Whilst this category of nameplates encompasses a wide range of potential materials and types, here at GSM Graphic Arts we are specialists in being able to help our customers identify the best materials, coats and finishes depending on the particular application and environment of use of their products.
These nameplates are a very durable option for harsh environments common in the Oil & Gas industry where the nameplates need to withstand offshore, marine and extreme climate applications. The nameplates are produced by chemically etching the text detail from the surface of the material and this is then paint infilled to provide contrast for ease of reading.
As you would expect, nameplates made of metal are very durable, hard wearing and ideal for applications where the environment or conditions of use are harsh. At GSM Graphic Arts, we offer a range of different metals for use as nameplates:
We can also offer screen printed steel plates on which the text detail is surface printed onto the stainless steel providing a more economical option.
A wide variety of metal types are available with varying properties and advantageous characteristics, depending on your particular requirements. They are also all available in a range of thicknesses and can be supplied with either self-adhesive tape or fixing holes.
These offer a durable finish whereby the text detail is sealed within the grain of the aluminium. The aluminium is electrically charged within a sulphuric acid solution which forces the surface to oxidise in a controlled manner and opens the pores. Ink is then either silkscreen printed or digitally printed into the pores and the aluminium is then sealed to provide a hard wearing finish. The digital printing option makes the process suitable for low volume requirements as well as long run production requirements.
Under surface printed onto Polycarbonate, Polyester or acrylic, these provide a durable finish as the text is visible through the material itself. Acrylic nameplates can be produced on material up to 10mm thick and are laser cut to size to give a good ‘polished’ finish to the edges. The plastic nameplates can be digitally printed for low volume requirements and, with the laser cutting option, tooling is not required.
No matter what type of equipment you need to add a nameplate to, GSM will be able to help you determine the best material and finishing process to ensure it matches the equipments’ application. We also offer the same services and options for product nameplates.