Every type of equipment or machinery will need maintenance at some point. Parts wear out, pieces break, and repairs are necessary.

Equipment repair nameplates clearly mark when a machine is out of service and can be used to monitor the status of repairs and inspections.

Applications

Safety

Manufacturing plants, construction sites, and other facilities rely on potentially dangerous equipment. Workers can be exposed to severe risks if machinery is not maintained and operated correctly.

One of the simplest mistakes a worker can make is operating a machine that is broken or being repaired. This can not only further damage the equipment, but puts the worker and other staff at risk of injury.

Equipment repair nameplates help to mitigate some of this risk by providing a prominent indicator a machine should not be used. For example, a bright red nameplate labeled “Out of Service” quickly gets the point across.

This simple addition can make the difference between safe use and a hazardous mistake.

Inspections

Periodic inspections are a necessary part of a successful and safe operation. Whether they are performed internally or by a third party, providing accurate information is crucial.

Properly labeled equipment can make the difference between a good inspection and a bad one. Equipment repair tags make it easy for inspectors to quickly identify equipment that is out of service or being repaired. In addition, numbered nameplates can be also used to track the progress of an inspection.

Materials

Metal Substrates

When material durability is needed, metal is usually the best choice. Resilient metal substrates such as aluminum, stainless steel, and brass are used for long-term identification.

Instead of throwing away your repair nameplates after every usage, metal nameplates can be used over and over for many years.

This can include new marking on a nameplate each time a machine is serviced. Another option is using a generic “out of service” design on the nameplates.

Paper/Vinyl

Some organizations need a very temporary solution for their identification. They just want to mark a piece of equipment for a day or two while it is repaired, and then toss the label away.

Printed labels on a paper tag or vinyl decal can provide a short-term solution for equipment repair marking.

In comparison to their metal counterpart, these labels do not offer the same longevity. These are suitable for short-term marking at most.

Marking Processes

Stamping/Embossing

Repair nameplates can be stamped or embossed with pertinent information for operators or inspectors.

These direct marking processes utilize a stamp or die set to create an indented or raised design. These impressions are incredibly durable and will last decades.

A simple “Out of Service” nameplate can be applied and reapplied to various machines and equipment for decades before it needs to be replaced.

Another application for these marking processes, numbers can be stamped or embossed to provide full traceability of machinery and other assets.

These numbered nameplates can be used for many purposes including tracking repairs and monitoring inspections.

Photo Anodization

Some organizations need to label their equipment with more detailed information. This might include a barcode for scanning or a detailed list of times the equipment was serviced.

This process produces a design shielded by a layer of anodized aluminum. This makes photo anodized nameplates extremely durable, even in industrial environments.

The ability to add a barcode or QR code to the nameplate allows for the tracking and input of data regarding repairs, inspections, and more.

In addition, the anodized aluminum material can be adorned with a solid background color. This allows for the color-coding of a repair tagging system. For example, using a red nameplate to distinguish a machine is damaged, and a yellow one to indicate it is currently being repaired.

Printing

As previously mentioned, there are identification solutions for very short-term usage. Printed information is not very durable, and isn’t suited for extended use. The topical ink will quickly fade and wear, requiring the nameplate to be replaced or removed.

Wrap-Up

The key with equipment repair nameplates is selecting the right one for your specific application and needs.

If you just need a nameplate that will last a few days until a machine is back up and running, paper or vinyl tags might be a great choice

For applications with harsh environments, metal substrates are the best option. Their durability means they can withstand nearly any of the hazards thrown their way.

We can help you choose the right nameplates for your equipment. Call us today at 800-428-0095 for more information.