Key Characteristics of Metal Nameplates

Metal nameplates come in various shapes, colours, sizes and thicknesses. They are used for indoor and outdoor applications to enhance and reinforce your brand identity and provide essential information on operations, safety and instructional procedures.

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Finding the right metal nameplate for your company/product can be challenging as a level of durability and quality must be met. One of the metals we use is aluminium, which is lightweight, durable and strong compared to other materials. The last thing you need is to have your identification, compliance, safety or rating nameplates fade or deteriorate quickly over time.

Here are some key characteristics of metal nameplates that will assist you in the decision-making process.

Engineered for outdoor applications using anodising process.

Metal nameplates for use in the commercial industry, such as machinery, equipment, sheds and fencing must be able to tolerate harsh or corrosive environments as opposed to office or home use. Metal nameplates must be durable and resilient enough to withstand extreme temperatures, outdoor exposure, abrasion, salt spray and most chemicals. An example would be for the RV & Marine industry. A specialised anodising method can ensure that nameplates will not fade or deteriorate quickly overtime. Anodising is an electrolyte process in which a thick coat of oxide is added to the surface of the aluminium designed to increase corrosion resistance.

Etched, embossed, printed, dyed or formed.

Nameplates that can be etched, embossed, printed dyed or formed will help you achieve your nameplate needs in terms of resilience, longevity, durability and overall look and feel of the nameplate. Two popular techniques of metal nameplates are etching and screen printing. Etching involves removing specific areas of the metal using a chemical process to create designs and graphics. Etched nameplates are generally used for equipment labelling, machine identification and rating labels. Perfect for automotive compliance. Alternatively, screen printing is a cost-effective and durable solution used to achieve a decorative product. By doing so, ink is stencilled on the metal to create a desired image or design, ideal for indoor and outdoor applications with long lasting results.

Mounting holes, adhesive or both.

Given nameplates are used for a wide variety of indoor and outdoor applications, it’s important to ensure mounted holes or adhesives are supplied. Without this functionality it makes application difficult. Nameplates can be applied to many surfaces such as plastic, metal, cardboard and walls and there are pros and cons for each surface. At the same time, there are many mounting and adhesive options available which vary depending on the size of your nameplate. For instance, smaller nameplates generally allow for one or two mounting holes, whereas, larger nameplates can allow up to four mounting holes in each corner.

Nameplates can be mounted to many surfaces including walls, doors, vehicles and units. Brackets and screws are the most common and easiest ways to install nameplates.

Adhesives on the other hand, are mainly suitable for outdoor and wet applications such as, plastics, metal and powder coated materials. It is important to consider the surface condition as this will ultimately determine the bond capability. For instance, texture is one determinate. This means if applied to an uneven surface, a foam adhesive option is suitable for filling in the gaps between the two surfaces.

Other than product application, factors like environment and exposure are other elements to take into consideration. These elements require stronger adhesives to be able to withstand extreme weather exposure and harsh chemicals. The right adhesive largely depends on the surface the orientation of nameplate combined with the conditions it is likely to experience and the longevity required.

Talk to the experts at Luna Nameplate Industries to receive design and application solutions for your metal nameplate. Luna Nameplate Industries has been tested and validated to all applicable automotive exterior and interior specifications.

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