Why Choose Metal Plates for Your Schematics

SchematicsIn the creation of schematics, there are a few materials that are considered. These include wood, plastics, glass, and metals because these can be engraved or, in the case of metals, etched. The most commonly used ones are plastics and metals, and this is because one is cheaper and the other is more durable. Which material should you choose to use when you are thinking of having schematic plates manufactured?

When you need these plates to be made, you have to ask yourself a few questions. For starters, you need to consider what these plates will be exposed to. Will these be exposed to a variety of chemicals? How about extreme cold and high heat? Will these plates be exposed to changing weather conditions, or will these be touched by individuals when used?

When it comes to heat and cold exposure, your best option is metal. Metal plates can withstand these temperature changes, and can survive these admirably. Of course, you need to choose metals that have a high melting point, and for this, a few types of stainless steel is your best bet.

When it comes to chemical exposure, metal plates are also your best bet. This is because metals can withstand a long list of chemicals, depending on the kind of metal you have as well as the kind of chemical these will be exposed to. If the chemicals are corrosive to all metal types, it might be a good idea to find a plastic material that is resistant to such a chemical.

As for exposure to changing weather, corrosion and rust resistant metals are your best bet. Stainless steel, thick aluminum, and bronze can survive long hours in the hot sun and in the rain as well. Plastics will warp and crack with long exposures to the UV rays of the sun and will dull or fade when exposed to changing weather.

All in all, metal plates are your best choice for schematics, since these can survive a long list of conditions that some other materials cannot. While plastic does come in a close second, and can oftentimes be considered the cheaper alternative, if these do not last long, you will find yourself spending more in the long run.

You should also consider metals due to the mounting methods that are ideal with these. Some of the more durable mounting methods that do not crack or damage metal plates include riveting, and screws. Some plastics will crack when riveted and not all plastics can last with screws since these may heat up with exposure to certain elements, causing the plastic to melt.

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