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Sports Club Memorial plaques

Peter Vasic - Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Sporting Clubs looking to find a way to honour their  past players, members and volunteers, can take advantage of the variety of themed sports memorial concepts we can provide. We offer, Memorial Plaques, Photo Memorial Plaques, Photo Walls, Themed historical murals, Photo wall montages and honour boards.


Whether you are on the look out for a significant memorial for a club great or a themed concept around Premiership teams we can provide fantastic and lasting commemorative installations for your sporting club.




Engraving Services Co has many years of involvement with Sporting clubs, the SANFL, SAAFL clubs and other sporting teams and associations through out Australia. whether it is a complete Team of the Century Style painting and associated prints or a historical collection of cast Bronze or Faux Cast Brass plaques to a themed Memorial Ceramic Tiled Photo Wall, we can provide a beautiful and sophisticated stand out concept for your sporting club.

  • Australian Rules Football
  • Soccer ( Association Football )
  • Rugby Union
  • Rugby League
  • Basketball
  • Netball
  • Softball
  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Motor Sports
In fact and sport from Bowls to Badminton that requires a classic Plaque or Themed Historical wall can take advantage of our spectacular products and services.



Printed acrylic memorial plaques, with photos, Brass plaques, Cast Bronze Plaques, Printed tiles, singles or Photo mural walls.


We also offer small memorial plaques for benches and other installations in and around clubs that are of special meaning.

Simply make an inquiry with your idea or concept in mind and we will contact you to discuss your possibilities.
http://www.engravingservices.com.au/QuoteRequest



Acrylic Photo imaged exterior or interior Memorial Plaques to those that have given exceptional service to your club or organization.






Super tough Labels

Peter Vasic - Monday, September 04, 2017

Creating Durable lifelong labels for industrial and commercial applications comes down to being able to provide the best solution for the longest period.

At Engraving Services Co our DNA is infused with decades of manufacturing Industrial labels, for a range of intense requirements.


Performance of industrial labels is a major concern for industries involved in Mining, Oil and Gas, Engineering, Aviation, Aerospace, Defence & Electrical.

Manufacturing durability is what we do.

Think exterior high U.V. wet and tropical applications, aggressive chemical, solvent environments or Marine locations.

There is a label with a purpose and a purpose with every label. Whether it be our durable self adhesive laminated labels or aluminium rating plates, through to our chemically milled 316 Marine Grade Stainless Steel.


Our Industrial labels and plates are manufactured to rigorous tolerances and fastidious standards to ensure, workers and public safety is ensured via clear concise information.

We have put years of development into our production systems and have our own external testing facility to ensure our labels meet the needs of our clients.Labels may include warning labels, asset identification labels, outdoor barcodes, and a myriad of others. You see these labels every day, hard at work and looking great.

When you see high voltage danger signs, labels on industrial machinery or are relying on Australia’s defence forces to take aim and fire, you can rest assured Engraving Services Co are constantly resourced to supply highly durable warning labels, signs and nameplates.
No matter how un-favourable the environment the durability and longevity of our systems are relied upon. We supply all facets of specification in regard to the variety of labels we manufacture, adhering to MIL-SPEC requirements with substrates and adhesive products.


Industries that should seriously consider using our super durable labels for extreme environments include:

  • Oil and Gas operators
  • Fuel Depots
  • Defence manufacturers
  • Ship and boat builders
  • Mining suppliers and mine sites
  • Warehouses
  • Electrical,Air conditioning and Heating Contractors
  • Automotive
  • Aviation and Aerospace operators
  • Schools, Colleges and Universities

Each environment poses its own set of destructive circumstances; therefore it is imperative you consider the end use of the label required and the life cycle you require it to provide.


Exterior labels and Signs are subject to UV attack which is aggressive in Australia’s conditions including rain, hail and abrasive sand storms in our outback. You can place total confidence in our production systems and manufacturing capabilities. Our Sales people are well trained and can advise you about the various products we have and the protective systems we utilize to give advanced life in our exterior label and sign products. Our overcoat systems are designed to allow your plates, labels and signs the maximum chance to keep conveying the original message.

OH&S laws demand high quality and durability, the safety of your workers, public and service people is in your hands, so to ensure you continue to provide the most durable labels contact our team to assist you with the best options.


Call us on 1300 327 898 or email; engrave@engravingservices.com.au.Visit www.engravingservices.com.au to browse our product range. The options we provide are pretty impressive and we are happy to help.

