Nameplates

The Choice for Identifiers and Information

Nameplates are typically made of aluminum, when rigidity is required.  They can either be screen printed on aluminum or made with the Metalphoto® process.  The Metalphoto® process yields a durable silver and black image where screen printing can yield a larger selection of Pantone colors.  Click here to learn more about MetalPhoto®.

Nameplate Printing Choices

Digital Printing

Digital printing is becoming more popular for creating graphics, and for good reasons.  Our digital printers have a large format to accommodate oversized graphics.  A resolution up to 1,200 DPI provides fine details and superior gradients.  Graphics can be printed directly from your electronic file.  Minimal tooling and set up means it is perfect for prototypes and short runs.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is the most popular method of printing.  We computer-match our UV curable inks to guarantee an exact color reproduction.  These inks are used with high tension polyester screens to print features as small as .005” across. This is a scale suitable for halftones.  Our screening process is also suitable for the ever important circuitry, and parts that require selective texturing, which creates the illusion of separate window lenses with a flush, sealed construction.

MetalPhoto®

Metalphoto® is photosensitive, anodized aluminum used to make durable, high-resolution nameplates, labels, and control panels. Metalphoto’s durability comes from its image – which is sealed inside of the anodized aluminum, providing corrosion, sunlight, abrasion, temperature and chemical resistance.  Its unique, photographic imaging process creates ultra-high resolution graphics and variable information – including machine-readable barcodes, anti-counterfeit security features and serialized data.  Since its development in 1950, Metalphoto® has been trusted by leading OEMs, military and government organizations for nameplate, label and control panel applications where permanence, resolution, variable data or a combination of those characteristics is required.

Nameplate Rigid Layer Customizations

Machining

We have 1,000’s of punches and endmills including all the standard shapes, rounds, connectors, and stock switch sizes, among others.  We can machine gauges ranging from .020” to .500” on the X, Y, and Z axes with 40 different tools in a single program all capable of a .005” tolerance.  These state-of-the-art CNC machining centers allow extremely fast cutting speeds up to 150 inches/minute on .125” aluminum.

Bending

We are capable of making simple and complex bends for your panel design.  Our fully electric CNC press brake equipment can precisely add flanges, returns, panel stiffeners and brackets to your design.

Color Anodizing

Precision Graphics finishes aluminum panels with zinc plating and chromate conversion per MIL-C-5541B.  We provide complete anodizing which includes clear, black, and even color anodizing.  For features like grounds, masked areas are also an option.

Hardware Insertion

If your panels require any hardware, we can install it.  We carry an extensive array of nuts, screws, studs, pins, rivets, and standoffs in imperial and metric by the brands, PEM, Southco, and Captive Fastener.  This hardware comes in your choice of stainless, zinc plated, and nylon.  We always have the ability to assemble complete panels and brackets in conjunction with metal fabrication.  Typically, our use of solid rivets allows for more accurate assembly than welding.  Technical parts with unique bends and angles are properly accommodated by the wide clearance of our equipment.  Both short and long runs are practical with our streamlined and automatic tooling setup.

Edge Painting

If desired, we can paint exposed areas of your front panels with two different industrial grade paint systems.  The colors of which match any Pantone/PMS and RAL specifications.  The first is powder coating and the second is a more conventional wet spray paint.  It is a catalyzed acrylic-urethane based paint that precisely mixes 16 base colors for an accurate color match.  Often, a matching or contrasting paint enhances the appearance of the front graphic layer.

Assembly

On-site assembly ensures the overlay, circuitry, and sub panel layers align properly.  The strongest bond between these layers is normally accomplished by using a pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive (PSA) in combination with a high pressure flat bed roller application.  Here is where all the layers join and edge-flush construction is realized.  The assembly department works closely with the others by its very nature, so if there are concerns for how a panel assembles, our team will make sure they are resolved.

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