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Anodized Aluminum

A laser markable choice with superior abrasion resistance.
Anodized Aluminum Tags and Labels

Anodized Aluminum is an excellent material as a product identification substrate and is used in many nameplate, sign, control panel, overlays and bezel applications. It will maintain a quality appearance under a broad variety of challenging environments.

Anodizing is the controlled oxidation of aluminum using an electro-chemical process creating a porous surface, called the anodic layer. To add color in this layer, the material is coated with a dye over the entire sheet or selectively dyed using a stencil, digital imaging or screen printing process. The material is sealed and the dye becomes an integrated part of the aluminum. The final surface is chemical and abrasion resistant and that will last many years in harsh environments.


Material Characteristics

.003″, .005″, .008″, .012″, .020″, .032″, .063″, .090″, .125″
Matte – non-reflective with flat finish Satin – lustrous semi-reflective finish Brushed – resembles a stainless steel finish Gloss – highly reflective, mirror-like
Permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive and/or holes for mechanical attachment.
Silver graphics on black background.
Color options available. Note: Black possesses the greatest durability. Other colors have limited UV resistance. Not recommended for long-term outdoor use.
Standard Sizes:
Standard and custom sizes up to 20" x 24" available.
15 working days from receipt of order and approval of artwork. Expedited shipment is available for an additional charge. Foil thickness requires 15-20 working days.

Why Choose Anodized Aluminum for Tags or Labels?

Provides superior resistance to abrasion, chemicals, solvents, and extreme temperatures.
A more cost-effective alternative to AlumaMark BlackPLUS in select applications.
Offers excellent resistance to abrasion, corrosion, chemicals and solvents. Black backgrounds possess the greatest durability. Color options have limited UV resistance.
Expected exterior life up to 10 years.

Anodized Aluminum Tags and Label Blanks

MPC’s Anodized Aluminum tags and label blanks are an ideal choice for on-site marking using YAG or fiber lasers, or engraving processes. Our anodized aluminum blank labels provide exceptional resistance to weather, abrasion, corrosion, chemicals and solvents. Backgrounds are available in black or a variety of colors and are sealed beneath a durable anodic layer. MPC’s anodized aluminum blank labels and tags are available in foil and rigid thicknesses:

  • Foil Anodized Aluminum blank labels are available in .003″, .005″ and .008″ thicknesses.
  • Rigid Anodized Aluminum blank labels are available in .012″ to .125″ thicknesses.
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Specialized Material Options for Your Application

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 for Anodized Aluminum Tags including:

  • Lasts over 20 years outdoors without fading or degradation.
  • Uniquely resistant to damage or degradation from environmental factors like abrasion, UV fading, harsh chemicals, extreme temperatures, and corrosion from saltwater exposure.
  • Exceptional image resolution that allows for photo image, security and microprint options.
  • Ability to support unique information, including a unique barcode or QR code and letter/number combination on every piece.
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