What are Engraving Plastics

Peter Vasic - Tuesday, August 22, 2017


What are engraving plastics ? 



There are thousands of types of plastic made today with different chemical and physical properties.  Engraving plastics have two main characteristics. The first is that they are formulated to be easily engraved or personalized. That generally means they cut cleanly and don’t melt or chip, and they don’t present a hazard to either human health or to your equipment. 
The second characteristic is most materials are constructed with a multi-layer composition with the layers having different contrasting colours. This allows you to get a range of surface colours contrasting against a myriad of core colours.


Some plastics, e.g. traditional acrylic materials, have excellent engraving properties for both laser and rotary engraving, but for many jobs requiring colour or colour density in the graphics, colour paint filling is the best way  to get the colours required.


For many years plastics were pretty much limited to phenolic, clear acrylic and conventional “laminated” plastic engraving stock in two or three thicknesses and in a few colours and wood grains. Laminated flexible engraving stock was manufactured using a heat fusion process which produced a relatively thick “cap layer.” 
   In recent years, there has been a virtual explosion in the types of plastic available, in addition to an incredible selection of colours, patterns, finishes, gauges, etc. Acrylic, for instance, is available  in many colours and thicknesses. Plastics are now available that resemble, stone marble granite or metal, combining the look of the real thing with the ease of engraving plastic. Microsurface plastic engraving stocks, with an exceptionally thin cap layer of about 0.08mm, are available which allow you to engrave amazingly detailed designs. Reverse engravable substrates are available for projects like subsurface and backlit signage. 
 



Cast acrylic sheets are manufactured by pouring a liquid monomer into a mold made of two sheets of glass. This type of acrylic is known for its optical clarity, strength and impact resistance, and it is easier to machine than extruded acrylic. Engraved lettering and designs on clear cast acrylic will turn frosty white, providing nice contrast. Extruded acrylic, on the other hand, is manufactured by a continuous production process, which results in a more consistent gauge tolerance across the sheet. This type of acrylic is less expensive than cast acrylic and remains clear when engraved. Both cast and extruded acrylics offer UV stability, weatherability, moderate chemical resistance and will withstand heat up to  82 C or 180º F.
   Traditional acrylic sheets (the materials used for signs) are available as a single-ply sheet typically in 3mm and 6 mm thicknesses
   
Engraving Acrylics are available in a range of optical appearances (clear, opaque, translucent, mirrored, fluorescent, frosted), a variety of finishes (matte, gloss, satin, textured) and a wide range of colours, making it suitable for a variety of applications.
   Popular applications for acrylic include interior and exterior signage, badges, awards, industrial applications, channel lettering,  backlit signage is becoming popular and acrylic is an excellent material for this application. Acrylic can also be formed into many different types of products, such as tent signs, display fixtures, desk accessories and personalized gift items (trays, coasters ornaments, picture frames, etc.).
    One of the  disadvantages to traditional acrylics as an engraving stock is their uniform colour construction throughout. If you want contrasting colour in the engraved graphics, you are adding an extra step of colour filling the material using paint or another filler.




“Exterior Traffolyte “
   In addition to single-ply acrylic substrates, manufacturers have created acrylic blends containing ingredients such as fillers, pigments and additives that vary the physical properties of the material to create “modified” and “impact modified” acrylics. These acrylic blends are used to manufacture two- and three-ply materials with contrasting core and surface colours through co-extrusion, lamination or by adding a foil cap. The idea here is to utilize the advantages of traditional acrylic (weatherabiity) with the performance characteristics of multi-ply, multi-colored engraving stocks.
   Modified acrylic materials are available in an extensive number of colour combinations and finish options, and can be fabricated using many different methods, including both rotary and laser engraving. In addition, the use of modified acrylic in these two- and three-ply substrates makes most of them UV stable and weatherable so they can be used for both interior and exterior applications. 
   Suppliers also offer cast and extruded acrylic sheets specifically designed for reverse engraving. This two-ply material consists of a thick clear surface (as viewed from the front) and a thin coloured layer on the back. When the thin coloured layer is engraved with a reverse-reading design, the letters and graphics show through the clear base material which can then be colour filled or back lit for a number of unique applications, including subsurface signage.
   As mentioned, acrylic is a versatile material that can be marked using a variety of methods, including rotary engraving, laser engraving, hot stamping, screen printing, pad printing, UV-LED/direct printing and sandblasting. It can also be fabricated by sawing, routing, thermo-bending, laser vector cutting, beveling and drilling.








