Schematic Plate Customization Basics

Schematic plates are used for helping people understand how a piece of equipment or machinery works. It can also be used to point out the path certain circuits take and the connections that numerous machines have to have in order to work properly. These plates can also be used to show people proper operating procedures, and what steps need to be taken for safe operations of equipment in the form of diagrams and detailed steps.

These plates can be made using a wide variety of marking methods and with the use of different kinds of materials, depending on where these are to be used. When you decide to use metals for these plates, you will often be given a list of options that include those that are ideal for various conditions. For instance, if these plates are to be used in high heat areas, there are some kinds of metals that are best for such places. To show you what your customization options are, here are some of the things you will need to consider when ordering your schematic plates:

Metal Options – usually, when it comes to metal plates used for industrial and safety reasons, the metals you will be presented with are those that are tarnish, corrosion, and rust resistant. Included in the list of options you will be given are stainless steel, aluminum, bronze and brass. Some manufacturers will also include in their list copper, zinc, and sometimes, even titanium. These metal options also come with different thicknesses, which range from a thin sheet that is .002 inches thin to plates that are .125” thick.

Marking Options – also part of what you can customize when it comes to schematic plates is what marking medium you will use to create the details on these plates. Some people opt for a marking method that will make these plates hardy enough to withstand anything, from vandalism to high heat to inclement weather. Others opt for marking methods that are somewhat decorative in nature, and still a few more choose a no-nonsense marking medium for their schematics.

Adhesives and Mounting – some companies choose to mount their schematics with the use of either screws or rivets, which means that holes have to be made to accommodate such hardware. A few others choose to leave the surface unmarred however, which is why adhesive choices are made available. There are many kinds of adhesives that can be chosen from for a variety of purposes. Some are great for use in situations that place these nameplates in high heat. Others are ideal for wet or damp conditions, and still a few more are great for use in varying conditions that include hot and cold ones.