Different Industries That Choose to Use Photosensitive Plates

anodized aluminum platePhotosensitive plates are commonly used by different industries because of their inherent properties. The substrate is impervious to extreme weather conditions and chemicals, and its durability is virtually unmatched. Photosensitive plates are the most ideal labels to meet the most stringent standards and demanding tagging needs.

Photosensitive metals, also known as photo anodized aluminum, metalphoto or photo metal, maximize the porous property of unsealed anodized aluminum to create surface graphics. Industries started using photosensitive plates as early as 1950. It was developed and introduced to the world by Horizons Research Incorporated, and today they manufacture these photosensitive plates under Metalphoto brand name.

In 1965, photosensitive anodized aluminum has been used by many government, military and industrial companies such as NASA, US Army and Navy, to name a few. It is considered one of the most durable metals manufactured in the market. In fact, in 2012 Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) conducted a test and compared photosensitive plates to other labels. They found that the former achieved the highest score on extreme environment survivability.

There are 2 types of photosensitive plates. Type 1 photosensitive anodized aluminum is impregnated with silver compound while Type 2 is coated with a photo resist.

The marketing possibilities for application are many. Here are some of the industries that specify and use photosensitive plates:

Defense - The Department of Defense depends on these anodized aluminum nameplates when extreme durability is required. They use them for placards, damage control signs and unique identification labels for military material.

These are also used in different weapon systems such as Abram’s Tank, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and the HMMWV. The Department of Defense requires all suppliers to provide UID on every single government-purchased item over $5000. Photosensitive plates used by Marine Corps and army meet military specification under MIL-STD-130.

Transportation - Most companies and businesses rely on intermodal freight transport. Photosensitive plates offer unparalleled durability, crisp photographic resolution and barcode readability. They are also resistant to salt water. Transportation companies specify photosensitive metal plates for ISO 6346, an international standard for marking intermodal containers for freight transport.

Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) – Whether a company is manufacturing parts for a vehicle, hardware for IT products or industrial equipment, photosensitive plates with its superior marking method and tested endurance make it ideal for OEM labelling requirements. They provide long lasting identification and can remain readable for more than 30 years.

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