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Etched Metal Nameplates: Built for outdoor and harsh conditions.

Posted on: January 28th, 2016 by | No Comments

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Rugged. Robust. Resilient. For more than 70 years, U.S. Nameplate Co. has made products that last. We know that the industries we serve — including mining, military, and construction — need nameplates that will withstand harsh conditions.

U.S. Nameplate Co. built our reputation by manufacturing high quality metal nameplates. Since then, we’ve grown our business to suit the needs of our customers. We offer etching, stamping, and embossing on our nameplates and will work with you to custom design the perfect product.

Our aluminum etching process creates plates that can last up to 25 years. These long-lasting products save you time and money. Specially designed to weather rough outdoor environments and extreme temperatures, etched nameplates are ideal for use in industrial, and transportation industries. Choose an etched metal nameplate for any task where you need easy-to-read signage or instructions.

At U.S. Nameplate Co., we use a chemical etching process that works especially well for data-rating plates, asset tags, serial plates, and vehicle identification number (VIN) tags. U.S. Nameplate Co. works with engineers, buyers, project managers, owners, and marketing professionals to ensure you get exactly what you need for your specific use.

Choose from a wide range of sizes in anodized aluminum for your etched metal nameplates. We like aluminum because it’s a lightweight, economical, and strong material. Most widths can be sheared, machined, or hand tooled with ease.

Once we know your specifications, we use a powerful chemical to cut — or etch — your design into the metal surface. If you select a colored aluminum as your base, we can strip away the coloring as we manufacture the plate.

Contact U.S. Nameplate Co. today for your etched metal nameplate needs. You’ll appreciate that we’re a one-stop-shop. We handle every detail of your order — from customer service to design to manufacturing — inside our 55-thousand square foot facility. We’re prompt, professional, and friendly. U.S. Nameplate looks forward to being your supplier of choice.

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 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.

It’s Harvest Time…Protect What Matters Most

Posted on: October 21st, 2015 by | No Comments

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Autumn is underway and for many farmers it’s the busiest, most exciting time of the year – harvest time!

Agriculture ranks among one of the most hazardous industries in America. Agriculture fatalities were 14 percent higher in 2014 compared to 2013. With a workplace fatality rate of more than 24 per 100,000 workers, it’s time that the agricultural industry places more emphasis on safety labels and warnings on farm machinery and equipment.

While the most common source of deaths and injuries on the farm are from tractor rollovers, which can be prevented by roll cages and seat belts – many other injuries and fatalities can be prevented with the simple use of clear, easy to read safety labels.

Most manufacturers of farm equipment take many steps to ensure their machinery is safe, but sometimes not all hazards can be completely eliminated with a safety label. However, having these labels in place is a good start.

Before starting any work on farm machinery, make sure you’re paying attention to all the warnings as obvious as they may seem. If you take the time to read and understand all the safety label information, you can prevent careless accidents and fatalities.

For nearly 70 years, U.S. Nameplate has been a preferred supplier to many of the most trusted names in the farming industry. Our safety labels and nameplates are manufactured based upon many contributing factors and needs including life expectancy, environmental factors, and surface application. Our safety labels can be produced at almost any size and can be digitally cut to custom shapes. They also come in a variety of materials, finishes, colors, and adhesives.

Having safety labels and warnings in place on your farm equipment protects yourself, your family, and your farming operation. Always put safety first.

Call or contact U.S. Nameplate today to see how we can help keep you safe with the use of effective, high quality safety labels and industrial nameplates!

4 Common Metal Nameplate Attachment Methods

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015 by | No Comments

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Figuring out how and where to attach your industrial metal nameplates may seem like a simple task, but it can also be a headache. Some methods of attachment might be easy to attach, but won’t be durable enough for the industry you work in. Ensure you’re attaching your nameplates the best way possible. Below are four different ways you can attach your metal nameplates depending on your needs.



Using screws, rivets, or fasteners is a common method of attaching metal nameplates. This method is generally very durable and allows you to align the nameplates exactly where you want them. Using mechanical attachment is also very cost effective. Many industries will find that this is the best method to keep their nameplates looking and functioning great for the long haul.



Using a high quality adhesive is the quickest method of attachment. If applied correctly, your industrial nameplates should be very durable and long lasting. If applied incorrectly, it is very difficult to reapply without using some form of mechanical attachment. You also need to make sure the adhesive you’re using will work on the surface you’re adhering to.



Having your industrial metal nameplates welded to a surface is a permanent attachment method. Welding takes longer to attach and requires the metal nameplate to be a certain thickness. This is a great method if you’re positive you want to keep your nameplates in one spot for an extended amount of time.



