Custom Nameplate Materials and Printing Processes

Nameplate Materials Selection Guide

Metallic Nameplate Materials Stainless Steel Aluminum Brass Zinc
Available Sizes Any Size Any Size Any Size Any Size
Thickness 0.015" – 0.064" 0.125" – 0.064" 0.012" – 0.064" 0.032" - 0.375"
Material Characteristics Extremely durable, retains sheen Lightweight, durable material, economical Extremely durable, resistant to tarnish and water, glossy or matte finish High heat resistance, can be tinted and and deep etched, allows for high-end graphics
Water Resistance Excellent Good Excellent Excellent
Chemical and Solvents Resistance Excellent Very Good Very Good Very Good
Abrasion Resistance Very Good Good Very Good Very Good
Oxidation and Corrosion Resistance Excellent Good Good Good
Applications Harsh outdoors, Harsh indoor, Sea water exposure Normal indoor, outdoor. Harsh indoor.  When a lightweight material is needed Harsh outdoor, Harsh indoor, Decorative nameplates Indoor plaques where deep etching is preferred

Non-Metallic Nameplate Materials Lexan® and Polycarbonates (Plastic) Mylar® Vinyl
Available Sizes Any Size Any Size Any Size
Thickness 0.003" - 0.030" 0.001" - 0.020" 0.002" - 0.010"
Material Characteristics Durable polycarbonate by GE. Embedded graphics are vandalism resistant. Strong laminated polyester film very well suited for sub-surface printing Non-laminated polyester very well suited for surface printing
Water Resistance Excellent Good Good
Chemical and Solvents Resistance Excellent Good Good
Abrasion Resistance Very Good Good Good
Corrosion Resistance Excellent Good Good
Applications Normal indoor and outdoor.  Harsh indoor and outdoor. Normal indoor Normal indoor

Nameplate Printing Processes

Chemical Etched Chemically etched nameplates are manufactured by masking certain areas of metal with an acid resistant material. This allows the unmasked area to be dissolved away with acid, resulting in the masked areas remaining in relief. The depth of commercial nameplate etching varies from 0.0015 to 0.003 inches, depending on the height and stroke of letters and the type of metal or alloy.
Screen Print Screen printing involves applying a photographic stencil to a piece of porous, tightly stretched polyester through which enamel colors are forced. Areas of the screen are blocked off with a non-permeable material—a stencil—which is a negative of the image to be printed; that is, the open spaces are where the ink will appear.
Photosensitive Process The photosensitive process is used to produce anodized nameplates by exposing a photo resist coated plate to light through a film negative. The resist is selectively removed and the base metals etched to produce the copy. Known for their extreme accuracy and quick turnaround time, anodized plates are commonly used in military applications.
Embossed Embossing of nameplates is the process used to raise a pattern of copy above an original (normal) surface by the use of matched male and female dies.
Stamping Stamping is the opposite and is used to depress copy below the surface. Metals suitable for embossing and stamping include aluminum, brass, stainless and CRS.


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