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High-Quality Custom Graphic Overlays

Graphic overlays play a crucial role in various industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications, agriculture, and consumer goods. However, poorly designed overlays can hinder rather than help. Enhance your device's usability and durability with high-quality custom graphic overlays from Hallmark Nameplate’s expert overlay manufacturers.

With over 60 years of expertise in graphic overlay printing, our skilled manufacturers at Hallmark Nameplate are here to ensure your satisfaction. We collaborate closely with your team to create custom-designed overlays that perfectly meet your needs and specifications.

Trust us to deliver top-notch graphic overlay prints tailored to elevate your device's performance and user experience.

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Your Premier Graphic Overlay Manufacturer

At Hallmark Nameplate, we specialize in crafting durable, top-quality custom graphic overlays designed to withstand any environment.

What sets us apart is our commitment to meticulous preparation before production begins. We handle the heavy lifting upfront, ensuring swift delivery of exceptional results.

Rest assured, our dedication to excellence won't impact your budget. With years of experience, we've honed our processes and forged strong relationships with suppliers, enabling us to offer competitive pricing to our clients.

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The Purpose of Graphic Overlays (aka Panel Overlay)

A graphic overlay, also known as a graphic panel overlay, is a vital printed interface on mechanical and electronic assemblies that allows the user to interact seamlessly with the device, machine, or equipment.

The top layer, which visually represents the device's user interface panel, is the first thing the operator sees. By having an easily understandable and visible graphic overlay, it makes it simpler for the user to know what actions to take.

Overlay labels are an important part of many devices, as they help provide users with information about the product, how to use it, and any safety warnings that may be necessary. This functional and user-friendly interface is crucial in helping to define the overall user experience.


Graphic Overlays for Every Environment

Another important function of a graphic overlay is to keep moisture, dust, and debris from harming the electrical components inside.

Graphic overlay printing labels are designed to withstand extreme environmental conditions. Our designs can withstand indoor hazards such as cleaning solutions and chemical exposure, and outdoor challenges like extreme temperatures and UV exposure.

Custom graphic overlays are made to accommodate objects of any shape or size and are found in nearly every industry, from manufacturing sectors and the military to consumer equipment, devices, and tools.

Our Proven Graphic Overlay Process

First, you will meet with one of our engineers and designers to discuss your application and project needs.

Then, you send over artwork or design ideas so our engineering team can develop a fair quote.

The next step is the purchase order (PO) where we lay out expectations and confirm the purchase.

At the end of the day, our goal is to exceed your expectations, so we will send over a mock-up to make sure we are on the right track.

Then, our highly skilled team of overlay manufacturers will begin making your graphic overlay to your precise specifications. Finally, we carefully deliver the final product as soon as possible.


Graphic Overlay Manufacturing

Overwhelmed by all of the decisions? Don't worry our team will walk you through the entire process and provide guidance to help you custom design and manufacture the best graphic overlay for your project.

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    The two most common materials are polyester and polycarbonate. Polyester is more durable, while polycarbonate is more workable.

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    Custom Fabrication

    We have cutting-edge fiber optic technology that can custom fabricate intricate designs for any material or thickness.

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    Color Management

    We have a full color lab to allow us to perfectly match colors to fit your branding needs. We have the latest digital and screen printing technology to create sharp and clear images.

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    Adding embossing to your overlay allows you to create a more tactile user experience. Choose between rim, standard pad, or dome embossing.

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    Windows & Cutouts

    We can manufacture graphic overlays with screw holes, cutouts, or windows (transparent areas without ink).

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    We use 3M-certified adhesives (or whichever adhesive you'd prefer) to ensure your graphic overlay can stand the test of time.

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    Determine if you want external lighting or backlighting if you plan on creating a dead front panel. Choose if you'd prefer LED, EL, or Fiber Optic backlighting.

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    Select between a velvet or gloss finish. While the gloss creates a reflective surface, velvet is perfect for protecting your plastic materials.

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    We perform rigorous testing to make sure your graphic overlay meets all requirements and standards and will work for you every time.

Popular Uses for Graphic Overlays

Some of the most common uses of graphic overlays are equipment control panels, heart monitors, refrigerators, ATMs, vehicle dashboards, ultrasound scanners, microwaves, commercial ovens, coffee makers, gas pumps, CPAP machines, exercise equipment, and gaming consoles.