Hanging your metal nameplates is the most inexpensive and quick method of attachment. This attachment method allows you to move the nameplates easily and rearrange them quickly.

For the longest lasting industrial metal nameplates, contact U.S. Nameplate. We have been providing high-quality nameplates at affordable prices since 1946. Our nameplates can withstand up to 25 years of outdoor exposure while also having hole patterns machined to the strictest tolerance.

Whatever your metal nameplate needs, U.S. Nameplate can custom design the perfect solution. We offer a special metal etching process that can withstand the outdoor elements. We also offer stamping, embossing, screen printing, and digital printing. Call us toll free today at (800) 553-8871 or request a quote online!

Reduce Your Industrial Metal Nameplate Cost

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

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Custom metal nameplates are critical for providing data and ensuring safety in the workplace. At U.S. Nameplate Co., we supply durable and long-lasting nameplates and tags to more than 3,000 Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s) in a variety of industries, including mining, the military, medical, and transportation.

Since 1946, we’ve created high-quality nameplates at affordable prices. At U.S. Nameplate Co., you needn’t spend a fortune to receive a well-designed product. We work with many customers who are on a budget and we provide economical and custom solutions for all our clients.

Call one of our friendly and professional representatives to discuss your next project. And keep in mind, there are several ways we can save you even more money.

• Size does matter. In fact, the smaller your nameplate or tag, the greater your savings. Sometimes a large nameplate is necessary in your industry. However, in other situations, you can easily adjust the size of your nameplate. Ask yourself: Do I really need a thick nameplate when a thinner one will do? Because we design and manufacture all our products under one roof, finding just the right shape and size is a breeze. You may also consider incorporating other tags onto one template to save time and money.

• Talk with us about materials and processes. In order to lower your cost, we can make many modifications. For example, we can use a less expensive metal, vary the thickness of the nameplate, use a different printing process, and find the most affordable type of finish. We’ll ensure the nameplate is suitable for your use and your work environment. The resulting nameplate will be extremely durable at a competitive price.

• Think about your needs now and into the future. Planning ahead could save you quite a bit of money. Rather than phoning us each time you’re running low on a metal nameplate or tag, consider placing a large order upfront. It’s much easier and more affordable for us to schedule a large production run than to do several small runs. We pass these savings on to you, our loyal customer. You’ll also have peace of mind knowing you won’t run low on stock or have to make a mad — and expensive — scramble trying to place a new order.

At U.S. Nameplate Co., we ensure you have high-quality products on time, in place, and at competitive prices. Our experienced representatives will work with you to provide the best cost available. We’re happy to answer all your questions and look forward to working with you. Contact us today!

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 coats 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 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.

Maintenance Tips for Metal Nameplates

Posted on: January 21st, 2015 by | No Comments

Safety Labels and Custom DecalsAt U.S. Nameplate, we build our products to last. In fact, some of our nameplates are durable for up to 25 years. No matter what the conditions or job—sweltering heat, freezing cold, underground work, and continual outdoor exposure—our metal nameplates really take a beating.

We offer custom work using aluminum, stainless steel and brass metal plates. For outdoor use, U.S. Nameplate Company uses a special metal etching process that actually becomes part of the metal.

While these materials and processes are durable and tough, there are tried and true methods to ensure they last even longer. The more effectively you can protect and preserve your metal nameplate, the more time and money you’ll save.

But first, it’s important to understand just why metals deteriorate.

All metals—depending on where they fall on the Galvanic Series—have the potential for corrosion. Corrosion is the atmospheric oxidation of metals. When metals corrode, they begin to disintegrate at the surface through a chemical reaction. Many factors can accelerate this corrosion process, including:

Temperatures: If your equipment is stored or operated in a hot, moist climate, corrosion will occur at a faster rate.

Salt: Whether it’s road salt or saltwater, salt accelerates the rate of metal rust and corrosion.

Water damage: The lower the ph (acidity) of the water that comes into contact with your nameplate, the quicker the rate of corrosion.

Bacteria: When colonies of bacteria form on metal, they speed up the corrosion process and cause pitting on the metal surface.

According to the Corrosion Technology Laboratory at NASA, stainless steel is an excellent choice to prevent general corrosion. At U.S. Nameplate, our stainless steel nameplates are available in thicknesses ranging from .010″ – .035″ with a 2B mill finish.

