Things To Consider When Customizing Identification Plates

Identification PlatesIdentification plates are used by a wide range of industries to label or provide information about the product or equipment it is adhered to. Information found on these plates varies from one company to another. Most of the time, these plates need to be customized to suit companies’ unique specifications and needs.

How would you integrate customization into your identification plates? This question may seem trivial but it does pose a challenge to anyone who is intending to create custom plates. Customizing is rather an easy process, if you understand each component that your plates need. To help you, here are some of the things that you need to consider:

Material – Identification plates are available in aluminum, stainless steel, brass and anodized aluminum options. Your material choice should fit the working conditions that the plates will be exposed to. Each type of material has its own innate property that is ideal to certain conditions. For example, anodized aluminum (which is also called Metalphoto) is considered the most durable metal for plates and is ideal for labelling needs that warrant resistance to extreme conditions. Aluminum, on the other hand, is lightweight and corrosion resistant. It can meet both durability and cost requirements. Aluminum plates are relatively cheaper when compared to other materials due to its abundance.

Size and Shape – Size and shape matter when customizing plates. What are the dimensions of the product or equipment it will be attached to? How much information or text will be included on the plate? These two questions can help you when deciding on the ideal size and shape of your tags. It is also important to remember that the size and shape that you will choose should adhere perfectly to the product or equipment.

Marking Method – The marking method you select is not only important in ensuring crisp and clear texts or images, but it will also impact how long these will be readable. For example, digital printing on metals can last up to 7.5 years, while screen printing and etching or metalphoto, can last for as long as 12 to 13 years and 30 years, respectively.

Adhesive and mounting – What mode of adhesion will your plates use in order to adhere properly to the product or equipment these are to be used on? This is another consideration when customizing your identification plates. The ideal adhesion method depends on a number of factors such as the material of the plate, the surface it will be attached to, and its purpose. Available mounting methods include mechanical, welding, and adhesive. The most common and cost-effective method used for such tags is mechanical attachment, which uses screws and rivets. Adhesive however is the quickest method, while welding is ideal for heavy-duty requirements.

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