They're used on printers, copiers, and other business machines. Graphic overlays are found in critical military environments, such as the computer screens of tanks and tactical vehicles, helicopters, and aircraft.



This multi-faceted industry uses a wide variety of overlays and nameplates, such as instructional and warning labels, aviation tags, schematics, Lexan labels, and specially designed dials and instrumentation.



Equipment overlays for agriculture must withstand the most challenging environmental conditions and be extremely rugged. They must also provide clear product information, instructions and safety warnings to prevent serious injury.



Because construction equipment is engaged in hard labor out in the field, graphic overlays, which may include important operating and safety instructions, must be protective as well as informative. Graphic overlays for construction are designed to resist abrasion, moisture, UV and extreme temperatures.

Consumer Products

Consumer Products

Whether it’s a refrigerator, a lawn mower or a game console, consumer products take a lot of abuse. Consumers must be able to clearly read model numbers, serial numbers, on-board instructions and safety information, even when the equipment is many years old. This requires overlay material to be extremely durable and long-lasting.



Fitness equipment, especially when it’s used at a high-traffic gym or fitness center, sees a lot of abuse and nearly constant use. Overlays used for fitness equipment must be able to stand up to heavy use as well as harsh cleaning solutions. The information conveyed on fitness machine overlays is essential for user safety and to minimize facility liability, so the user interface must be straightforward and easy to understand, with sharp graphics. Overlays for fitness equipment are designed to resist moisture, scuffing and chemical corrosion.

Food Service

Food Service

Whether it’s a catering company that needs property tags for their equipment that’s used in client facilities, or identification and safety labels for a school cafeteria, food service organizations require nameplates and labels to keep track of supplies and equipment, and to keep workers well-informed and safe.

Manufacturing and Industrial

Manufacturing and Industrial

Graphic overlays used on equipment for industry must be “industry grade,” ready to handle heavy daily use and harsh chemical environments. As heavy machinery can pose a potential workplace risk and increased liability for organizations, interfaces must be robust and easy to read, as well as intuitive. This involves a smart design and high-quality graphics that remain sharp over years of abuse.



Graphic overlays used on equipment for industry must be “industry grade,” ready to handle heavy daily use and harsh chemical environments. As heavy machinery can pose a potential workplace risk and increased liability for organizations, interfaces must be robust and easy to read, as well as intuitive. This involves a smart design and high-quality graphics that remain sharp over years of abuse.

Medical and Dental

Medical and Dental

The medical device industry requires nameplates, labels and overlays to communicate the proper usage of equipment, tools and substances. They also need instructional and warning labels, UID nameplates and barcodes, model and serial number nameplates and overlays for their state-of the-art diagnostic and therapeutic devices.



Any equipment used by the military must meet their strict specifications, and graphic overlays for military equipment is no exception. These overlays for sensitive, mission-critical equipment must be protective, heavy duty and have a crisply designed, easy-to-use interface.

Research Laboratories

Research Laboratories

Scientific research requires absolute precision and strict adherence to safety regulations. Therefore, much like for medical facilities, graphic overlays for equipment used in research labs must convey instructions and safety warnings in a clear, easy-to-understand manner. These must help to protect sensitive equipment from chemical exposure and be impervious to such harsh substances for long life.



An important requirement of overlays for retail equipment is that there will likely be many employees who must understand operating instructions and safety warnings. Therefore, long-term durability and clear graphics are essential.



There are many overlays used in the transportation industry, from automobile dashboards and gas station pumps to control panels for mass transit trains and buses. As with any equipment that experiences heavy use and must relay important operating instructions in a clear manner, transportation overlays must be made to resist wear and tear in addition to harsh chemicals and other environmental hazards such as UV and extreme temperatures.



The Hallmark Difference

At Hallmark Nameplate, we have more than 60 years of experience designing custom graphic overlays that meet the unique needs and requirements of your industry and your application. Our team of experts will recommend the best materials and design that is most appropriate to the equipment or device, usage factors, and environment.

Contact us for more information and a free quote.


Our collection of graphic overlay printing samples are available for you to explore at no cost. These samples allow you to experience the exceptional quality, functionality, and durability of our graphic overlays up close.

Request your graphic overlay sample box today and make informed decisions about the perfect solution for your needs. Experience excellence firsthand with our high-quality graphic overlay printing.


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