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New!! Teflon® Coated Metalphoto® Tags and Plates

March 30th, 2013 by

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Teflon® coated Photosensitive Aluminum Tags and Plates combine the high temperature/UV resistance and dimensional stability of aluminum with the non-reactive, non-stick characteristics of Teflon®.

Text, logos, and symbols are sealed into Photosensitive Aluminum then fused with a coating of Teflon®. The additional layer of Teflon® increases the tag’s resistance to harsh chemicals containing acids and bases.

Metalphoto® Tags with Teflon® are available with rivet holes for mechanical attachment, pressure sensitive acrylic adhesive or with both adhesive and rivet holes. Available in thicknesses of .003″, .005″, .008″, .012”, .020”, 0.32” and .063”. (Note: Rivet holes are not recommended for thicknesses <020”.) LSE (low surface energy) and HSE (high surface energy) adhesives are available.

Teflon® coated Metalphoto® Tags and Dataplates are custom die cut to customer specifications. Standard and rush production times on prototypes as well as low- and mid-volume orders.

Tough Warning Labels

March 26th, 2013 by
Oil & Gas warning label

Oil & Gas warning label

Oil and gas fields are tough environments and they require labels, tags, plates and overlays that can withstand the harshest of conditions while maintaining functionality and legibiliy.

Some of the chemicals that these products should endure are:

Rig soap
Caustic soda/Sodium hydroxide
Sulfuric acid
Diesel fuel

This red warning label is manufactered from polycarbonate with acrylic pressure sensitive adhesive. <

Stainless Steel and Aluminum for Oil/Gas

March 7th, 2013 by

An alternative to stainless steel is photosensitive aluminum for tags and plates that will be exposed to harsh weather, chemicals, dirt, and grime . The Metalphoto® process seals text, logos, and symbols into aluminum. It works very much like photographic paper – the images become a part of the aluminum, they are not printed on top of or added to the aluminum.
The benefits of this are countless. Text will never be scraped or scratched off of a tag. A photosensitive aluminum plate will never corrode or rust. And compared to stainless steel aluminum is nearly weightless.

For many years stainless steel has been the material of choice for the tags and plates used in oil/gas. Stainless steel is strong, heat resistant, and corrosion resistant. Applications for etched and screened stainless steel range from asset tags, bar code tags, serial tags, scales, and schematic plates. It is a durable material that consistently proves reliable in harsh conditions. Ceramic coatings can be bonded onto stainless steel to increase the metals durability. (See “Ceramic Coated Stainlees Steel Barcode Tags” April 1.2013)
Stainless steel has drawbacks, however. It is heavy and because of that it isn’t the best material choice for gas powered vehicles, avionics, or water craft.

Stainless Steel Tag with Rivet holes

Stainless Steel Tag with Rivet holes

Consider however that over the course of time images and text can disappear from stainless steel. Marking stainless steel involves silk screening with ink or etching into the stainless steel surface. Ink can be gouged or scraped off. Etching removes part of the surface of the tag and therefore exposes it to chemicals and the dirt and grime of the oil and gas fields. An etched tag or plate tag is more likely to corrode and rust when the protective surface layer is removed by etching.

Metalphoto®  Aluminum Naval UID Plate with Adhesive Backing

Metalphoto® Aluminum Naval UID Plate with Adhesive Backing

When considering product marking applications that must stand up to harsh environments and are especially durable under exposure to chemicals and challenging elements consider Metalphoto® aluminum plates and tags. Its strengths include that it is corrosion resistant, incredibly light wieght, and that text will never fade or scratch off. Prices are comparable to stainless steel and the longevity of the tag or plate increases exponentially as does the reliability of the information it carries.