U.S. Nameplate Lead Time

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

U.S. Nameplate Lead Time

U.S. Nameplate Lead Time

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. U.S. 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. Contact us today!

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!

Lowering Manufacturing Risk with an Effective Safety Label

Posted on: July 28th, 2015 by | No Comments

In an increasingly litigious society, companies know they must take certain precautions to avoid lawsuits. In fact, “failure to warn” and “inadequate warning” cases have been on the rise. The more you can do to protect your employees and customers, the more you’ll protect your bottom line.

U.S. Nameplate Co. has been manufacturing labels since 1946. We work with a wide variety of original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s) and we know the importance of long-lasting and durable industrial safety labels.Industrial Safety Labels

Safety labels should be the most visible part of any piece of machinery. If the label is not legible or becomes worn over time, your company runs the risk of accidents and lawsuits. The clearer your safety label, the lower the chances for product liability litigation.

At U.S. Nameplate Co., we listen to your needs. In order to provide the best design, we must learn more about your industry and understand how our products will be used. Will our labels be subjected to harsh weather conditions? Do they need to be visible from long distances? Will they be affixed to moveable parts? Do you need text only (i.e. safety instructions or hazard alerts) or text and symbols? Who is your intended audience?

The more details we have, the more customization we can provide. We’ll also talk with you about materials, designs, and finishes. U.S. Nameplate is proud to offer many design options for your safety labels: screen or digital printing, laminating, embossing, thermal transfers, and die or diagonal cuts.

We design and manufacture safety labels for many different industries, including construction, mining, medical, original equipment manufacturers and the military. Each type of industry has unique standards and requirements, which may include ANSI, CE marking, UL-compliance, WEEE/RoHS, or ISO.

All industries have one thing in common, however. They need easy-to-read, easy-to-understand, and long-lasting safety labels. Sometimes text alone is not enough, especially when it comes to different languages. Sometimes labels require special colors, formatting, and custom symbols.

At U.S. Nameplate Co., we’ve been supplying labels to businesses across the world for nearly 70 years. We’re experienced professionals and will help you every step of the way.

Safety labels are critical in today’s business world. They protect everyone: your workers, your clients, and your company. Put safety first. Call or contact U.S. Nameplate Co. today to see how we can help with your next project.