What Type of Nameplate Fits Your Needs?
A nameplate serves to introduce you, your employees, and company to others. A nameplate can be hung on a door or placed on a product your company manufactures. There is a myriad of styles and materials that you can choose from to create a nameplate that will reflect the persona you want to project to the world. The most important thing when choosing how to create a nameplate is determining how it will fit your needs. Here is a brief guide on what you should consider when choosing a nameplate the is right for you.
Nameplates can be made out of practically any kind of material, but you have to make certain the material you want to be used is compatible with the product or the location the nameplate will be located. For example, aluminum is great to use on equipment or in locations that need to be kept clean to meet health codes or kept free of grease. Aluminum can withstand different cleaning agents without breaking down and becoming scratched and dull. Aluminum nameplates are also highly resistant to corrosive materials and rust. If you are going to make parts for the aerospace or marine industries, the use of aluminum-based products for nameplates may even be required in the specifications of the products you are making. If you need something with a harder surface, you can have your name plates made out of stainless steel.
Here are some other materials you can use:
- Brass. Brass is good to use when you are looking for a decorative nameplate that also needs to be corrosive-resistance. Brass has a golden-tinged color that is reminiscent of gold, but it costs a lot less than gold. The use of brass is a popular choice for those who which to have a memorial nameplate placed in an office or hallway in their business.
- Bronze. Bronze has an elegant look like brass, but it has a reddish-gold tint instead of a golden one. Bronze is also corrosive-resistant to things like salt water and is heavily used on nameplates found on ships and boats. Bronze is also good to use in places where fire can be a problem in an industrial or commercial setting since bronze won’t spark when scratched by another metal.
- Destructible Vinyl. If you are going to use a nameplate that will also act as a shield against the opening and tampering of a product, you will want to use one made out of destructible vinyl. Destructible vinyl falls apart when it is tampered with and a person can easily spot when someone has entered an area or product without authorization. This is especially useful for manufacturers and installers of high voltage electrical boxes and chemical tanks.
- Polyester. Polyester is very useful in industrial settings such as tool and die shops. The nameplates can have multiple colors that are useful to catch the eyes of people using or standing near the industrial equipment. They can alert people to the dangers of the equipment. Polyester is a long-lasting and heat-resistant material that won’t fade or color for a long time.
- Polycarbonate. Polycarbonate is good to use when the nameplate will probably undergo a lot of moving around and banging. Polycarbonate is an impact-resistant material that won’t wear down fast and is great to use on things like refrigeration and air conditioning units.
Most of the nameplates can have a different type of finish. You can apply a gloss, semi-gloss, and matte finish (dull) to the nameplate. A gloss finish will make the nameplate stand out as it shines. The gloss material will also add some strength to the surface and protect it from scratches. The matte finish is typically used on nameplates that will blend into a dull surrounding. The semi-gloss finish is useful when you want the nameplate to stand out a little, but not too much.
There are many different types of adhesives and the one you choose will depend on the material used to make the nameplate and the type of surface the nameplate will be mounted on. This is important if you aren’t using fasteners to mount the nameplate. You should talk to your Hallmark representative about the type of adhesive that will be best used in your particular situation.