“Interior Traffolyte”

Is a pliable material typically made up of modified acrylic or ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene). It is usually configured as a thermoplastic consisting of two separate extruded sheets, a relatively thin cap layer and a thick core which are then “laminated” together in a large heat press. The cap layer is 0.2-0.25 mmt hick and is laminated to a contrasting coloured core material so that when you engrave through the cap you see the underlying colour. Common thicknesses include 0.8mm, 1.6mm ,  and 3mm. 


Three-ply materials are available in 1.6mm, 3mm and 6mm and there is a wide variety of colours and finishes to choose from, including satin, gloss, matte, textured, woodgrains and metallics. Reverse engravable conventional plastic is also available.
   Traditional laminated plastics are prone to variations in thickness. That’s not much of a problem for rotary engraving using a depth nose, but without a nose, you’re likely to experience cutting depth variations.
   A big advantage of this flexible material is that you can easily fabricate it by shearing, die cutting, hole punching, thermo-bending, heat fusing, solvent welding, etc. The ABS sheet materials are recommended for interior applications while the acrylic-based plastics are UV stable, meaning they will maintain colorfastness in UV conditions for a limited period time, and are able to withstand exterior weather conditions. Since ABS materials are manufactured with a slightly softer resin than acrylic, they have the features of added flexibility and excellent electrical insulation properties in addition to impact resistance and durability. 
   Conventional plastic engraving stock is primarily designed for rotary engraving with a carbide cutter. The laminated acrylic materials can be laser engraved, but the ABS materials are not recommended for laser engraving. ABS has a lower melting point which can cause it to warp and burn and, more importantly, it emits toxic fumes when engraved with a laser. Also, the relatively thick cap necessitates deeper engraving so it’s not well-suited for super fine detail or laser engraving since a relatively high power and low speed setting are required to cut through the cap which can result in melting, burning and discoloration. This material can also be marked by hot stamping, screen printing, pad printing and UV-LED/direct printing. 

Microsurface Flexible Engraving Stock
   Microsurface flexible engraving stock came onto the scene in the mid-1970s. It is very similar to conventional laminated flexible engraving stocks except that it has a very thin cap layer, typically about 0.08mm thick as opposed to .02mm- .025mm. The manufacturing process is basically a hot stamping operation which involves using heat and pressure to fuse a thin color or pattern coating to the contrasting core material, which is typically made of ABS or modified acrylic. The micro-thin cap on these plastics means you don’t need to engrave very deep (just slightly deeper than .0.08mm), which allows you to engrave more easily and achieve exceptionally fine detail. The thin cap also makes the acrylic microsurface stock very laser friendly since lower power and higher speeds can be used to penetrate the cap. As mentioned, ABS materials are only recommended for rotary engraving. In addition, the micro-surface acrylic materials are UV-stable and weatherable, but the micro-surface ABS materials are not recommended for exterior applications.
   Nowadays, there is an enormous selection of colors available in micro surface plastics, including metallics, woodgrains and geometric patterns in a variety of different finishes. New “trending” colours are continuously being introduced by manufacturers, so there is always plenty to choose from and new varieties are being introduced all the time. 
   Micro-surface plastic is available as a two-ply (.8mm, 1.6mm, 3mm) and three-ply (3mm) material. Reverse engravable micro-surface plastic is also available. In terms of fabricating and marking, you can use all of the same techniques used for conventional laminated flexible engraving stocks.
Ultra-Thin Flexible Engraving Stock
   This unique plastic is a two-ply material with a very thin impact acrylic core and a very thin cap, typically 0.08mm or less. The overall thickness of these materials is only about 0.10mm-0.8mm. Some of these products also have a pressure-sensitive self-adhesive backing. 
   Ultra-thin engraving stock is available in brass and aluminum look-alikes and several colours, woodgrains and marbles, and are mostly sold in sheets although some are available in rolls. The notable characteristic about all of these materials is that they are extremely thin, flexible and bendable so that they can be put on nearly anything, including curved and tapered surfaces like a flashlight or coffee mug. These characteristics also make these materials well-suited for labelling applications. Ultra-thin plastics are usually intended for interior use only.
   Ultra-thin plastic can be rotary engraved or lasered (as long as they are acrylic-based), and they can be fabricated like other plastics through shearing, sawing, drilling, thermo-bending, etc. Because they are so thin, they can also be cut with simple tools like scissors, a paper cutter or a scoring knife.


