The Highest Quality Custom Industrial Nameplates for Your Business
In business since 1958, Hallmark Nameplate is a leading custom printer and manufacturer of custom labels and industrial nameplates for many different applications and industries. We offer a full range of materials, thicknesses, finishes, adhesives and special processes to meet the demands of the most challenging nameplate applications. With extensive engineering and manufacturing expertise in product identification services, we work with you to create the best industrial equipment nameplates for your application. From metal name plates for equipment to product nameplates, we're here to exceed your expectations.
A Wealth of Nameplate Knowledge and Expert Advice
There are many kinds of machine nameplates and the choices can be overwhelming. To make the process easier, we provide comprehensive information about nameplate materials, finishes, special process and printing options, with their benefits and recommended uses. The best nameplates for your application will depend on many factors, including usage, environmental conditions and the information required. We'll work with your team to learn every detail of your application. We will then propose a custom solution that takes the many considerations into account to produce the most appropriate and best quality custom nameplates for your purpose.
Nameplates for Any Industry and All Applications
We've worked with many industries, from medical and telecommunications to OEM, government and the military, designing and manufacturing Permanent Product Identification Nameplates, Equipment ID Tags, Barcode Tags, Serialization Nameplates, Product Nameplates of any time, and many other types of nameplates for indoor and/or outdoor use.
We maintain a large inventory of metals and plastics for custom industrial nameplates and can also work with customer-supplied materials. Our state-of-the-art facility includes complete fabrication services, with traditional die-cutting, plotters/cutting tables/digital cutters and laser plotters/cutters. For metal nameplates, we use dies or cut them by hand. We can make nameplates with screw holes, cutouts or windows (transparent areas without ink). Nameplates are available in sheet form or as individual pieces per customer request. We have a robust inspection department to ensure consistently high quality and that your nameplates perfectly meet every specification. We also offer first article inspection.
Industry Certifications and Compliances for Military Nameplates & Asset Labels
We are UL certified, RoHS and ITAR compliant and a 3M Preferred Converter. Other certifications include ISO 13485:2016, ISO 9001:2015 and GPI. We are a major supplier of Military Asset Labels, which are designed to meet the strictest MIL SPEC requirements.
Custom Industrial Nameplates
Personalized Service and Industry Expertise
Learn about the various aspects of custom machine nameplates in this article, and then contact us with your job details for further information, recommendations and a quote.
Our team of experts is here to provide exceptional service and answer your questions. We're a trusted supplier of nameplates for commercial, industrial, government, military, and aerospace applications. We provide personalized service and are committed to the success of our customers.
Nameplates Materials & Finishes
Durable Plastic Nameplates
Hallmark Nameplate produces a high volume of polycarbonate and polyester nameplates. One of our clients is a commercial aircraft interior manufacturer. The company makes virtually all the velvet polycarbonate (Lexan) placards that are found inside aircraft cabins (i.e. "No Smoking," "No Stowage" and signs with weight restrictions). We also offer vinyl (PVC) labels.
In addition to the materials mentioned, we can work with customer-supplied custom materials. It's rare that we get a request for a material that we can't print on! If we don't have it in stock, we can order it.
Depending upon the application and variables such as indoor or outdoor environment, proximity to harsh cleaners and other chemicals, industry specifications and branding requirements, our nameplate specialists will recommend the material and finish best suited to your company's needs.
Durable Aluminum Nameplates
Hallmark Nameplate offers premium quality aluminum nameplates in different alloys and finishes. We also offer Metalphoto® nameplates, which are made from photosensitive anodized aluminum.
Of all the available nameplate materials, aluminum is extremely durable, lightweight, versatile, and scratch-resistant, which makes it one of the most widely used materials for nameplates. Aluminum nameplates can stand up to harsh weather, various chemicals, and heavy usage. They can last for many years. Our aluminum nameplates are available in 1000, 1100, 1145, and 5005 aluminum alloys.
Aluminum tags withstand harsh environments and heavy industrial use. Aluminum nameplates can be designed to meet military, ANSI, UL, and CSA specifications. Aluminum is a great nameplate material for clients that want an attractive finish in a hard, tarnish proof and rust-proof material. Aluminum is frequently used for outside applications, but it can also be used inside. Its most common use is for equipment asset tags.
Metalphoto Nameplates – Photosensitive Anodized Aluminum Labels
Metalphoto® is recommended for nameplates that must be extremely durable and unaffected by harsh indoor and outdoor conditions, with high-resolution graphics. Metalphoto nameplates are made from 1100 alloy anodized aluminum, using a special process that doesn’t involve traditional printing. Instead, the image is sealed inside photosensitive, anodized aluminum, which makes the nameplate resistant to UV exposure, high temperatures, chemicals, abrasion, and corrosion. The graphics have the appearance of printed ink but with far greater longevity. Metalphoto nameplates are rated for at least 20 years of outdoor use. Regardless of the environment, the nameplate design won’t ever fade or wear off. This means fewer nameplate replacements and greater compliance with regulatory requirements.
The resilience and lightweight nature of Metalphoto nameplates, and their adherence to strict specifications, make them especially ideal for the aerospace industry. Metalphoto is widely used by the military, government organizations, and the world’s leading OEMs. In addition to Metalphoto nameplates, photo-anodized aluminum can also be used to create rugged, high-resolution control panels, labels, and signs.
Since the image is sealed inside the anodized aluminum and is not printed on top nor etched in, the graphics remain crisp regardless of age or environmental conditions, and the nameplate surface is smooth to the touch. Metalphoto labels are engineered for optimal readability through virtually any operating conditions.
