identification applications for defense - barcode labels, schematics and nameplates

Few applications require the performance demands of the United States Armed Forces. Further, with MIL-STD-130, labeling and tracking military property has become mandatory.

MPC’s Metalphoto® photosensitive anodized aluminum is the go-to material for durable, permanent identification of assets used by the military since 1960. Starting with specification by the U.S. Navy, Metalphoto has since been used for the labeling of thousands of equipment components for Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Boeing, Bell, Sikorsky, General Dynamics, and many others.

With superior resistance against abrasion, extreme temperatures, sunlight degradation, corrosion and chemical exposure, Metalphoto has proven outdoor durability of more than 20 years. Metalphoto’s durability comes from its photographic image that is sealed beneath a sapphire-hard anodic layer.


Metalphoto is specified as follows:

Industry Specifications & Studies

> BF Goodrich Aerospace
Data Systems Division
Specification SMT0022

> Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company
Boeing Process Specification BAC5875
Fabrication of Aluminum Markers, Instrument Panels, Drawer Front Panels and Fabrication of Metal and Plastic Appliques

> Honeywell, Inc.
Satellite Systems Operations
Metalphoto approved for use on Space Station
Memorandum A3-J024-M-9501786
Laboratory Case 161311

> Norwegian Marine Technology
Research Institute (Marintek)
Corrosion test of anodized aluminum plates

> SAE Technical Paper Series 2000-01-2437
Special requirements for Crew Interface Labels on the International
Space Station
Stephen Gray & Fernando Ramos – Boeing


> Canadian Standard Association (CSA)
File 111331, Class 7921

> Underwriter Laboratories
Marking and Labeling Systems PGDQ2
Marking and Labeling System Material Component PGGU2.MH26206

U.S. Government Specifications & Studies

> Department of Defense
Commercial Item Description
A-A-50271 Class 2- Composition C

> Department of Navy
Laboratory evaluation of label plate materials and attachment methods considered for use on LPD-17
CARDIVNSWC-TR-62-00-05 June 2000

> NASA, Johnson Space Center Texas
Space Station Inventory Label Specification – SSP 50007

> United State Federal Government
Federal Specification GGP-455B(3)
Type I (Grade A&B) Class 1 or 2

For a full list of Metalphoto specification and for more information please visit the official Metalphoto page.

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