Sublimation Plastic

   These “plastics” are designed to withstand temperatures up to 205º C so that full-color images can be sublimated onto the material with a heat press. There are two types of sublimatable plastic available: fiber glass reinforced plastic (FRP) and Subliflex. FRP is 2.4mm thick and Subliflex is offered in 0.8mm thickness. Both are available in white with gloss and matte finishes to show off sublimation’s colors.
   FRP is rotary engravable but cannot be laser engraved due to the fiberglass content. This is a rigid material that needs to be cut with a rotary engraving machine or a saw. It is primarily intended for interior use but can be used for short-term exterior applications.
   The thin Subliflex is a flexible material similar to that used for plastic hotel key cards or plastic ID cards, but it doesn’t contain PVC. This is a more versatile material as it can be rotary engraved, laser engraved, sheared and even cut with scissors. The flexible plastic material can also be thermobent into products such as tent signs and is popular for applications such as ID cards. This material is actually two-sided, with one side having a matte finish and the other having a gloss finish.
   Sublimatable plastic in general offers many different applications. Name badges, interior design, personal identification, signage, holiday decorations, key chains and picture frames are just a few of the many sublimatable plastic product applications.




UV-LED/Direct Print Plastics

 
Printing plastics can be extremely problematic due to a variety of issues related to adhesion, ensure your supplier has proven capabilities, knowledge and experience in the printing of plastics as inks can literally fall off the surface within weeks of printing if the the surfaces are not prepared properly.
   UV-LED/direct printing is making waves in the industry as a new method for direct printing colour images on a variety of materials, including plastic. Theoretically, you can use a UV-LED/direct printer to print on any of the plastics mentioned , although you will most likely need to use an adhesion promotor to ensure that the ink adheres well.


Conclusion

The Choices available are comprehensive.  Therefore it’s recommended to check the MSDS and ask your supplier for assistance to ensure you are purchasing the right plastic for your requirements. This is stringently important when the job needs to meet specific criteria, such as , weatherability, chemical/solvent resistance, military specifications, etc. . 






































“Exterior Traffolyte “
   In addition to single-ply acrylic substrates, manufacturers have created acrylic blends containing ingredients such as fillers, pigments and additives that vary the physical properties of the material to create “modified” and “impact modified” acrylics. These acrylic blends are used to manufacture two- and three-ply materials with contrasting core and surface colours through co-extrusion, lamination or by adding a foil cap. The idea here is to utilize the advantages of traditional acrylic (weatherabiity) with the performance characteristics of multi-ply, multi-colored engraving stocks.
   Modified acrylic materials are available in an extensive number of colour combinations and finish options, and can be fabricated using many different methods, including both rotary and laser engraving. In addition, the use of modified acrylic in these two- and three-ply substrates makes most of them UV stable and weatherable so they can be used for both interior and exterior applications. 
   Suppliers also offer cast and extruded acrylic sheets specifically designed for reverse engraving. This two-ply material consists of a thick clear surface (as viewed from the front) and a thin coloured layer on the back. When the thin coloured layer is engraved with a reverse-reading design, the letters and graphics show through the clear base material which can then be colour filled or back lit for a number of unique applications, including subsurface signage.
   As mentioned, acrylic is a versatile material that can be marked using a variety of methods, including rotary engraving, laser engraving, hot stamping, screen printing, pad printing, UV-LED/direct printing and sandblasting. It can also be fabricated by sawing, routing, thermo-bending, laser vector cutting, beveling and drilling.
























 


Traditional Acrylic
   Traditional acrylic has sleek, upmarket, modern qualities that make it a very popular choice for a range of identification purposes including awards, gifts and fabrication applications. Traditional clear or single-color acrylic  is often noted as a lightweight, scratch-resistant and less expensive alternative to glass and with better optical clarity. An advantage of acrylic over some other plastics is its UV stability (meaning it’s able to withstand exposure to UV light) and weatherability (meaning it’s able to withstand the elements, such as sunshine, hot, cold, rain, snow, etc.). 
Both cast and extruded acrylic are commonly used.















