 30th, 2016 by | No Comments

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U.S. Nameplate Lead Time

Posted on: May 26th, 2016 by | No Comments

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U.S. Nameplate Co. Lead Time

From concept through to completion, U.S. Nameplate Company is a one-stop shop, ready and able to manufacture all of your identification products’ requirements.

The process begins when products are requested online or through a U.S. Nameplate Co. representative. We are please to offer custom solutions for both metal and flexible products ranging from decals to graphic overlays to aluminum tags of all kinds, saving our customers time and money. Once your request is processed, a quote is generated and submitted in 48 hours or less.

Once the customer accepts the pricing/processes, they can then submit a purchase order. As soon as the purchase order is received, a paper proof is created in 48 hours or less.

Once the paper proof is approved, production takes place in our modern, 55,000 square foot, climate controlled facility. By day 15, your order is shipped. With seven decades of experience, you can rely on our service and delivery.

Contact us for more information about our processes or get a quote.

 

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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.

Nameplate Manufacturer : 8 Questions to Ask Before You Buy

Posted on: February 23rd, 2016 by | No Comments

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Questions to Ask Your Nameplate Manufacturer Before You Buy

We’ve built our reputation on solid work principles: reliability, professionalism, quality, and hard work.

For more than 70 years, U.S. Nameplate has been the supplier of choice to more than 3,000 Original Equipment Manufacturers across the globe. We’re proud that so many people put their trust in us.

We realize many companies are still seeking reliable industry partners. If you’re in the market for a nameplate manufacturer you can trust, make sure you do your research. You need to be sure you have an excellent partner that manufactures high-quality products based on your specifications and timeline.

Anyone can search online for businesses, but making sure you find the perfect company is no small feat. We recommend taking enough time to find the ideal partner. Sometimes you can find information on a website’s FAQ page. Other times, you need to talk to the company directly. Your diligence now will save you money and bring you peace of mind in the future. Following are eight suggested questions to consider and/or to ask:

  1. What types of metals and plate thicknesses do you offer? Verify that the companies you interview have products that fit your industry. US. Nameplate uses aluminum, anodized aluminum, Metalphoto®, brass and stainless steel in thicknesses ranging from .005-.125.
  2. What kind of design customization requests can you meet? Just as no two people are alike, no two company’s needs are the same. You have unique specifications and you need to make sure your OEM is up to the challenge. Our experienced art department will take your blueprint or artwork and transform it into a press-ready proof.
  3. What are the sizes of your production runs? Some companies are better equipped to handle small orders; some prefer large print runs. Depending on your needs, you should know a company’s capabilities. At U.S. Nameplate, we produce orders of any size. We can meet all your production needs.
  4. What are your hours of operation? If you have an order or a question, you want to be sure you can reach someone immediately. We pride ourselves on our availability. Our Customer Service Representatives are available 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM CST, Monday – Thursday, and 7:00 AM – 3:30 PM CST, Friday. You will always reach someone in person. Isn’t that better than talking to an automated machine?
  5. Who will be handling my order? Many companies outsource. At U.S. Nameplate, we’re a one-stop shop, ready and able to manufacture all of your identification products requirements. We will handle every aspect of your order in our modern 55-thousand square foot climate-controlled facility.
  6. How long do your nameplates last? Avoid the problem of having to re-order poorly made products. Our metal nameplates are guaranteed to last up to 25 years even in the most rugged of outdoor conditions. This long-lasting quality saves you time and money.
  7. What is your delivery turn-around time? If you need an item, you probably need it immediately. We can store your nameplates in inventory for just-in-time delivery. That means you can order ahead and U.S. Nameplate Co. will hold the parts until you need them. We’ll bill you when we deliver, not when you place your order.
  8. What associations do you belong to and what affiliations do you have? Industry-specific trade associations and memberships in other organizations — like the Chamber of Commerce and the Better Business Bureau — show that the company is interested in its reputation. U.S. Nameplate is a proud member of Farm Equipment Manufacturer’s Association, Association of Equipment Managers, Association for the Work Truck Industry, and Specialty Graphic Imaging Association.

We hope these questions help guide your discussions. Sometimes a simple phone call can tell you volumes about a company’s culture. At U.S. Nameplate, we are friendly and professional in all we do. We welcome the chance to be your supplier of choice.