Different Types of Printed Nameplates and Their Uses

Printed Nameplates

When you talk about printed nameplates, you are essentially talking about nameplates that are made using a particular printing process. Printing is defined as a process where printed matter is created with the use of ink or other similar mediums. In other words, engraved and embossed nameplates cannot be called printed nameplates since these were made with the use of other methods and not with ink (although the messages on these plates can be enhanced with the use of ink or paint).

Printed nameplates include those that are manufactured using digital printers, silk screens and more. Here are some of the different printed nameplates we carry and where these are ideally used:

  • Domed Labels – typically called labels due to the fact that these are first manufactured using paper, vinyl or aluminum foil, these nameplates are first printed with the design or information needed on them before these get a resin coating that makes it get its domed form. This clear resin coating helps give it the 3D appearance it needs, and also helps protect the printed information on it as well.
  • Model and Serial Plates – these are manufactured using digital printing or stonewear process, depending on where these plates are to be used as well as on the specifications of the client ordering them. While these may sometimes be manufactured using a combination of methods that include embossing, engraving and stamping, most of the components on these kinds of plates are usually printed on.
  • Promotional Plates - these are also crafted using a variety of printing methods that include digital printing, stonewear, silkscreening and photosensitizing. The method chosen by the customer for their promotional plates also has a bearing on how long these will last when exposed to the elements, where these are ideally used and the cost of manufacturing as well.
  • Warning and Instructional Plates – the information on these plates are vital to the safety of the persons using the machinery or equipment these are on, hence the need for a printing process that is durable and can last a long time even in the worst of weathers and situations. These plates need to withstand grease, grime, chemicals, abrasions and dents, so the best possible printing processes that should be used on these are those that are considered highly durable and rather impervious to these problems. Some of the choices include stonewear, photosensitizing and digital printing with protective overlay.