Different Kinds of Special Plates and Their Advantages

special platesNumerous options are available when it comes to enhancing a product label. Today, companies are challenging their labelling and marketing creativity by exploring available substrate and marking method options. Companies use special plates as a way to draw consumer attention and add interest to the label. These plates provide unique and sophisticated visual and tactile elements to any design. Aside from the additional aesthetic value it gives the plates, each kind has its own innate property and advantages. Here are some examples:

Domed Metal or Label - Doming is cost effective and durable. It is a popular technique used on substrates like aluminum, polycarbonate and polyesters. It is made by placing a clear urethane to the surface of the plate or label making it scratch-proof and durable. Companies can either selectively dome a detail or the entire surface. This technique gives the plate a three-dimensional appearance and adds visual depth to its overall look. Their innate durability allows them to withstand extreme indoor and outdoor conditions.

Photosensitive Plates - They are considered the most durable aluminum substrate available. The process includes sealing the text or image on the substrate with a hard anodic layer. This gives the plate the capability to withstand harsh conditions like chemicals, corrosion and extreme weather. They are used by different industries for required material specifications in military, medical and automotive, to name a few. Aside from the durability it provides, photosensitive plate produces the highest graphic resolution. It ensures clear and crisp images or texts.

Etched Metal - Etching provides durability and visual depth to plates. It is a chemical process where specific areas of the surface are exposed to an etching substance. This results in a recessed image or text, giving the plate a two-toned finish. These are resistant to certain conditions such as weather and chemical. This ensures that the etched design or text will be legible for a long period of time. There are two options you can choose from – standard etch and deep etch. They differ in etch depth and required minimum thickness of the substrates used. To highlight the etched design, you can further customize it by filling the recession with color.

Embossed Metal - Embossed designs are intricate and add tactile features to the plate. When companies need a plate with a premium look, they commonly turn to embossed metals. Embossing adds dimension and depth to any design. The embossed design is created by using a metal die to raise the image on the substrate. Common embossing options available are 2-D Emboss, 3-D Emboss and Deboss designs.

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