Metalphoto®/Photosensitive Aluminum


Metalphoto® is the process of choice used around the world for label and name plate product marking applications that must stand up to harsh environments, and are especially durable under exposure to chemicals and challenging elements.  Metalphoto® applications from Drake are designed to maintain appearance, longevity, legibility and functionality of information under the most demanding environments and uses.  Drake Metalphoto® applications are available in thicknesses of .003″ to .063″ and can be die cut to customer design. Finishes include natural brushed aluminum and satin Sunfast Gold.  Variable data such as serial and barcode information is easily supported, as can rivet or adhesive attachment to your product/equipment.

Available colors for Metalphoto® labels and name plates are Gold, Silver, Blue, Brown, Magenta, Purple, Red, and Yellow.

Physical properties for Metalphoto® labels, plates & tags
Suitable for Compound Curved Surfaces No
Suitable for Flat and Curved Surfaces Flat Surfaces
High Temperature Resistance (750˚F-1000˚F) Yes
Dimensional Stability Yes
Water Resistance Excellent
UV Resistance (using UV resistant ink) Excellent
Chemical and Solvent Resistance** Excellent
Abrasion Resistance (Taser Abraser w/CS17 wheel gm. load, 7000 cycles) Yes
Production information for Metalphoto® labels, plates & tags
Available thickness .003″ to .032″
Processes MetalPhoto®
Die cut to customer design (waste material removed)
Printing colors Black, Red, Yellow
Interior cutout size and shape Any
Exterior shape Any
Clear windows size and shape N/A
Stamp on surface Yes (.020 or above)
Serial and variable data** Yes
Barcodes** Yes
Meets military standards Mil-P-15024D & Mil-P-19834B, types I & II
UL PGDQ2 Component – marking and labeling systems file# (MH 14125 R)
Product attachment options for Metalphoto® labels, plates & tags
Rivet Yes (holes drilled)
Pressure sensitive Acrylic HSE (DI 907) 2 mil
Pressure sensitive Acrylic LSE (DI 908) 3.5 mil
Pressure sensitive acrylic HSE (DI 901) 5 mil
Other adhesives available


Teflon®coated Metalphoto® Tags and Plates combine the high temperature/UV resistance, dimensional stability, and light weight of aluminum with the non-reactive, non-stick characteristics of Teflon®. The additional layer of Teflon® increases the tag’s resistance to harsh chemicals containing acids and bases.

Aluminum-Tag-Teflon-Barcode-Rivet-Drake-Labels-300x181Use these general guidelines below to achieve the desired visual effect and durability for your label. 




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