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Uniquely durable identification options for energy resource applications.

Durable Identification for Oil, Natural Gas, Mining, and Utility Assets & Equipment

Energy resources are extracted in some of the most extreme environments on earth. Mining, hydraulic fracturing, hydro-electric and oil drilling operations take a heavy toll on equipment labels and nameplates. Abrasion, hydraulic fluids, sunlight exposure and corrosion threaten the readability of identification items, which can impede safe operation, cost companies downtime, and lead to regulatory fines.

MPC’s Metalphoto® photosensitive anodized aluminum has been the material of choice for durable equipment identification in the harshest operating environments for more than 50 years.  Specified by National Oilwell Varco, Seatrax, and the U.S. Navy, Metalphoto is used for these applications:

  • approval plates
  • load charts
  • control panel faceplates
  • equipment schematics/diagrams
  • barcode and maintenance labels

Metalphoto can meet several energy-specific specifications, including:

  • OSHA 1910.145
  • ANSI Z535.4
  • ISO 3864
  • National Electric Code (NEC) Article 690
  • OSHA 1910.145

Find The Ideal Identification Products For Your Application

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.

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Create Your Own Nameplate, Data Plate, Label, or Front Panel Design Online

The MPC Nameplate Designer is an online tool that you can use to easily create a design for any piece of identification, including nameplates, data plates, warning labels, asset tracking labels, control panel faceplates, overlays and signs.  Load a starting template and edit the elements to your specifications, or start from scratch and build your design.  Using this designer, you can set the dimensions, material, and add adhesive backing to your identification piece, and then add holes, cutouts, text, serial numbers, bar codes or QR codes, shapes, and even images and photos to your design.  Once the design is complete, you can save a PDF print of the design to download and share.

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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 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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Request a Nameplate, Front Panel, Label & Tag Evaluation Kit

Request a free evaluation kit today and we will send you a sample kit to test our durable identification products in your own operating environment.

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When Durability, Cost and Lead Time Are Crucial, Etched & Filled Stainess Steel Does Not Perform

See why Seatrax, a leading offshore crane manufacturer, chose Metalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum for extreme durability and fast turnaround on permanent labels and markings.

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20 Years with No Problems

LeBlond Ltd. has been using Metalphoto of Cincinnati for at least 20 years with no problems. I never worry about the quality of product. We always receive competitive pricing and on-time delivery.

Ken Smith
LeBlond Ltd.

Made To Specs and Made To Last

We never have to reject or return items any of the nameplates we have ordered from MPC. The nameplates are made to specs and made to last.

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Create The Ideal Solution For Your Product Identification Needs

If you’re having trouble finding the ideal identification solution for your project or application, build it with Metalphoto of Cincinnati. Talk with our experienced sales engineers today.

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