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Methods of Manufacturing

ETCHING

In this process the legend is chemically recessed into the surface of the metal for durability against the most severe environmental conditions.

PHOTOSENSITIZED

In this process, copy is produced by embedding color dies into the pores of the aluminum itself. The material is then sealed, producing a product with greater durability than lithographed or silk screened plates. Photosensitized nameplates are relatively inexpensive in limited quantities, and can be produced quickly.

STONEWEAR PROCESS

Stonewear Process is our trade name for the top of the line in lithographed plates. In this method the copy is printed on, baked at high temperatures, then coated with a clear, tough coating that resists abrasion, sunlight and chemicals. The customer’s major advantages in specifying Stonewear Process nameplates are excellent reproduction of fine detail, multiple colors, and reasonable cost.

DOMED LABELS

When a decorative touch is needed the “domed” label process heightens your corporate logo and the products image. This unique, flexible process creates a 3-dimensional surface which is virtually indestructible to scratches and dents. It is poured approximately .060” thick on top of your graphics and cured. It is not recommended for extended exposure to sunlight. Standard adhesive is .001” permanent acrylic. Special adhesives are available for hard to adhere to surfaces. Please indicate the type of surface the label will be placed on for a custom quote.

EMBOSSING

The copy on these plates is raised by stamping the material under great pressure between two mated embossing dies. This relief makes embossed plates extremely durable. When combined with Stonewear Process, these plates become our most decorative nameplates.

STAMPING

The copy on these plates is recessed by stamping into the metal with steel type. The customer’s major advantage is that these tags have virtually equal durability with etched plates without the cost. For this process copy is generally set with existing steel type, but a special steel die can be produced if other typestyles are required.

HOT STAMPING

In this method a hot stamping foil is melted onto the plastic nameplate, so pigment is permanently heat transferred from the foil to the plastic. This process is particularly appropriate for decorative uses and is especially cost effective for small quantities. Please note that because these nameplates are not laminated they are subject to wear and solvent abuse.

SILK SCREENING

These nameplates are produced in much the same manner as in the Stonewear Process. The principle advantages of this process include better coverage of large areas of solid color, and retardation of fading because of thicker coverage.