Professional Plaques

Peter Vasic - Monday, January 30, 2017
Professional Plaques encompass a range of different materials and substrates. The prime purpose of a plaque is to inform and that can be broken down into some sub requirements:
  • Advertise
  • Promote
  • Create a perception
  • Deliver a sense of stability, trust and reliability
The question we are commonly asked is what type of plaque do I need ?  The answer can be found in the following.
  • What type of profession are you in ?
  • Do you require a plaque that exudes, distinction, tradition and  stable foundations ?
  • Do you require a plaque that promotes an air of modernity and progressiveness
  • Do you wish to convey,trust, success and a perception of longevity in service ?
Once you have established the perception you wish to convey, you then need to define the message or title and the type style ( Font ) you wish to convey it with.

Various materials  or substrates convey different perceptions.
  • Cast Bronze plaques: are generally perceived as the pinnacle in defining a sense of foundation, longevity and distinction: Generally utilized by Legal Firms or other professional practices that wish to convey class and stability with a perception of long lived success.
  • Brass Plaques :  Brass is the most popular substrate for Professional plaques and has long been popular due to it's ability to convey a perception of refinement, quality and distinction. The Golden hues are lustrous and show the client they can rest assured they are in successful trusted hands. 
  • Stainless Steel: is a contemporary metal, it lets your clients know your practice is at the forefront of current technology and ideas, whilst at the same time delivering a hi tech modern face to your profession.
Cast Bronze Plaque.  Brass Plaque.  Stainless Steel Plaque.

Professional plaques are often named by their professions rather than the type of metal they are made from:

  • Doctor's Plaques
  • Lawyer's Plaques
  • Attorney plaques
  • Veterinarians plaque
  • Chiropractors plaque
  • Alternative medicine practitioners plaque
  • Medical practice plaque
"Faux" Cast Brass is an alternative to a Cast Bronze Plaque, it conveys a similar look, however allows for the inclusion of much finer detail to the plaques including images and logos.
Faux cast Brass 


Durability Counts - Industrial labels & Nameplates

Peter Vasic - Friday, January 27, 2017

Durability Matters, we are often asked about the durability of our name plates and industrial labels, many of our clients think that because someone sells a nameplate or label and they make a claim about the durability of the plate or label, that somehow they are automatically covered in a protective cloak of durability fairy dust and that the name plates will last as long as the unsubstantiated claims by the local engraver or name plate maker gives you. We often hear, “All name plates are the same “, “We know, as we have done our due diligence and all engravers are the same. “ Therefore, whatever you tell us is simply marketing hype.

Then six months or to give credit, within 12 months, we get a phone call or email, the name of the enquirer is familiar and then the nameplate or label artwork shows us who the original enquiry was from. Inevitably the bottom line was the only concern, but we also hear “These plates have to represent, Value, Quality and be Competitive”.  99% of the time this is code for “Give me your Cheapest Price as all Name plates are the same.”

BE WARNED!  Many Engravers, name plate producers and trophy shops simply do not have the knowledge or facilities for protective coatings or production systems to develop, test and authenticate the products they make. Most rely on the literature from overseas manufacturers or second hand knowledge from local suppliers of substrates or a variety of unmatched coatings or protective systems.

They tell you what you want to hear, based on the premise that you believe “All name plates and Engravers are the same. “ They then hit you where you want to be targeted; “Of course these name plates represent value!”, The bottom line is reviewed ( the belief that what you are being told is covered in magic protective fairy dust ) and as we so well know due diligence is complete.

At Engraving Services Co, we have had a long and proud tradition and history in the manufacture of Name plates and labels and protective coatings: YES we manufacture our own coatings! We also have our own exposure facilities for the testing of our products, our competitor’s products and the same base systems and substrates our competitors peddle. As a result we try our best to educate our clients about longevity and durability of our industrial labels or nameplates as their lives are numbered in years rather than months or as we have seen, in weeks. Australia’s climate is tortuous on substrates. The UV levels are Extreme and the driving rains, tropical weather, marine exposure or freezing conditions simply destroy competitor low balled products.. No one likes to spend money on a product, then turn around and have to replace that same product a year later.

Our products are manufactured to high quality standards, based on our testing and thorough knowledge of protective coatings and substrate technologies; we understand the science and the sophisticated interactions, between various substrates, protective systems, paints, inks and adhesion protocols for paints, primers and top coats. These are all exposed in our own Exposure racks to criteria as per National standards authorities.

Nothing beats a robust, durable, long life product, especially when safety relies on the ability to still read markings, engravings or messages, years down the line.

