Uniquely Durable Identification For Defense Applications, Trusted for Over 50 Years
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.
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Explore our wide range of durable identification products, custom designed for your project, application or organization. Our product development team is on standby to design and build your perfect identification solution.
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 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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IUID Environmental Survivability Testing Report Synopsis
Read how in a survivability study conducted by the US Navy, Metalphoto outperformed the other 72 materials evalutated across 38 simulated environment durablity tests.
Metalphoto Industry Specifications & Studies
BF Goodrich Aerospace
Data Systems Division
Boeing Commercial Aircraft Company
Boeing Process Specification BAC5875
Fabrication of Aluminum Markers, Instrument Panels, Drawer Front Panels and Fabrication of Metal and Plastic Appliques
Satellite Systems Operations
Metalphoto approved for use on Space Station
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
Stephen Gray & Fernando Ramos – Boeing
Metalphoto UL & CSA Specifications & Studies
Canadian Standard Association (CSA)
File 111331, Class 792
Marking and Labeling Systems PGDQ2
Marking and Labeling System Material Component PGGU2.MH26206
Metalphoto 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
No Minimum Quantity, Get A Quote for Any Size Job
We have no minimum piece requirement. Our minimum production run is $400 per part number, excluding set-up fees/tooling. Contact us regarding your project.
Metalphoto Of Cincinnati Is Outstanding
Quality is excellent, lead times are reasonable and pricing is competitive. Metalphoto of Cincinnati is outstanding at supplying our metal nameplates and labels, as well as addressing our needs and expectations as good as, if not better than, any of the other suppliers. MPC works well with helping us meet the demands of our customers.
Understands Military Specifications
Metalphoto understands military specifications which is important to us. They produce a quality product in a timely manner.
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