Because of Metalphoto’s proven performance, most industrial, military, and government organizations have specified it for their asset tags and for other applications for more than 65 years. Metalphoto tags are used on everything from offshore oil rigs to NASA’s space station.
Metalphoto Nameplate Uses
There are many uses for Metalphoto. In addition to nameplates, the Metalphoto process is frequently used for control panels and faceplates, product, and equipment ID plates, exterior and interior signs, caution and warning plaques, scales and dials, asset tags, serial number and model number tags, labels with operating procedures, VIN plates, computer tags, bar code labels, and UID data matrix codes.
Metalphoto is widely used for any nameplates that require strict compliance with specifications, such as aircraft labels, off-highway equipment nameplates, military, and commercial ship placards, trailer and shipping container VIN tags, service schematics, load and rating plates, and machine control panels. If you’re looking for a nameplate that provides lasting identification and brand recognition, Metalphoto is a smart choice.
The Metalphoto® material is 1100 alloy anodized aluminum. It’s available in thicknesses ranging from .003” to .125” and can be fabricated in any size or shape that’s required. Metalphoto tags can be attached to many kinds of materials with either mechanical fasteners or adhesives. They’re ideal when permanent identification of a product, asset, or process is critical. Metalphoto labels, signs, nameplates, or machine control panels are designed to last throughout the life of the part. For organizations with environmental initiatives, aluminum is a completely recyclable product.
Available Metalphoto finishes include:
- Matte – Dull finish; non-reflective and non-glare
- Satin – Semi-gloss; medium-reflective; slight grain
- #4 – Brushed finish that resembles stainless steel
- Gloss – Mirror-like; highly reflective
Bar code labels typically use the matte finish, whereas equipment panels, nameplates, and signs frequently specify the satin finish. A high gloss finish is often used for plaques and awards.
Metalphoto nameplates are resistant to:
- Accelerated light and weather
- Accelerated oxygen aging
- Cleaning solutions
- Heat and high temperatures up to 1000 degrees Fahrenheit
- Low temperatures
- Organic solvents
- Saltwater corrosion
- Thermal shock
- Ultraviolet radiation (UV)
Metalphoto Receives the Highest Rating from the U.S. Navy
In 2011, the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Corona Division, completed a year-long study of 26 commercially available label materials, including Metalphoto. They wanted to determine the environmental survivability of these materials when used as nameplates for Item Unique Identification (IUID). The Navy requires all military assets that are specified under MIL-STD-130 to be marked with a unique barcode that can survive the life expectancy of the equipment it’s attached to. Tested materials included acrylic, polyester, ceramic coated stainless steel, and Metalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum. These labels were tested for their resistance to abrasion, wide temperature ranges, chemicals, chipping, and salt fog. Except for immersion in MIBK solvent, which none of the labels could withstand, Metalphoto was the only material that passed all tests, and it earned the highest score.
The Metalphoto Nameplate Process
Metalphoto nameplates are made from unsealed pure 1100 alloy anodized aluminum, which is porous in nature. A sub-surface image is created, by exposing and developing an anodized layer that’s saturated with photosensitive silver compounds. The portions of the image that are exposed to light turn black, while any unexposed areas remain the color of the aluminum plate. This is similar to conventional black and white photography. The anodized layer is then sealed, which protects the image inside the hard oxide layer.
The Metalphoto nameplate printing process is as follows:
- Graphics are designed
- High-contrast film negatives are generated
- Anodized Metalphoto plate is exposed to the film negative
- Image is developed and fixed, and the plate is rinsed
- Metalphoto plate is sealed with a special solution
- The nameplate is fabricated and finished
Military, Industrial, and Government Specifications for Metalphoto Nameplates:
- Federal Specification GGP-455B
- A-A-50271 Class-2 Composition C
- UL, REACH, and RoHS Certified
Metalphoto is specified by these companies:
- Department of Defense
- Lockheed Martin
- S. Army
- BF Goodrich
- Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL)
- Sikorsky (United Technologies)
- General Dynamics
Premium Metalphoto Nameplates for Your Organization
Contact Hallmark Nameplate to discuss your label, nameplate, or control panel project, and to learn more about the benefits of Metalphoto. With more than 50 years of expertise in designing nameplates for every indoor and outdoor environment, we can recommend the best solution for your application and requirements. We will work closely with your team from the design phase through project completion.
Metalphoto Features (test)
- Durable and Long-Lasting – The image, which is silver-halide based, is embedded and sealed inside the anodized aluminum. This image remains clear and readable even after long-term exposure to harsh environmental conditions like extreme weather, sunlight and UV, heat, chemicals, oil, paint, abrasion, dirt and salt spray. The aluminum base is extremely rigid and won’t crack, peel or delaminate.
- Photographic Resolution – High image resolution enables the printing of small marks, with the option to print security features like watermarks and micro text to verify authenticity. This also allows for very small printing where surface area is limited.
- Supports Variable Information – Metalphoto nameplates and labels can be used for unique serialized data, barcodes with any type of symbols or special instructions. This ability streamlines asset tracking and reduces the chance of data entry errors.
Choose Your Finish
Protect your label with a rugged material finish or overlaminate for polycarbonate (lexan), vinyl, and polyester (mylar) subtrates
Make your graphics stand out with a reflective surface finish. Selective combinations of finishes are available.
The Hallmark Difference
When you choose Hallmark Nameplate, you'll get an expert team, backed by more than 50 years of experience, that will seamlessly integrate with your organization. We walk you through the entire development process to ensure that you have the right nameplate for your specific needs and application.
Contact us now, tell us about your project, and get a comprehensive quote with all your questions and concerns answered. We look forward to working with you!
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