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Durable Metal Tags and Labels for Equipment

Exceptional Durability for Pre-Printed Data or On-Site Marking

MPC’s Metal Tags and Labels are the preferred choice for indoor and outdoor applications that require exceptional durability. We manufacture pre-printed metal labels and data plate blanks that are ideal for equipment tags and variable information labels because they meet many Department of Defense and aerospace specifications, as well as other industry standards for agriculture, construction, food service, manufacturing, marine, military, transportation, utilities, energy, and more.

Why Choose MPC's Metal Labels and Equipment ID Tags?

  • Exceptional resistance to weather, UV, extreme temperatures, chemicals, abrasion and corrosion.
  • Permanent readability for the life of your part, inventory or equipment with little maintenance required.
  • Can be fabricated using a large selection of graphic, die cutting, adhesive and mechanical attachment options to meet your most demanding application.
  • Provide years of durability.
  • Advanced MPC fabrication capabilities reduces your lead time and tooling charges while delivering labels and tags to your exact specifications.
We provide dependable, durable, printed metal labels and tags that will last the life of your parts, equipment or inventory delivered at a competitive price – that’s our guarantee. Contact us today for help with your application.

MPC Pre-Printed Metal Labels & Tags

MPC Metal Label & Tag Blanks

Custom Metal Tag and Printed Metal Equipment Label Choices Include:

Our most durable and popular material, the preferred choice for environments requiring extreme durability. Ideal for applications ranging from mild office environments to heavy industrial and military applications.

  • High-resolution graphics sealed beneath an impenetrable sapphire-hard anodic layer.
  • Superior resistance to chemicals, abrasion and solvents.
  • Built to withstand exterior exposure in the harsh environments such as extreme cold, heat and UV. Expected exterior life of 20+ years.
  • Most cost-effective for small to medium volumes. Also available as blank labels and data plates.

An ideal choice for use in the aircraft/aeronautical, automotive, marine and military industries, with an anodized surface with a virtually impenetrable protective finish that’s more durable than regular aluminum.

  • Well suited to applications requiring resistance to abrasion, corrosion, chemicals and solvents, as well as moderate outdoor durability.
  • Graphics are screen printed and sealed beneath the anodic layer. Black graphics offer the greatest durability, with expected exterior life up to 10 years. Color options have limited UV resistance.
  • Most economical in higher-volume applications. Also available as blank labels and data plates.

One label, unlimited uses. Perfect for asset destination or relocation, temporary storage or identification. Write information using a permanent marker or paint pen. Label wipes clean for re-use with isopropyl alcohol.

  • Permanent information has superior durability against UV, abrasion, chemicals and extreme temperatures.
  • Use permanent marker or paint pen to write and re-write for unlimited uses.
  • Wipes clean with isopropyl alcohol.

The most durable YAG/Fiber markable aluminum in the market for labels and tags.

  • Marks silver to provide high-contrast visibility.
  • The black background is imaged beneath a sapphire-hard anodic layer, providing an impenetrable barrier with superior resistance to chemicals, abrasion and solvents.
  • Will withstand exterior exposure in the harshest environments, including extreme cold, heat and UV.
  • Expected exterior life is 20+ years.

The most durable CO2 markable aluminum in the market for labels, tags and data plates.

  • Multi-level black coating provides resistance to abrasion, extreme temperatures and UV.
  • Marks silver to provide high-contrast visibility.
  • DuraBlack is available in .005” foil or .020” rigid thicknesses.
  • Expected exterior life is up to 10 years.

A popular choice for label and tag applications requiring a black or color canvas.

  • Mark on site using engraving, stamping, embossing or laser processes.
  • Label background 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.

An ideal choice for rich black graphics, AlumaMark is a CO2 laser markable aluminum available in a rainbow of colors and finishes.

  • Perfect for name badges, labels, trophy plates and more.
  • AlumaMark is available in .005” foil or .020” rigid thicknesses.
  • Not recommended for outdoor applications. A protective coating may be applied for increased durability.

Benefits of Metal Labels

Metal labels and tags are usually chosen for applications that require a strong and permanent labeling solution. They are preferred for outdoor environments and any application subject to harsh conditions could impact the integrity of the label. These are a few of the main benefits that metal labels have over other choices for tagging and labeling assets:
  • Durability. Metal labels are generally stronger than those made of plastic materials and have excellent resistance to most harsh conditions such as extreme temperatures, UV, and saltwater exposure. Metalphoto® anodized aluminum labels and tags, our most durable material, can withstand ocean, high altitude, and desert environments with an expected outdoor lifespan of over 20 years.
  • Return on Investment. Metal labels typically have exceptional shelf lives and don’t require frequent replacement. Aluminum is one of the most popular materials, and it’s also very affordable, especially in medium and high-volume applications. When comparing the useful life versus the cost for many applications, metal often provides the best overall value.
  • Quality. Metal is not only durable, but it also makes for an excellent substrate to use for high-resolution graphics. Businesses can customize the label surface with their choice of fonts, icons, and barcodes to create labels that integrate seamlessly into their asset tracking workflows. Metal tags can also be attached to any surface using mechanical means or a permanent, pressure-sensitive adhesive.

Common Use Cases for Metal Tags

You will find metal tags being used in many industries that utilize heavy equipment, such as the military, marine, aerospace, transportation, and construction industries, among others. Businesses and organizations in these industries make use of pre-printed, variable information, and blank and rewriteable tags to track their equipment inventory and meet regulatory specifications. Here’s a look at a few of the common use cases for metal tags and labels:
  • Transportation. Metal tags are widely used in the transportation industry for several applications, including VIN tags, manufacturing nameplates, safety data plates, and operating and maintenance instruction plates. Transportation is subject to harsh environmental factors such as UV exposure, abrasion, extreme temperatures, corrosion, and chemical exposure, requiring durable metal labels that can resist damage from these environmental conditions. Metalphoto® labels can support variable information, including unique serial numbers, barcodes, and QR codes that enable tracking of transportation assets for a variety of business purposes. MPC labels are trusted by transportation industry leaders, and we have the expertise to select the right material and attachment method for your application, ensuring that each label remains affixed and readable for the life of the asset.
  • Aerospace and Defense. The aerospace and defense industries must comply with rigorous regulatory standards to ensure asset and equipment identification and keep equipment safe and operating nearly continuously under difficult conditions. Leading companies, from manufacturers to end users, have chosen Metalphoto as the leading material for their labels that must conform to industry specifications. The use of these durable metal tags in aerospace and defense applications has been proven to achieve the desired level of durability and reliability for permanent asset identification and tracking in a study conducted by the U.S. Navy.
  • Marine. The wind, salt, and water exposure prevalent for assets during ocean travel can cause damage to even the strongest ships and vessels. Metal ID tags and labels that have an anodized surface layer, such as Metalphoto or anodized aluminum, are a popular choice in marine applications due to this protective finish. Many marine labels and tags contain important safety, identification, and operational warnings that must remain legible under all conditions.
  • Industrial & Chemical. Metal labels and tags are a critical component of asset tracking and inventory control systems in factories and warehouses. This is particularly true for operations that process or fabricate components in high heat conditions or using harsh chemicals. In some situations, metal tags are selected as a permanent marking solution for equipment. Other applications call for the use of blank metal labels that can be marked in the facility and used to process work-in-progress or finished goods.

No minimum quantity. Get a quote for any size job.

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.

No minimum quantity. Get a quote for any size job.

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.

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