MPC’s Metalphoto Front Panels are our most durable and popular solution for front panels. Graphics are sealed beneath a sapphire-hard anodic layer, creating an impenetrable surface that is resistant to extreme temperatures, humidity, UV, salt spray, abrasion, industrial solvents, chemicals and more. Our Metalphoto aluminum front panels function perfectly for years, maintaining their original appearance under even the harshest conditions.
Metalphoto is the specified material for many military standards and aerospace applications. The National Association of Graphic and Product Identification Manufacturers (GPI) Industry Standards and Practices Manual identifies Metalphoto photosensitive anodized aluminum as the most durable printed aluminum substrate available, citing its applicability for extreme environmental conditions and outdoor exposure.
Metalphoto aluminum front panels are available with a one-part or two-part panel construction. A one-part panel construction uses only one thick sheet of Metalphoto containing graphic elements and is fabricated to your panel design using one or more processes in our machine and print shops. A two-part panel construction is engineered from a thin sheet of Metalphoto with graphic elements, which is then affixed to an identically fabricated thicker supporting aluminum or stainless steel back panel.
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:
Request a free Metalphoto evaluation kit today and we will send you a sample kit to test our durable identification products in your own operating environment.
Looking for other material options? MPC has the fabrication capabilities to custom build your nameplates out of many standard materials, including aluminum, anodized aluminum, stainless steel, brass, polyester, polycarbonate, and vinyl. Not sure which material is best for your application? Contact our expert sales engineers now and we’ll help you build the perfect nameplate for your project.
Read how in a survivability study conducted by the US Navy, Metalphoto outperformed the other 72 materials evalutated across 38 simulated environment durablity tests.
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 understands military specifications which is important to us. They produce a quality product in a timely manner.
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.