Different Types of Nameplates Products Manufacturers Use

Different Types of NameplatesNameplates are generally industrial labels that are made of metals. Unlike labels, nameplates are designed for long term product marking. Manufacturers use them on their products primarily for informative and commercial use. They are mounted on products not only to identify their brand but also to display important details and properties.

Nameplates are available in different materials that manufacturers can choose from. The most common choice of nameplate material is aluminum, specifically because of its low cost. Stainless steel can be a bit costlier than aluminum but it is very durable and less prone to denting. It is the choice of majority of manufacturers in the food, medical and automotive industries.  Brass and Bronze are often utilized by manufacturers for its aesthetic and ornamental qualities.

Aside from the materials nameplates are made of, there are also different types of nameplates manufacturers can choose from:

    1. Domed nameplates – Clear polyurethane resin is added to the nameplate to create a dimensional lens. Not only does it make your nameplate attractive, but it also provides additional protection and durability due to the polyurethane resin coating/layer. A unique property of domed nameplates is its self-healing nature. This property of polyurethane resin protects the nameplate not only from chemicals but also from impact and abrasion. This type of nameplate is popular in kitchen appliances, bathroom accessories, automotive parts and electronic tools.
    2. Anodized nameplates – Anodizing is used to produce an abrasion-resistant and chemical-resistant layer for aluminum plates. This type of nameplate provides exceptional durability which is great for indoor and outdoor applications. Anodized templates are commonly used by aeronautical, marine, military and automotive manufacturers.
    3. Embossed Nameplate – Embossing creates dimensional nameplates for the purpose of emphasis and decoration. Using a metal dye, it creates a raised image on the surface of the metal.
    4. UPC or Bar Coded Nameplate - Bar coded nameplates are used primarily in asset tracking and inventory. The QR (quick response) or DM (data matrix) printed bar codes is one of the popular choices in industrial label printing. QR codes are used to access websites, view manuals, access technical data and check inventory records and much more.
    5. UID Nameplates – Unique Identification nameplates, also known as IUID, were developed by the Department of Defense to improve asset management and inventory. Companies mark their products and items with unique identifier if the acquisition is $5000 or more, or if the items are managed, mission essential or inventory controlled.

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