Why Use Metal Nameplates Over Other Types

BY Rowena Taylor

Metal Plates - AluminumIf you were to choose from a wide variety of tagging and labeling options, you will find that you actually have quite a lot of material options at your fingertips. There is plastic, which can come in many colors, thicknesses, and variants, and there is also paper, which can also come in many colors, thicknesses and variants. One particular tagging and labeling option, metal nameplates, is also on this list of options.

Why should you consider metal nameplates for your tagging needs? When can you choose this particular option? Is there an alternative to metal plates when these are not compatible with your tagging needs?

Nameplates or tags made out of metal is often chosen when the item these are to be attached to need a tag that is durable, won’t warp or deform, and can last a very long time. These tags can also be chosen when you need nameplates that can withstand certain conditions such as high heat, extreme cold, moisture, and even exposure to chemicals. The reason why these tags are ideal for such rough conditions is due to a number of factors, which include the kinds of metals that are used for these, and the printing methods used to create such tags.

Metal Nameplates - BrassThe metals that are used when metal nameplates are made are usually those that are rust proof and tarnish proof. These metals are also proven to not only be resistant to corrosion and tarnish due to moisture, but also hardy enough to withstand corrosion that may result from exposure to acids, chemicals, grease, and grime. These metals are also tough enough to survive being exposed to hot and cold temperatures, as well as to changing environs, such as you would see and experience outdoors.

Some of the metals that you can use for these purposes include aluminum, stainless steel, and bronze. Brass, copper, and zinc are also considered for these uses, although the former are more often chosen than the latter. The reason why these are used for the creation of these tags is because of, as mentioned earlier, their being impervious to rust and tarnish, as well as their durability and toughness.

These plates are also chosen at times for their decorative quality, with stainless steel and aluminum being picked for those instances when silvery metals are needed, and bronze and brass being chosen for those times when a golden or reddish tinged metal is required. These plates can come in different thicknesses, can be cut into specific shapes and sizes, and can be marked using methods such as stamping, embossing, engraving, etching, digital printing, and silkscreening, to name but a few.

If you think that metal nameplates are not what you need, but still require tough tags for your products, there are actually a few materials that can be utilized for this. Aluminum foil, for one, is a tough yet rather thin material that can be made into labels. Lexan and Mylar are also a couple of material options that are considered ideal for when you need tough yet flexible options for your tagging and labeling needs.

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