The Many Uses of Photosensitive Plates

BY Rowena Taylor

Photosensitive Plates

One of the many marking mediums that you can choose from when it comes to your metal nameplates is photosensitizing. This produces what is called photosensitive plates, or sometimes called metalphoto plates, which are also called photosensitive anodized aluminum. These are often chosen by numerous entities for their durability and versatility, as well as for their resistance to high heat, chemicals and UV light.

Metals that are marked with this particular marking medium are also great for applications where exposure to various weather conditions is a given. This is because these are also resistant to weathering that is often brought about by being exposed to rain, snow, sunlight, and other outdoor conditions. Since these are made out of aluminum, which is a very abundant and highly resilient type of metal that is tarnish and rust proof, these are also rather cost effective.

These metal nameplates can be made using different thicknesses of aluminum, with the thicker aluminum usually being chosen for industrial and rough condition uses. The thinnest aluminum you can use for this particular marking method is .003 inches, and the thickest is .125”. These can come in either a satin finish or a matte finish, with the non-glare finish being ideal for the creation of barcode and UID plates, and the satin or glossy finished ones being great for more decorative uses.

To show you how versatile photosensitive plates can be, here are some examples of applications where these are ideally used:

Barcode and UID tags – these are tags that carry barcodes on them which are machine readable, and are used for inventory and tracking purposes by numerous companies. These tags are used in place of plastic or paper asset and inventory tags when the items these are to go on are exposed to rather harsh and tough environments. Items like boilers, machinery, heavy equipment and tools may carry such tags made out of anodized aluminum since these tags can survive the wear and tear that these items are expected to go through.

Schematics and Diagrams – schematics that need to be placed on equipment that are exposed to rather harsh conditions can also be made using this particular metal nameplate. These schematics and diagrams are needed for a number of reasons, like for troubleshooting purposes or for proper operation of the equipment these are on. Since photosensitive plates are not only durable because of the metal being used for it but also because of the printing method that can actually last years without deteriorating, the use of such plates for this particular purpose is indeed ideal.

Commemorative Plaques and Plates – since photosensitizing allows you to add intricate images and details to anodized aluminum plates, these are sometimes used for the creation of commemorative plates that carry the image of someone important or significant to a company. These plates are then mounted on stone slabs, marble slabs, or wooden frames and displayed for everyone to see. To inform people of who the person is, these plates can also carry detailed information about the image on it, which may include their contribution to the company or establishment.

These are just a few of the many uses that you can get out of photosensitive plates. Since these plates can be printed with rather intricate and precise designs, you can easily see these being used for signs, awards and plaques of recognition, panel fronts, and many more. These are also rather easy to maintain and can last for a very long time, making it a very cost effective choice for your various metal nameplate needs.

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