Aluminum is another great metal choice to reduce the damage of corrosion. Again, according to NASA, aluminum offers superior atmospheric corrosion capabilities. We can customize any nameplate using aluminum or anodized aluminum at thicknesses ranging from .005-.125.” In addition, you can choose from a wide variety of finishes including black, bright, brushed, clear, foil, red, and gold.

Brass nameplates contain zinc as the primary alloy element. In general, the higher the amount of zinc, the lower the corrosion resistance. U.S. Nameplate offers a brushed finish brass in thicknesses ranging from .020″ – .032.”

From simple solutions to more advanced electrochemical strategies, this guide is a good resource for minimizing corrosion for all your metal nameplates and equipment.

Trust U.S. Nameplate to fabricate your nameplates and then laminate, machine or die or digitally cut them according to your specifications. Request a quote or call us today.

Metal Nameplates: 4 Steps to Designing and Creating Custom Metal Nameplates

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by | No Comments

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U.S. Nameplate Co. has a staff of technical professionals, engineers, and graphic artists with a wealth of experience; capable and willing to assist companies of all industries in the design, specification, and ordering of customized metal nameplates. Below, four steps describe the process of creating and designing a metal nameplate that best suits your needs.

Determine Need for Metal Nameplate

Shape and Size
What are the dimensions of your product? Where will the metal nameplate be located/mounted? From what distance would you like it to be seen? These three questions will help you determine the size of metal nameplate needed. Size and shape can also depend on logos or artwork, amount of text, or industry standards. U.S. Nameplate Co. has a number of different dies required to produce special shapes. If our dies do not fit specific needs, custom dies can be created. U.S. Nameplate Co. can die cut, digitally cut, laminate and/or machine a variety of metals in different shapes and sizes.

Materials and Finishes
Because U.S. Nameplate Co.’s customized metal nameplates are used in industries such as construction, mining, and military, a product that is built to last is extremely important. Additional materials available to create customized metal nameplates includes aluminum, anodized aluminum, Metalphoto®, brass, and stainless steel. Each type of metal varies in thickness, color, and finish options.

Color and Finish
Depending on the material used to create the metal nameplate, there are a few different colors available. Anodized aluminum is available in black, clear, red and gold. Most any metal product stocked can be screen printed and/or flooded to produce colors specified/needed. U.S. Nameplate Company also has the capability of digitally printing metals to produce photographic quality images. Metal finishes vary between materials but may include matte, brushed, mill, or satin.

Attachment and Holes
How or where will the metal nameplate attach to your product? U.S. Nameplate Co. can place holes in the metal nameplate in most any location in a variety of sizes. If you are unsure of the best way to adhere the metal nameplate to your product, U.S. Nameplate Co. engineers can recommend the best adhesion method depending on materials, surface and production process.

Request a Quote

Once need is determined regarding customized metal nameplates, continue the process by requesting a quote from U.S. Nameplate Co. When a quote is requested we ask for general company contact information, product need & usage, and a basic blueprint/drawing of the product. It’s our job to help you customize a nameplate best suited to your needs.

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Fabrication Processes

Embossing adds three dimensions to printing for unique identification. The information on an embossed nameplate will remain legible many years after harsh environments wear off any printed image.

Machining is any one of various processes in which a piece of raw material is cut into a desired final shape and size by a controlled material-removal process. Traditional machining processes, are turning, boring, drilling, milling, broaching, sawing, shaping, planing, reaming, and tapping. Machine tools, such as lathes, milling machines, drill presses, turret punch presses or others, are used with sharp cutting tools to remove material to achieve a desired geometry.

Metal Etching
Metal Etching is a special process used by U.S. Nameplate Co. for products used outdoors. The metal etching process is the most durable process available. This method is recommended for products or machines placed in tough environments and harsh outdoor elements.

Shipping and Application

Total Time Required
At U.S. Nameplate Co., we strive to finish jobs seven to ten days after the proof is approved. In emergency rush situations, U.S. Nameplate Co. is capable of producing *Expedited orders in 3-5 business days *for a premium fee.

Shipping Methods
We ship our products within a 10% over/under quality standard. If an order requires unusual or specific packing, handling or shipping instruction, U.S. Nameplate Co. will accommodate those needs if notified prior to production.

There are many different adhesive options available to adhere metal nameplates to your product. It is important to consider the texture, surface, and material of the product you will adhere the metal nameplate to. Additionally, the type of adhesive used depends on outdoor exposure, temperature variations and conditions. U.S. Nameplate Co. can help suggest the best type of adhesive for your specific needs.

For more information about designing customized metal nameplates with U.S. Nameplate, view our decal and nameplate design guide or contact us at (319) 895-8804.