Why Choose Metal Nameplates for Your Tagging Needs

BY Rowena Taylor

Metal Nameplates - Material OptionsWhen you need to tag products or items that you have, you will find yourself with numerous options to choose from. Included in the choices you have to make are the printing methods to be used on the tags you will need and the materials that will be used in the creation of such tags. One of the best materials you might want to consider is metal, and we will explain to you why metal nameplates are an ideal choice for your labeling or tagging needs.

Metal is very durable – if you are looking for a tag material that is tough and can withstand almost anything, then look no further. Metal is what you need. Metal tags can endure almost anything thrown at it – from dirt to grime to chemicals to adverse weather conditions. Metal nameplates can survive all these, and with the right kind of printing method, can have copy that will also last years.

Metal is versatile – you can shape metal tags any which way you want, can have them in any size, and can have these marked in any method you deem necessary. This is how versatile metal tags can be. This is also why these can be used for a huge number of applications, not just for the tagging and labeling of heavy duty items like appliances, engines, machinery and power tools, as some people think. This versatility allows such tags to be used in more ways that you might have once thought possible.

Metal comes in many variants – for tagging needs, you can choose from a wide variety of metal options that manufacturers offer. Almost all of the choices you have are tarnish and rust proof, making these ideal for numerous applications. Some of the most popular metals used for the creation of nametags and nameplates include stainless steel, aluminum, bronze and brass. The former two are often used when people want their plates to have a silvery sheen to them, and the latter two are chosen when a golden or reddish gold tinge is required.

Metal comes in varying thicknesses – while some people may believe that metal tags are only great for use on tractors, engines, appliances and the like due to its thickness and rigidity, what these individuals may not know is that metals can actually be rolled to a very thin plate or sheet. These thin plates or sheets can then be cut to suit whatever tagging needs you have. Some people even use these to create business cards with (and you know how thin business cards can be), making these rather indestructible cards to hand out.

Metal can be marked in many different ways – there are some printing methods that are great on paper, some great on cardboard, and quite a few that you can only use on metal. Etching is one such marking method that can be used only on metal and on glass, and this you can use for the creation of your metal nameplates. Embossing, engraving, digital printing, photosensitizing (for anodized aluminum), and stonewear process are also other marking methods that can be used on metals and in the creation of metal nameplates for varying needs.

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