At ESC our standards of manufacture, our experienced team and our testing procedures have earned us Authority in the industry. The end result is products you can rely on in any circumstance or environment, across Australia.


Commemorating your loved one

Kathy Vasic - Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Creating a memorial plaque for someone close to you is a very intimate and personal task to take on. Capturing all you want to convey can become daunting when you are limited to the size of the plaque, this is where many of us will use a favourite saying of the person they are commemorating or a quote that describes them. A photograph can also be incorporated into the design of your plaque. Your plaque will become a wonderful lasting commemoration of your lost loved one.

Port Adelaide Football Club The Invincibles 1914

Peter Vasic - Thursday, November 24, 2016

This amazing colourized Image of the 1914 Port Adelaide Football Club Team, was painstakingly produced by Peter Vasic as part of a Historic series. The ‘Invincibles’ as they became known, were the first ever team from one of Australia’s three equivalent major league competitions, the SAFL ( SANFL), the WAFL and the VFL (AFL) to have gone through the season undefeated. The remarkable achievement was made even more so when the true facts of their results are laid out.
Port won all its 14 SAFL games by an average margin of 49 points. The clubs senior side did not lose a game from June 21st 1913 through to July 15th 1915.

 The 1914 SAFL Grand Final resulted in a massive win to Port Adelaide where they held North Adelaide to a single goal for the match 13.15 (93) to 1.8 (14). The club then played VFL premiers Carlton on Adelaide Oval for the ‘Champions of Australia’ title, defeating the Victorian club 9.16 (70) to 5.6 (36). At seasons’ end the SAFL fielded a combined state team from the six other SAFL clubs to play Port Adelaide, but the "Invincibles" crushed the rest of the league by 14.14 (98) to South Australia's 5.10 (40). 

Port Adelaide supplied both the league’s best and fairest player The Magarey Medallist ; Jack Ashley and the League’s Leading Goal scorer, Jack Dunn with 33 Goals.

As a result this team has been put in First position in the series that will ensue featuring colourized versions of the Port Adelaide Football Club sides from the 1880’s until the mid 1950’s.

Peter has spent many years in the paint and decorating, design and signage industries and has an excellent working knowledge of heritage colour schemes, fashions and colours used in sign systems over time. This knowledge, his passion for South Australian Football history and his research allow him to as faithfully as possible replicate colours as close to era as possible.



Pet Memorials

Peter Vasic - Thursday, November 10, 2016
How much hurt does your heart feel when you lose a beloved pet ? How much do you miss them when they are gone ? Most times the pain is immeasurable and we long for their loving presence.
There are many ways to recognise or remember our beloved past pets and in ways that make us smile and keep them close to our hearts.
Some of us retain our pets name tags or registration labels, others keep a photo in an album or online.
Often we step out into our gardens and it then that the sounds, and smells trigger those warm loving memories that suddenly wash over us. However as time goes by our memories fade and those beautiful pets that once shared our lives begin to dim in our senses.
At ESC we deliver lovingly crafted memorials that allow our beloved pets to remain at the forefront of our memories with our Eternal Memory Pet Memorial Plaques.
These plaques can be placed with a degree of reverence and respect in a solemn quiet place in your garden or special place and each time you pass by or visit those Golden Memories and your tears of love can flow together. Remembering your precious , beloved pet, your furry friend can now be as simple as contacting ESC to find the best pet memorial for your needs. 
Call us or email us today to see how we can assist with your precious pet memorial plaque.

 

Earliest Evidence of Engravings.

Kathy Vasic - Wednesday, November 02, 2016
Simple facts from ESC.

Did you know that the earliest evidence of engraving is said to have dated back to between 430,000 and 540,000 years ago. These engravings or etchings were found on a fossilized shell on the island of Indonesia. 
Although fossilized this shows you how long engraving or etching can last.

Nameplates for Identification

Kathy Vasic - Monday, October 17, 2016

Nameplates for Identification

 

Labels and tags

 

ESC has been delivering labels and tags to the Australian industry since 1968 and since then has become the go to company for 1000s of manufacturers, electricians and plumbers along with industries like oil and gas, mining and defence. We are proud to have been chosen by these companies to supply them with such a vital part of their production.

 

Industry these days are, more often than not, looking for a reliable and trustworthy company to partner with for their supply of labels and tags. One that manufactures the absolute highest quality items based on your unique specifications and lead time. So when you are choosing your supplier find one that delivers quality, precise products and is consistent with their delivery times or better yet early and can work within your budget. Finding a supplier who can deliver these points can go a long way towards saving you stress and frustrations.

