How Embossed Metal Plates are Manufactured

Embossed Metal PlatesEmbossing is a manufacturing method that produces raised and recessed features on many things. While some people may think that this process is used only on metal, it is actually also used on other materials like cardboard and paper. While the method used to mark these different materials may be similar (stamping machines and tools are used), when embossed metals are made, another element is added – heat.

Metal embossing is often begun with the creation of the two dies that are needed to create the raised or sunken design on the metal sheet. These dies are paired in what is called a male and female pairing. These two need to be made with precision since these have to fit perfectly when the marking process occurs in order to create the designs that are supposed to go onto the metal sheet.

The two dies, the top and bottom one, are then fit into a roller that is used in the creation of the embossed metal that needs to be made. If the design is for a smaller item, numerous stamps are made and fitted into the roller that is to be used in the making of these tags. These have to be affixed to the roller with precision since these will need to stamp the design continuously onto the plates that are run through this machine.

One side of the die is often stationary while the one on the roller is the moving part. There are times however when both stamps are put on rollers and the metal sheet is processed directly after it is extruded. This is what is usually done when embossed metal used for flooring and other similar applications are made.

The usual method used when embossing metal involves the use of heat as the metal sheets are stamped. This creates a smooth surface on the metal as it is embossed. Once the designs are embossed on the metal sheet, this is then taken to a place where these tags or plates are cut into the sizes these are supposed to be in.

Embossed metal plates are often made due to both aesthetic and functional reasons. You can find metal sheets with embossed designs on them used for elevator panels, metal office furnishings, garage door panels, appliance panels, and so on. You can also find these being used to make a sheet of metal more rigid and durable, improve the traction of a sheet of metal, and to increase heat transfer abilities of some metals.

The most commonly used metals for this include aluminum, stainless steel, brass, and copper. Zinc, galvanized steel, and cold rolled steel are also used for certain embossed metal applcations.

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