state-of-the-art Processes to Meet even the Toughest Specifications

U.S. Nameplate Co. offers start to finish, in-house capabilities from tooling to artwork to printing & fabrication to inspection. We strive to give our customers the widest array of options the industry has to offer.


U.S. Nameplate offers a variety of printing methods for your project:

Aluminum Etching

Aluminum Etching

  • Desirable when a durable, long-lasting product is required.
  • Anodized aluminum (clear or black) is the most commonly used substrate in the etching process.
  • Good for harsh, outdoor environments
  • Chemical resistant.
Digital Printing

Digital Printing

  • Compatible with a wide variety of media and objects.
  • Provides near-photographic image quality to take graphics to the next level.
  • Wide format flatbed can print almost any size product.
Metalphoto® Process

Metalphoto® Process

  • All Metalphoto® products meet the standards for long-lasting durable nameplates and panels that require extended exposure to weather, salt, and sunlight.
  • Meets or exceeds the strictest military standards.
Screen Printing

Screen Printing

  • Compatible with virtually all substrates.
  • On clear materials, screen printing is sub-surface, protecting it from abrasion and chemicals.
  • Screen printed metal products are durable and abrasion and solvent resistant.
Thermal Transfer

Thermal Transfer

  • Roll-to-roll printing using pigment or metallic resins.
  • Finishing and fabrication can make rolls, strips or pieces.
  • Special security features are available.


U.S. Nameplate can cut, form and machine your project using a variety of fabrication methods:

Die Cutting

Die Cutting

  • Standard and custom dies used to cut unusual shapes and rounded corners.
  • Hard dies used for metal parts.
  • Steel rule dies for flexible materials.
  • Precision tooling available for close tolerance requirements.
Digital Cutting

Digital Cutting

  • Through-cutting, kiss-cutting, routing, and creasing.
  • Cuts in rolls, sheets and rigid media up to 1.96" thick.
  • Custom shapes possible without tooling.


  • Adds three dimensions to printing for unique identification.
  • High durability that outlasts the lifespan of any inks.
  • Tactile areas or buttons on overlays.


  • Protects printed nameplates, overlays, and decals.
  • Subsurface printing on flexible substrates can be laminated on Metal Nameplates for increased durability and protection.
  • Multiple layers can be built-up, offering special features.
Machining & Forming

Machining & Forming

  • Press Brake Bending to your specifications.
  • Full in-house machine shop.
  • Manufacture any rectangular, square, or round metal nameplate, serial / VIN plate, or control panel without additional tooling charge.
  • Rigid plates can be roll-formed to conform to curved surfaces.


U.S. Nameplate stocks a variety of materials in-house that can be processed and fabricated to your project specifications:


  • Polycarbonate – Strong, somewhat rigid plastic film. Offering excellent chemical and abrasion resistance.
  • Polyester – Very strong plastic film. Offering little or no shrinkage.
  • Vinyl – Durable plastic PVC film that is flexible, conformable, abrasion resistant, and water and weather-proof.


  • Aluminum, anodized aluminum, brass, Metalphoto®, and stainless steel options.

Specialty Materials

  • Aluminum foil and adhesive-backed litho paper.
  • Tamper-evident acrylic and polyester.


  • Permanent, pressure-sensitive acrylic.
  • Special adhiseves for application to low-surface-energy (LSE) surfaces such as powder-coatings and certain plastics.
  • Various foam thicknesses to adhere to rough surfaces or to dampen vibrations.