 

By reading through this article and asking the right questions you may avoid some very common mistakes made when ordering your labels and tags. Your supplier should also be able to help guide you towards the best material and process for your finished product.

 

One of the most common mistake made when ordering labels and tags is thinking that a low cost or cheap tag will do the job, this can result in a costly exercise when the label/tag starts to deteriorate in a very short period of time, and they need to be replaced, especially when the label/tag is in an extreme environment. Consider the following points prior to ordering your labels/tags.

What is the environment are they going to be used in.

 

Interior -  Electrical work (non-conductive material will be required) Plumbing, labelling of equipment (Computers, printers, asset management). Or in the interior of a vehicle or piece of heavy machinery.

Exterior – Will they be in a harsh or corrosive environment like the waterside, in direct sun or a high traffic area?

Visibility – Will these label/tags need to be visible from a distance or colour coded. Will the text need to be a size that can be read from a distance?

Once these points have been established it is then a question of material and what sort of life is expected from your labels/tags.

 

Once again, Interior – Electrical, plumbing, asset labelling is, more often than not, made using an engraved plastic, which under normal circumstances can give you at a lifespan of at least 15 to 25 years. But if you require a label/tag that is going to be used on the interior of, let’s say for example, a yacht or boat of some sort you need to consider the harsh environment the label/tag will be exposed to, (the corrosive effects of salt in sea spray) In this case it may well be better to use aluminium or stainless steel.

Exterior – What type of environment are they going to be in? Near the ocean, in the outback, under cover or in an environment with a lot of humidity or high rainfall and what sort of lifespan is required from them? The use of aluminium, stainless steel or brass are the most common materials used under these conditions.

 

Stainless Steel – Durable, corrosion, chemical and rust resistant, available in in various thicknesses and alloys and is heat and scratch resistant. This is used widely for:

                                                                                                                            

Valve Tags

Compliance plates

Asset Tags

Serial Plates

Instruction Panels

Warning Labels

VIN Plates

Chain Tags

Control Panels

Gauges and Rulers

Serial Plates

Rating Plates

Brand Identification

 

Aluminium – Durable, Light, oxidation and rust resistant, available in various thicknesses and alloys. Can be painted to suit brand identity. Some applications were aluminium is used;

 

Valve Tags

Compliance plates

Asset Tags

Serial Plates

Instruction Panels

Warning Labels

VIN Plates

Chain Tags

Control Panels

Gauges and Rulers

Serial Plates

Rating Plates

Brand Identification

 

Anodized Aluminium – (Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the surface into a durable, corrosion and oxide resistant or decorative finish.) Durable with an increased resistance to corrosion and wear, various thicknesses and a variety of colour options are available and allows paint primers and glues to adhere better than to bare metal. Anodized Aluminium is widely used for

 

Machinery and Instrument labelling

VIN and Modification Plates

Pet Tags

Valve tags

Compliance Plates

Asset tags

Instruction Panels

Serialised Plates

Fire Door Rating Plates

Promotional Items

 

 

Brass - Brass is one of those metals that does not spark due to the stiffness of the metal, If it does spark it there is very little heat energy that could be an issue when there are flammable vapours in the vicinity. It is visually appealing and once again a metal that is durable, chemical and corrosion resistant. However, brass is known to oxidise very quickly unless it is coated with our UV resistant clear coating. Comes in a variety of thickness and is widely specified in the mining industry. Applications for Brass include the following

 

Asset Labelling

Valve Tags

Compliance Plates

Brand Identification (a particular favourite for timber furniture makers)

 

 

 

 

What type of process will be best?

 

The actual engraving of your labels/tags can be done through a number of different processes. These include

Traditional Rotary Engraving - Rotary engraving is when the material is actually cut out using this process. This method uses a computer driven engraving machine with different size cutters or bits (think drill bit) on the head. When this method is used the engraved letters or images can be paint filled giving greater contrast.                                                                                                                          Prior to computers this process was done by hand and then using a Pantograph Machine (think back to when you were a child and you used to trace a pattern or a drawing from a book using a sketch o graph) well these machines were like that on a very big scale. Though rarely used these days they can still be utilised in very special cases

Laser Engraving – Laser engraving, using a Co2 laser is a substantially faster way to engrave most substrates. 


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