Aluminum is lightweight and provides good corrosion resistance. It is easily machined and formed because it is softer than anodized aluminum. Its familiar silvery-white color offers great contrast and readability with nearly any color, making it a popular choice for many nameplate, sign, panel and bezel applications.
Although aluminum is a durable material, you should avoid choosing colored parts for exterior, direct sunlight applications because colors will fade over a period of time. If your application requires the ability to withstand direct sunlight, Metalphoto anodized aluminum, with an outdoor durability rating of over 20 years without fading, would be a better option.
Metalphoto of Cincinnati offers nameplates in a variety of standard material options, including our proprietary Metalphoto® substrate. Metalphoto is photosensitive anodized aluminum, which features a silver and black photographic image that is embedded within the sapphire-hard anodic layer of the aluminum. This combination gives a Metalphoto part an outdoor life of over 20 years, and makes it extremely resistant to damage or degradation from environmental factors like abrasion, UV fading, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and corrosion from saltwater exposure. The National Association of Graphic and Product Identification Manufacturers (GPI) Industry Standards and Practices Manual identifies Metalphoto as the most durable printed aluminum substrate available, and it has been trusted by industry, government and military organizations like Caterpillar, The US Navy, NASA, and Boeing for over 50 years. Metalphoto offers many unique features including:
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We had a custom order and frankly I expected long delays. As it turned out – the only delays were on my end, and they had lightning fast turnaround with every change and edit (and we had more than a few) that we made. The plaque got to us faster than I ever imagined, and it was EXACTLY what we wanted in size and look. Literally perfect.
We have done business with them for almost ten years now. Their production quality is excellent, and they have constantly striven to improve their services and customer confidence over the years. Our company relies on them, and I have always recommended them to other manufacturers.