Different Materials Used for Nameplates

Different Materials Used for Nameplates

At GSM Graphic Arts, we work with various materials in the manufacturing of industrial nameplates to ensure we’re able to meet our clients’ needs. With over 45 years of experience, we have a range of processes at our disposal that enables us to produce metal nameplates and plastic nameplates with a finish to meet your exact specifications for various applications.

Our nameplates are made from only the highest quality materials to ensure they’re hard-wearing and fit for purpose. They can also be screen printed or digitally printed with graphics or etched and colour infilled for extra durability and ruggedness. We can manufacture nameplates out of the following materials:

Stainless Steel

Our stainless steel nameplates can be used in some of the most severe and challenging environments, with chemically etched 304 or 316 stainless steel to ensure they meet your specifications. Chemical etching is when the stainless steel surface is removed with chemicals, then infilled with colour and baked to provide a durable, long-lasting nameplate.

This toughness and resistance to wearing make these nameplates perfect for marine and oil, and gas industries, where they need to be strong and corrosion-resistant. Stainless steel is a durable metal known for its high quality and strength, making it a versatile choice for your nameplates. At GSM, we can provide you with a range of surface finishes, including brushed, bright and satin steel, so your nameplate has a visually appealing, cosmetic finish.

Stainless Steel NameplatesAluminium

Aluminium nameplates are a durable option for displaying product details, barcodes, machine identification, equipment badges are more. We can provide you with anodised aluminium that is tailored to your exact specifications.

For areas exposed to harsh conditions, aluminium is the ideal choice due to its lightweight, strength and good thermal conductivity. It is non-magnetic, non-toxic, non-sparking and UV resistant, making it the perfect choice for various uses like asset identification and barcode labelling. Aluminium’s properties also make it an excellent choice for machine rating plates, safety decals and building signage.

We use an electrolytic process that transforms the surface into a durable anodic oxide coat, so the aluminium gains a non-corrosive and protective coating to ensure its long life. We can provide you with nameplates that include multi-coloured images, barcodes, QR codes or your own unique ID that have been sealed into the anodic coat of the label using specialist dye inks. Your nameplate will be highly resistant, never peel or wear through and suitable for indoor and outdoor use.

Aluminium nameplateBrass 

Our brass nameplates add a touch of elegance and quality to your manufactured nameplate. Brass is the ideal material for nameplates for various industries, including electronics, oil and gas, medical, aerospace and refrigeration. Our extensive experience working with brass means we always ensure that each of our nameplates is unique and designed specifically for your requirements. Our brass nameplates are available in various sizes, shapes, colours, thicknesses, finishes and etching patterns.

We can etch and fill the brass with your company details, and we have a stamping method that allows logos to be added with exact colours to match your brand. We use the latest laser marking and engraving to ensure that your nameplate can withstand harsh environments. We also offer surface printing and spray the brass with a clear lacquer to avoid tarnishing, keeping the nameplate pristine for years to come.

Brass NameplatesPlastic

Plastic labels can be used for a wide range of applications and are the most cost-effective choice. For example, you can opt for an under-surface printed polycarbonate label, ideal for the catering and refrigeration industry, or a vinyl warning label that can be used in a wide range of scenarios to advise of dangers. Plastic labels are incredibly flexible and have a vast range of applications.

Our team can provide you with plastic labels in bulk to meet your needs. You can choose from weatherproof labels that have been digitally printed or silkscreen printed, depending on your requirements. We can provide you with labels suitable for outdoor applications such as the marine and offshore industry or outdoor lighting.

Our plastic can be under-surfaced printed to provide a solvent and chemical resistant face, making the product perfect for environments where good hygiene is required, such as the catering and refrigeration industry. We can also add strong adhesive to your labels to ensure they adhere securely to a wide range of materials.

At GSM Graphic Arts, we pride ourselves on offering our customers the very best nameplate solutions, no matter your requirements. Our experts can help identify the best materials, coats and finishes that you need for your products. Contact us today to learn more about our nameplates and to discuss your requirements.