There are a wide variety of nameplate processes available on the market. When you aren’t familiar with nameplates, it can be hard to know which process is right for your application. Each process is a little bit different and can also be dependent on the material of the metal nameplate. This quick guide will help get you started when you are looking to order the best metal nameplates.
MetalPhoto is a photosensitive anodized aluminum used when long-lasting identification is desired. This unique process seals an image inside of an anodic layer in the aluminum. In short, MetalPhoto is fully customizable. It also handles any design, text, logo, or image. In addition, it can be more cost-effective than other processes such as engraving.
MetalPhoto provides the following benefits:
Resistance to corrosion, fading and abrasion
Rated for 20+ years outdoors durability
Features any image, design, or information
Support for barcodes for easy scanning and tracking
Instead of using a stamp or die to embed information, screen printing applies durable ink on the surface of the metal nameplate. These nameplates have a stand-out look, and can be made with full color designs.
Etched nameplates use a unique indentation process of cutting into the metal nameplate’s surface using a special chemical or laser process. With the option for etch and fill, etched nameplates also feature color customization.
Engraving uses a special machine to carve out the information or design into the metal material. This is a very time consuming process, and also expensive. However, engraving allows for total customization as every character is cut individually.
Engraving provides the following benefits:
Company name, logo, address, phone number
Serialization, Variable Information
In conclusion, there are many processes used to add information to nameplates. Consequently, each has its own set of pros and cons. Some are more durable, others are more customizable. If you still aren’t sure where to begin, your supplier can help point you in the right direction.